Legacy Bank, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was closed today by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Seaway Bank and Trust Company, Chicago, Illinois, to assume all of the deposits of Legacy Bank.
The sole branch of Legacy Bank will reopen on Saturday as a branch of Seaway Bank and Trust Company. Depositors of Legacy Bank will automatically become depositors of Seaway Bank and Trust Company. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship in order to retain their deposit insurance coverage up to applicable limits. Customers of Legacy Bank should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from Seaway Bank and Trust Company that it has completed systems changes to allow other Seaway Bank and Trust Company branches to process their accounts as well.
This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Legacy 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 December 31, 2010, Legacy Bank had approximately $190.4 million in total assets and $183.3 million in total deposits. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Seaway Bank and Trust Company agreed to purchase approximately $165.9 million of Legacy Bank's assets. The FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition.
The FDIC and Seaway Bank and Trust Company entered into a loss-share transaction on $120.0 million of Legacy Bank's assets. Seaway Bank and Trust Company 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 1-800-430-7974. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST); on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., CST; on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time (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/legacy-wi.html.
The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $43.5 million. Compared to other alternatives, Seaway Bank and Trust Company's acquisition was the least costly resolution for the FDIC's DIF. Legacy Bank is the 25th FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the third in Wisconsin. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Badger State Bank, Cassville, on February 11, 2011.
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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 7,657 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-55-2011