As we drive deeper into the second quarter of 2010, 57 banks have been closed throughout the United State during the calendar year by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the office of the comptroller of the currency. Assessing the US bank failure situation vis-à-vis 2009, considered the worst year for bank failures in decades, failures are almost twice that of 2009 – at this time in April 2009, 29 banks had shuttered their doors, Horizon Bank of Bellingham, WA was the 29th FDIC-insured institution to fail in 2009.
If we look at the hot spots of the situation, Illinois has the most failed banks in 2010, with a total of ten (10) institutions that have gone under this year alone. Florida is a close second with nine (9) bank failures in 2010. According to our research, bank failures have in significant part been due to construction and multifamily distressed assets.
Yesterday, the FDIC announced a torrent of bank closures in Illinois, which caused the state’s bank failure rate to spike to 10. The latest list of bank failures include Wheatland Bank, Peotone Bank and Trust Company, Lincoln Park Savings Bank, New Century Bank, Citizens Bank and Trust Company of Chicago, Broadway Bank, and Amcore Bank National Association. The FDIC is on pace to shatter the failed bank count of 140 set in 2009.