Minnesota Bank Fails

Pinehurst Bank of St. Paul, Minn. was shut down by regulators.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (


) -- Following five weeks of multiple bank failures, regulators shut down just one community bank Friday, bringing the total number of failed banks for 2010 to 73.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce took over

Pinehurst Bank

of St. Paul and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. receiver. Pinehurst Bank had $61 million in total assets and $58 million in deposits. The FDIC sold the deposits for a 1.33% premium to

Coulee Bank

of La Crosse, Wis.

Coulee Bank also agreed to assume the failed bank's assets, and the FDIC estimated the cost to its deposit insurance fund would be $6 million.

Pinehurst's office was scheduled to reopen Saturday as a branch of Coulee Bank.

Pinehurst Bank was established in April 2004 and was heavily concentrated in commercial real estate and construction lending. With loan losses mounting, the bank's fortunes sank in the third quarter, when a net loss of $2.6 million left it undercapitalized per regulatory guidelines.

The bank previously had received an E-minus (Very Weak) financial strength ratings by

TheStreet.com Ratings

and the institution was included in


Bank Watch List

of undercapitalized institutions.

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A March 25 consent order from the FDIC required Pinehurst to improve its management staff, reduce problem assets, improve credit administration and submit an acceptable plan to quickly raise capital.

The details of the management deficiencies listed in the

FDIC order

raise the question of why the agency didn't address these concerns months or years before the institution's credit concentrations and the souring real estate market wiped out its capital.

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Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla.

Philip W. van Doorn is a member of TheStreet's banking and finance team, commenting on industry and regulatory trends. He previously served as the senior analyst for TheStreet.com Ratings, responsible for assigning financial strength ratings to banks and savings and loan institutions. Mr. van Doorn previously served as a loan operations officer at Riverside National Bank in Fort Pierce, Fla., 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.