October 20, 2012 – 12:46 am

GulfSouth Private Bank, Destin, Florida, is the 44th FDIC insured institution to fail nationwide in 2012. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $36.1 million.

GulfSouth Private Bank, Destin, Florida, was closed today by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with SmartBank, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to assume all of the deposits of GulfSouth Private Bank.

The four branches of GulfSouth Private Bank will reopen on Monday as branches of SmartBank. Depositors of GulfSouth Private Bank will automatically become depositors of SmartBank. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship in order to retain their deposit insurance coverage up to applicable limits. Customers of GulfSouth Private Bank should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from SmartBank that it has completed systems changes to allow other SmartBank branches to process their accounts as well.

This evening and over the weekend, depositors of GulfSouth Private Bank can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.

As of June 30, 2012, GulfSouth Private Bank had approximately $159.1 million in total assets and $151.1 million in total deposits. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, SmartBank agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets.

Customers with questions about today’s transaction should call the FDIC toll-free at  1-800-822-7182. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time (CDT); on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., CDT; on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m., CDT; on Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., CDT; and thereafter from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CDT.

If you should have ant further questions please do not hesitate to visit the FDIC web page for GulfSouth Private Bank.


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