Updated from 10:21 a.m. EDT
Regulators shut down two banks Friday, bringing the total number of bank and thrift failures during 2009 to 23. For the third time in less than a month, the FDIC apparently was unable to find a buyer for one of the failed institutions.
The Colorado State Bank Commissioner shut down New Frontier Bank of Greeley, Colo. and named the FDIC receiver. The FDIC created the Deposit Insurance National Bank of Greeley, which was to operate for about 30 days and allow New Frontier's retail savings and checking depositors to move their insured balances to other institutions. The rest of New Frontier's deposits were to be returned directly to depositors or, in some cases, to brokers.
Meanwhile, The North Carolina Commissioner of Banks shut down Cape Fear Bank of Wilmington, N.C. and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. receiver. The FDIC then arranged for First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston (held by First Financial Holdings (FFCH)) to acquire all the deposits of the failed institution and most of its assets. Cape Fear Bank's holding company was Cape Fear Bank Corp. (CAPE).