Four Banks Fail In Georgia and California

Four banking failures in Georgia and California have increased total banking failures for 2011 to 22.  Small and mid sized banks continue to face the most difficulty as they find it impossible to raise additional capital required by regulators.

During 2010 a total of 157 banking failures occurred, the most since 1992 when 181 banks were closed. In 2009 a total of 140 banks were closed.  During all of 2008 there were 25 bank failures.  There were only 3 bank failures during 2007.  No banks failed during 2005 and 2006.

With 860 banks or over 10% of all FDIC insured institutions on the Problem Bank List, the pace of banking failures does not look likely to subside anytime soon (see Seven Reasons Why Banking Failures Will Increase During 2011).

Highlights of this week’s banking failures include:

  • The four failed banks had combined assets of $1.1 billion and resulted in a loss to the FDIC Deposit Insurance Fund of $267.6 million.  Total losses on failed banks for 2011 now totals $1.72 billion.
  • The week’s largest banking failure was Habersham Bank, GA, which had assets of $387.6 million.  Georgia now leads the nation in bank failures with six problem banks closed this year.
  • The FDIC, for the third time this year, sold a failed bank to a bank with outstanding TARP loans.  First California Bank owes the US Treasury for a TARP loan but was allowed to buy failed San Luis Trust Bank of CA.

For details on each bank failure, please click on the link below.

Bank Failure #19  – Habersham Bank, GA

Bank Failure #20  – Citizens Bank of Effingham, GA

Bank Failure #21 – Charter Oak Bank, CA

Bank Failure #22 – San Luis Trust Bank, CA


  1. Charter Oak Bank failed due to ego and hubris work by Brian Kelly. It is rumored that he has joined the entourage of Clarence Thomas as Mr Footlong.

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