A Bremerton Bank gets shut down by the state and FDIC… Here’s the state press release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WA Department of financial Institutions TAKES POSSESSION OF WestSound Bank — Kitsap Bank will be new owner
Bremerton’s Westsound Bank will reopen Monday — with minimal disruption of service throughout the weekend — under new ownership with Kitsap Bank of Port Orchard
Olympia – The Washington Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) took possession of Bremerton’s Westsound Bank today, citing severe asset problems, significant losses and inadequate capital. Immediately upon taking possession, DFI appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) receiver. Then the FDIC immediately entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Kitsap Bank of Port Orchard, Wash.
The corporate office and the eight branches of Westsound Bank will reopen on Monday, May 11 with minimal disruption in services. Online services may not be available until Monday.
“It is regrettable to have to take such actions, but DFI did so to ensure the soundness and stability of banking in Washington State,” DFI’s Director of Banks Brad Williamson said. “This unfortunate event is the result of very poor lending practices during the past several years. While the current management team worked diligently to overcome problems with the bank’s loan portfolio — a combination of the downturn in the local real estate market and the overall economic situation combined to make it impossible for the institution to continue.”
Williamson reminds depositors that most deposits in Washington state chartered banks are insured by the FDIC up to $250,000.
Kitsap Bank will assume all deposits of Westsound bank except brokered deposits, which the FDIC will pay. It is anticipated there will be no loss exposure to Westsound Bank depositors.
Throughout the weekend, depositors of Westsound Bank can access their funds 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, 2009, Westsound Bank’s financial statements listed total assets of $335 million and total deposits of $304 million.
The closure of Westsound Bank is the second in Washington State this year. DFI closed Bank of Clark County January 16. Prior to 2009, the most recent bank closure in Washington State was the 1993 closure of Emerald City Bank of Seattle.
Westsound Bank customers seeking more information about the possession should visit www.dfi.wa.gov/banks/westsound.htm or www.fdic.gov.
The FDIC recently published a borrower’s guide to an FDIC insured bank failure at www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/borrowers/index.html.
For more information about deposit insurance for Washington banks and credit unions, visit www.dfi.wa.gov/consumers/deposits.htm. For details about FDIC coverage limits and requirements, visit www.fdic.gov or call toll-free 1.877.ASK.FDIC.