Colonial Bank Seized by FDIC. BB&T to Buy Assets

by devteam August 15th, 2009 | Share

Reuters reports that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will take Colonial Bank Group into receivership and sell the bank’s assets to BB&T Corp.  This would be the largest bank failure since Wachovia Bank was put into receivership last September.

Colonial is based in Montgomery, Alabama and has $25 million in assets.  Its 355 branches are located in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Nevada.

The Alabama State Banking Department had said earlier in the week that it might ask the federal insurer to take over the state’s second largest bank after August 12.  It then canceled a scheduled meeting with the banks officers, giving no reason.  FDIC typically seizes a bank at the close of business on Friday, but never comments on its plans in advance of the actual takeover.

BB&T, the institution said to be assuming the assets, in headquartered in North Carolina.  In June it bought back the government’s interest in its operations, repaying the TARP fund $3.1 billion. The bank’s stock soared 9 percent after the rumors stated to swirl.

Colonial expanded its operations into Florida during the housing boom and ended up holding more than $1.7 billion in toxic real estate loans.   It recently posted a second-quarter loss of over $600 million and had been unable to meet capital requirements to qualify for an infusion of TARP money.  An expected $300 million from an investor has not materialized and the bank admitted last month that it might not be able to survive.  Topping off its problems, it announced last week that its warehouse mortgage-lending business was the subject of a U.S. criminal probe.

The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading in the bank’s stock before the opening this morning.

Update: FDIC Press Release


All Content Copyright © 2003 – 2009 Brown House Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.nReproduction in any form without permission of is prohibited.

About the Author


Steven A Feinberg (@CPAsteve) of Appletree Business Services LLC, is a PASBA member accountant located in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

See all blogs


Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Latest Articles

Real Estate Investors Skip Paying Loans While Raising Billions

By John Gittelsohn August 24, 2020, 4:00 AM PDT Some of the largest real estate investors are walking away from Read More...

Late-Stage Delinquencies are Surging

Aug 21 2020, 11:59AM Like the report from Black Knight earlier today, the second quarter National Delinquency Survey from the Read More...

Published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

It was recently published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which is about as official as you can Read More...