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CorTrust Bank National Association, Mitchell, South Dakota, Assumes All of the Deposits of Brickwell Community Bank, Woodbury, Minnesota

September 11, 2009
Media Contact:
LaJuan Williams-Dickerson
(202) 898-3876

Brickwell Community Bank, Woodbury, Minnesota, was closed today by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with CorTrust Bank N.A., Mitchell, South Dakota, to assume all of the deposits of Brickwell Community Bank.

The sole branch of Brickwell Community Bank will reopen on Saturday as a branch of CorTrust Bank. Depositors of Brickwell Community Bank will automatically become depositors of CorTrust 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 CorTrust Bank can fully integrate the deposit records of Brickwell Community Bank.

This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Brickwell 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 July, 24, 2009, Brickwell Community Bank had total assets of $72 million and total deposits of approximately $63 million. CorTrust Bank will pay the FDIC a premium of 0.10 percent to assume all of the deposits of Brickwell Community Bank. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, CorTrust Bank agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets.

The FDIC and CorTrust Bank entered into a loss-share transaction on approximately $65 million of Brickwell Community Bank's assets. CorTrust Bank will share in the losses on the asset pools covered under the loss-share agreement. The loss-sharing arrangement is projected to maximize returns on the assets covered by keeping them in the private sector. The agreement also is expected to minimize disruptions for loan customers.

Customers who have questions about today's transaction can call the FDIC toll-free at 1- 800-815-0268. 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 can also visit the FDIC's Web site at

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $22 million. CorTrust Bank's acquisition of all the deposits was the "least costly" resolution for the FDIC's DIF compared to alternatives. Brickwell Community Bank is the 91st FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the third in Minnesota. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Mainstreet Bank, Forest Lake, on August 28, 2009.

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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 8,195 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, by subscription electronically (go to and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-169-2009

Last Updated 9/11/2009

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