FDIC will seize Colonial and sell its assets to BB&T. This is the largest bank failure since WaMu last fall. Reuters:
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp is taking Colonial BancGroup Inc into receivership and will sell the struggling lender's branches and deposits to BB&T Corp, Dow Jones said, citing a person familiar with the situation.The deal was approved by the FDIC on Thursday night and is expected to be announced later on Friday, the news agency reported.
Colonial, based in Montgomery, Alabama, operates 355 branches in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Nevada and Texas and has over $25 billion in assets.
WaMu had $307 billion of assets when it was shut down. The largest bank failure since then had been BankUnited, with $12.8 billion of assets.
FDIC pulled a move with Colonial earlier this week that was eerily reminiscent of a similar move made with WaMu the week it was seized. Those of us who thought Colonial would outlast other banks like Corus and Guaranty, should have realized this move foreshadowed a much quicker seizure. Oops.