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Philadelphia’s Republic First Bank closes as regulators declare it the first US bank failure this year.

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Outside its Washington headquarters on March 14, 2023, the FDIC seal is displayed. Regulators shut down Republic First Bank, a regional lender across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. On Friday, April 26, 2024, the FDIC announced the seizure of the Philadelphia-based bank, which held approximately $6 billion in assets and $4 billion in deposits as of January 31.

Regulators closed Republic First Bank, a regional lender operating in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced Friday the seizure of the Philadelphia-based bank, trading as Republic Bank, with approximately $6 billion in assets and $4 billion in deposits as of Jan. 31.

Fulton Bank Assumes Republic First Bank’s Deposits and Assets:

Fulton Bank, headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has agreed to take over nearly all of the failed bank’s deposits and acquire virtually all of its assets, according to the agency. Republic Bank’s 32 branches will transition into branches of Fulton Bank starting as soon as Saturday. Republic First Bank depositors will be able to access their funds through checks or ATMs as early as Friday night, the FDIC stated.

The deposit insurance fund is anticipated to incur a $667 million expense due to the bank’s collapse. This institution marks the initial FDIC-insured failure in the U.S. this year. The previous bank failure occurred in November and involved Citizens Bank, headquartered in Sac City, Iowa.

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Source: KTSM 9 News

Economic Challenges Impacting Banking Sector; Investor Group Infuses $1 Billion into New York Community Bancorp:

During a robust economy, only four or five banks typically shut down annually. However, increasing interest rates and declining commercial real estate values, particularly for office spaces experiencing elevated vacancy rates post-pandemic, have amplified financial vulnerabilities for numerous regional and community banks. Loans linked to devalued properties pose challenges for refinancing.

In the previous month, an investor consortium, which includes Steven Mnuchin, the former U.S. Treasury secretary under the Trump administration, committed to injecting over $1 billion to save New York Community Bancorp. The bank has been severely impacted by challenges in commercial real estate and operational difficulties stemming from its acquisition of a struggling bank.

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