Western Springs National Bank and Trust, Western Springs, Illinois was closed today by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Heartland Bank and Trust Company, Bloomington, Illinois, to assume all of the deposits of Western Springs National Bank and Trust.
The two branches of Western Springs National Bank and Trust will reopen during normal business hours beginning Saturday as branches of Heartland Bank and Trust Company. Depositors of Western Springs National Bank and Trust will automatically become depositors of Heartland 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 Western Springs National Bank and Trust should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from Heartland Bank and Trust Company that it has completed systems changes to allow other Heartland Bank and Trust Company branches to process their accounts as well.
This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Western Springs National Bank and Trust 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, Western Springs National Bank and Trust had approximately $186.8 million in total assets and $181.9 million in total deposits. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Heartland Bank and Trust Company agreed to purchase essentially all of the failed bank's assets.
The FDIC and Heartland Bank and Trust Company entered into a loss-share transaction on $100.8 million of Western Springs National Bank and Trust's commercial loans. Heartland Bank and Trust Company will share in the losses on the asset pool 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 1-800-528-6215. 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/westernsprings.html.
The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $31.0 million. Compared to other alternatives, Heartland Bank and Trust Company's acquisition was the least costly resolution for the FDIC's DIF. Western Springs National Bank and Trust is the 27th FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the fourth in Illinois. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was The Bank of Commerce, Wood Dale, on March 25, 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.
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