January 11, 2013 – 9:27 pm

Westside Community Bank, University Place, Washington, is number one on the FDIC bad bank hit list for 2013. The agency  seized the small lender in Washington state, making it the first U.S. bank failure of 2013after 51 closures last year. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $20.3 million.

Westside Community Bank, University Place, Washington, was closed today by the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Sunwest Bank, Irvine, California, to assume all of the deposits of Westside Community Bank.

The two branches of Westside Community Bank will reopen on Monday as branches of Sunwest Bank. Depositors of Westside Community Bank will automatically become depositors of Sunwest Bank. 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 Westside Community Bank should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from Sunwest Bank that it has completed systems changes to allow other Sunwest Bank branches to process their accounts as well.

This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Westside Community 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 September 30, 2012, Westside Community Bank had approximately $97.7 million in total assets and $96.5 million in total deposits. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Sunwest Bank agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets.

Customers with questions about today’s transaction should call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-830-4705. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST); on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., PST; on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m., PST; on Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., PST; and thereafter from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., PST.

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