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Simmons First National Bank, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Assumes All of the Deposits of Southwest Community Bank, Springfield, Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2010
Media Contact:
David Barr (202) 898-6992
Cell: (703) 622-4790
Email: dbarr@fdic.gov

Southwest Community Bank, Springfield, Missouri, was closed today by the Missouri Division of Finance, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Simmons First National Bank, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to assume all of the deposits of Southwest Community Bank.

The sole branch of Southwest Community Bank will reopen on Saturday as a branch of Simmons First National Bank. Depositors of Southwest Community Bank will automatically become depositors of Simmons First National Bank. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship to retain their deposit insurance coverage. Customers should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from Simmons First National Bank that it has completed systems changes to allow other Simmons First National Bank branches to process their accounts as well.

This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Southwest Community Bank can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.

As of March 31, 2010, Southwest Community Bank had approximately $96.6 million in total assets and $102.5 million in total deposits. Simmons First National Bank will pay the FDIC a premium of 0.50 percent to assume all of the deposits of Southwest Community Bank. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Simmons First National Bank agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets.

The FDIC and Simmons First National Bank entered into a loss-share transaction on $66.8 million of Southwest Community Bank's assets. Simmons First National Bank will share in the losses on the asset pools covered under the loss-share agreement. The loss-share transaction is projected to maximize returns on the assets covered by keeping them in the private sector. The transaction also is expected to minimize disruptions for loan customers. For more information on loss share, please visit: http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/lossshare/index.html.

Customers who have questions about today's transaction can call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-895-0643. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time (CDT); on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., CDT; on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m., CDT; and thereafter from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., CDT. Interested parties also can visit the FDIC's Web site at http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/swcmntymo.html.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $29.0 million. Simmons First National Bank's acquisition of all the deposits was the "least costly" resolution for the FDIC's DIF compared to all alternatives. Southwest Community Bank is the 71st FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the fourth in Missouri. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Champion Bank, Creve Coeur, on April 30, 2010.

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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's 8,012 banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars – insured financial institutions fund its operations.

FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at www.fdic.gov, by subscription electronically (go to www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html) and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-115-2010




Last Updated 5/14/2010 communications@fdic.gov