WASHINGTON (

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) -- Regulators shut down three banks Friday, bringing the total number of failed institutions this year to 133.

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had previously given the banks E-minus (Very Weak) financial strength ratings, and all three were included in

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list of

undercapitalized banks and thrifts

.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency closed

Republic Federal Bank NA

of Miami, Fla. and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. receiver. The FDIC sold the failed bank's $353 million in deposits to

1st United Bank

of Boca Raton, Fla. for a 1% premium. 1st United also purchased $267 million of Republic Federal's $433 million in total assets at a discount of 37%. The FDIC agreed to share in losses on $210 million of the acquired assets and estimated the cost to its insurance fund would be $122.6 million. Republic Federal's four offices were scheduled to reopen Monday as 1st United branches.

1st United Bank is the main subsidiary of

1st United Bancorp

(FUBC)

.

The OCC also shut down

Valley Capital Bank NA

of Mesa, Ariz. The FDIC was appointed receiver and sold the failed bank's total deposits of $41 million for a 2% premium to

Enterprise Bank & Trust

of Clayton, Mo. Enterprise is held by

Enterprise Financial Services

(EFSC) - Get Report

.

Enterprise also agreed to take on the failed bank's total assets of $40 million, with the FDIC agreeing to share in losses on about $30 million of the acquired assets. The agency estimated the cost to its insurance fund would be $7.4 million. Valley Capital's office was set to reopen Monday as an enterprise branch.

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Kansas regulators shuttered

SolutionsBank

of Overland Park, Kan., and the FDIC arranged for

Arvest Bank

of Fayetteville, Ark., to take over the failed institution's $421 million in deposits and $511 in total assets, with Arvest paying no premium. The FDIC agreed to share in losses on $411 million of the acquired assets and estimated the cost to its insurance fund would be $122 million.

The six branches of SolutionsBank were scheduled to reopen during normal business hours on Saturday, as branches of Arvest Bank.

Ongoing Bank Failure Coverage

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The bank failure map is color-coded, and states that have the largest number of failures are highlighted in red while states with no failures appear in gray. By hovering your mouse over a state you can see that state's combined 2008-2009 bank failure totals. Clicking on a state will open a detailed map that shows the locations of that state's bank failures along with other information.

Although there have been bank and thrift failures in 34 states during 2008 and 2009, four states combined have accounted for more than half of that total:

Georgia

leads all states with 29 bank or thrift failures during 2008 and 2009, followed by

Illinois

with 21,

California

with 20, and

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Florida

with 15.

Large holding companies acquiring failed institutions during 2008 and 2009 have included

J.P. Morgan Chase

(JPM) - Get Report

, which acquired Washington Mutual, the largest-ever bank or thrift to fail in the U.S;

U.S. Bancorp

(USB) - Get Report

;

SunTrust Banks

(STI) - Get Report

;

Regions Financial

(RF) - Get Report

;

Fifth Third Bancorp

(FITB) - Get Report

;

Zions Bancorp

(ZION) - Get Report

;

PNC Financial

(PNC) - Get Report

; and

BB&T

(BBT) - Get Report

.

Free Financial Strength Ratings

The FDIC's temporary increase of agency's basic limit on individual deposit insurance coverage to $250,000 from $100,000 has been extended through 2013. The agency also temporarily waived all deposit insurance limits for business transaction accounts (checking accounts). This waiver is set to expire on June 30, 2010, after which business checking accounts will go back to the $100,000 deposit insurance limit.

After that waiver expires, it will be very important for business and municipal entities such as school districts to carefully monitor the health of their banks. It's very easy to have more than $100,000 of somebody else's money flowing through a business account.

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Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter Fla.

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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.