Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sanderson State Bank of Texas Goes Down

We had a doubleheader by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as they seized two banks on Friday evening. The first was the Sanderson State Bank of Texas.

This bank was taken over by the Pecos County Bank. Sanderson State Bank was a small bank and had total assets of $37 million and total deposits of $27.9 million at December 3, 2008.

Sanderson State Bank was first established in 1907, and had only one branch. It was able to survive the Panic of 1907, and the Great Depression in the 1930's, but not the most recent calamity to strike our economy.

The interesting thing to note was how quickly the situation deteriorated for Sanderson State Bank. At 9/30/2008, the bank had a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 12.55%, and a Total risk-based capital ratio of 13.80%.

Ninety percent of its loans were real estate and maybe it was one concentrated loan that did them in. A sad end to a 100 year old bank.

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