It looks like the 92nd bank closure of the year will be from Washington state. It’s Venture Bank, based in Lacey. Here is a press release from Washington State Department of Financial Institutions:
Olympia – The Washington Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) closed Venture Bank today, citing inadequate capital and severe loan losses. Immediately following the closure, DFI named the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver of Venture Bank.
The FDIC immediately entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company of Raleigh, N.C. First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company will assume all deposits and assets of Venture Bank, except brokered deposits, which will be paid out by the FDIC.
“Venture’s capital has been depleted by large loan and investment losses,” Brad Williamson, Director of DFI’s Division of Banks explained. “Like many banks across the country, Venture’s real estate construction and development portfolio has suffered as real estate values have fallen.”
“However, Venture’s demise was hastened by very large losses associated with FNMA/Freddie Mac preferred stock and Collateralized Debt Obligations,” Williamson continued. “The combination of loan and investment losses created capital problems that couldn’t be overcome without an immediate capital infusion, which hasn’t been forthcoming.”
“While we are disappointed in Venture Bank’s inability to continue safe and sound financial operations,” DFI Director Scott Jarvis said, “we are pleased to see the negotiation of a whole bank purchase, insuring the deposits and loans of individuals, businesses and public entities throughout Washington. The only change customers should see is a new name and logo, services will continue as before.”
Venture Bank, headquartered in Lacey, Wash. with administrative offices in DuPont, Wash., has branches located throughout the Puget Sound region, from Thurston, Lewis and Pierce counties up into King County. All will be assumed by First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company. Branches that provide drive-up services on Saturday will reopen on Saturday with normal business hours as branches of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company. The corporate office and all of Venture’s 18 branches will reopen on Monday, Sept. 14 as branches of First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company.
Throughout the weekend and transition, Venture Bank customers can access their funds by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual. Online services will remain available.
As of June 30, 2009, Venture Bank had total assets of $991.4 million and total deposits of $902.7 million.