Bank Watch List Grows: 155 Banks On The Brink (Update 2)
Updated with market close information.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- There are now 155 undercapitalized institutions on the TheStreet's Bank Watch List, which is two more than last quarter, despite 11 banks being shuttered by regulators in the meantime.
Based on a set of preliminary fourth-quarter regulatory data supplied by HighlineFI for the nation's banks and savings and loan associations -- and factoring-in the 11 bank and thrift failures since TheStreet's final third-quarter Watch List was published on Nov. 16 -- 155 institutions were undercapitalized at year-end, according to the regulatory guidelines that apply to most institutions.
Fourth-quarter data is now available for roughly 90% of U.S. banks and thrifts.
Click the link below to see the full list:
It is important to note that any capital raised by institutions during the first quarter of 2012 will not be reflected on the Watch List.
Most banks and thrifts need to maintain Tier 1 leverage, Tier 1 risk-based and total risk-based capital ratios of at least 5%, 6% and 10% to be considered well-capitalized under regulatory guidelines. Some trust banks carry lower capital requirements. The ratios need to be at least 4%, 4% and 8% for most to be considered adequately capitalized.
One banks on the preliminary fourth-quarter watch list was actually negatively capitalized as of Dec. 30. New City Bank of Chicago's Tier 1 leverage ratio fell to -2.38%, after the bank posted a fourth-quarter net loss of $5.2 million.
U.S. Century Bank of Doral, Fla., is the largest institution on the preliminary fourth-quarter watch list, with $1.3 billion in total assets as of Dec. 30. The bank slipped from well capitalized to adequately capitalized in the fourth quarter of 2010, when it posted a $52 million net loss, as it set aside reserves, mainly for nonperforming commercial real estate and development loans, and saw its total risk-based capital ratio fall below 10.00%.
The bank slipped to undercapitalized in the third quarter. Total losses for 2011 were $79 million, and the bank's nonperforming assets ratio was a very high 21.58% as of Dec. 30, according to HighlineFI.
U.S. Century Bank in June of last year entered into a consent order with state regulators and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., agreeing to improve board of directors supervision of the institution, hire qualified new senior officers achieve a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 8% and a total risk-based capital ratio of 12% within 120 days of the order.
The second-largest undercapitalized bank on the preliminary fourth-quarter watch list is First Mariner Bank of Baltimore, which had $1.2 billion in total assets as of Dec. 31, and is a subsidiary of First Mariner Bancorp
The holding company last April entered into an agreement with Priam Capital Fund I LP for an investment of $36.4 million, as part of the company's plan to raise $160 million in new capital. Priam's investment was contingent upon First Mariner lining up the remaining $123.6 million in capital, and the Nov. 30 deadline quietly passed without the deal being consummated.
First Mariner Bancorp did not return a call requesting comment for this article.
First Mariner's shares recovered from earlier losses, to close flat for Tuesday's trading session, at 35 cents.
Next is Citizens First National Bank of Princeton, Ill., which had $1.0 billion in total assets as of Dec. 31, and slipped to undercapitalized during the fourth quarter, when a $15.2 million net loss left the bank with a Tier 1 leverage ratio below 4.00%.
The bank is held by Princeton National Bancorp
The holding company in October entered into an agreement with the Federal Reserve bank of Chicago, agreeing to act as a source of strength to the bank, submit a capital plan to the Fed.
The holding company hasn't yet announced its fourth-quarter results.
The holding company had 64 separately-charted bank subsidiaries in 17 states at the end of 2009, and reduced the number of subsidiaries to 19 as of Sept. 30, through sales of some subsidiary banks and mergers of others.
Capitol Bancorp hasn't yet reported its fourth-quarter results.
Capitol Bancorp's shares recovered from earlier losses to close at 15 cents, for a 6% decline on Tuesday.
Thorough Bank Failure Coverage
A total of seven institutions have been shuttered by regulators this year, following 92 failures in 2011. During the current wave of failures that began in 2008, there have been 421 banks and thrifts closed by regulators, with Georgia in the lead with 75 bank closures; followed by Florida, with 60 failures; Illinois, with 47; and California, with 38 failed banks and thrifts.
All bank and thrift failures since the beginning of 2008 are detailed in TheStreet's interactive bank failure map:
The bank failure map is color-coded, with the states having the greatest number of failures highlighted in dark gray, and states with no failures in light green. By moving your mouse over a state you can see its combined 2008-2012 totals. Clicking on a state opens a detailed map pinpointing the locations and providing additional information for each bank failure.
-- Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla.
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