Wisconsin had its first bank failure in over 2 years on Friday when state regulators closed Banks of Wisconsin, Kenosha, Wisconsin. The FDIC, appointed as receiver, sold the failed bank to North Shore Bank, FSB, Brookfield, Wisconsin, which will assume all deposits of Banks of Wisconsin.

Banks of Wisconsin, established in June 2000, had 2 branches which did business as Bank of Kenosha. Both branches will reopen as branches of North Shore Bank. All depositors of Bank of Kenosha will become depositors of North Shore Bank with uninterrupted FDIC deposit insurance. Customers of Bank of Kenosha will have access to their money over the weekend through the use of checks, ATM and debit cards.

Bank of Wisconsin wasn’t a large bank. As of March 31, 2013 the bank had total assets of $134.0 millions and total deposits of $127.6 millions. North Shore Bank agreed to purchase $97.4 millions of the failed bank’s assets with the FDIC retaining the balance of $36.6 millions for later disposition.he acquisition of Banks of Wisconsin is the second purchase of a failed bank by North Shore Bank. On September 17, 2010, North Shore Bank took over the failed Maritime Savings Bank, West Allis, Wisconsin, acquiring $177.6 millions in assets and $350.5 millions in deposits.

The cost to the FDIC Deposit Insurance Fund for the failure of Banks of Wisconsin is $26.3 millions. Banks of Wisconsin becomes the 14th banking failure of the year and the first in Wisconsin since March 2011 when Legacy Bank, Milwaukee have been closed.


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