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Banks Fail in Three States

WASHINGTON (TheStreet) -- Regulators closed four banks on Friday, bringing this year's tally of U.S. bank failures to 143.

The bank closures cost the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s insurance fund a combined $254.5 million.

All of the failed banks were previously included in TheStreet's Bank Watch List of undercapitalized institutions, based on preliminary third-quarter regulatory data provided by SNL Financial.

K Bank

State regulators in Maryland shut down K Bank of Randallstown, Md., which had $538 million in total assets and $500 million in deposits. The FDIC was appointed receiver and sold all of the retail deposits and roughly $411 million of the failed bank's assets to Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company of Buffalo, N.Y., which is the main subsidiary of M&T Bank Corp. (MTB). The FDIC retained K Bank's remaining assets for later disposition and agreed to absorb 80% of the losses on $289 million of the assets acquired by M&T.

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The FDIC advised customers who made deposits in K Bank through brokers to contact the brokers directly about the status of their accounts.

K Bank's seven branches were scheduled to reopen Saturday as branches of M&T. The FDIC estimated the bank failure would cost its deposit insurance fund $198.4 million.

This was M&T Bank Corp's second acquisition of the week, following the announcement Monday of a deal to acquire Wilmington Trust (WL) for about $351 million in stock. That announcement followed Wilmington's report of a third-quarter net loss to common shareholders of $369.9 million.

Western Commercial Bank

The California Department of Financial Institutions took over Western Commercial Bank of Woodland Hills, Calif. and appointed the FDIC receiver. The FDIC sold the failed bank's $101 million in deposits for a 0.5% premium to First California Bank of Westlake Village, Calif., which is the main subsidiary of First California Financial Group (FCAL). First California also agreed to assume the failed bank's total assets of about $99 million. The FDIC agreed to share in losses on $83.9 million of the acquired assets and estimated the cost of Western Commercial Bank's failure to the deposit insurance fund would be $25.2 million.

Western Commercial's office was set to reopen Monday as a First California Branch.

Pierce Commercial Bank

The Washington Department of Financial Institutions shuttered Pierce Commercial Bank of Tacoma, Wash. The FDIC was appointed receiver and sold the failed bank's total deposits of $194 million for a 1% premium to Heritage Bank of Olympia, Wash. Heritage Bank is held by Heritage Financial Corp. (HFWA).

Heritage Bank also agreed to take on the failed bank's $221 million in total assets. The FDIC estimate the cost of Pierce Commercial Bank's failure to the deposit insurance fund would be $21.3 million.

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