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Corus Bank Finally Fails

That special dividend netted then-CEO Robert J. Glickman and his family, who owned a controlling interest in Corus at the time, about $25 million, according to published reports.

Following nearly two years of steady decline as the bank's loans -- nearly all condominium construction and conversion loans in key boom-and-bust states such as Florida and California -- soured and losses mounted, Corus announced on July 31 that both the holding company and the bank were insolvent, with negative equity as of June 30.

Corus Bank was included in TheStreet.com's list of banks and thrifts that were undercapitalized as of June 30 -- one of five institutions on the list with negative capital positions. Of a similar list of 89 banks and thrifts that were undercapitalized at the end of the first quarter, 40 have already failed.

Ongoing Bank Failure Coverage

All failures for 2008 and 2009 through last week are detailed in TheStreet.com's interactive bank failure map:

Georgia leads all states with 23 bank or thrift failures during 2008 and 2009, followed by Illinois with 17, California with 14, Florida with eight and Nevada with five failures.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM), which acquired Washington Mutual, the largest-ever bank or thrift to fail in the U.S., is among the large bank holding companies that have acquired failed institutions during 2008 and 2009. Others include SunTrust Banks (STI), Regions Financial (RF), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), U.S. Bancorp (USB), Zions Bancorp (ZION), PNC Financial (PNC) and BB&T (BBT).

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-- Reported by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter Fla.

Philip W. van Doorn joined TheStreet.com Ratings., Inc., in February 2007. He is the senior analyst responsible for assigning financial strength ratings to banks and savings and loan institutions. He also comments on industry and regulatory trends. Mr. van Doorn has fifteen years experience, having served as a loan operations officer at Riverside National Bank in Fort Pierce, Florida, and as a credit analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, where he monitored banks in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Mr. van Doorn has additional experience in the mutual fund and computer software industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Long Island University.
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