The first quarter bank lists for the 14 states in the NorthWestern Financial Review readership area are now posted in our premium section. (Access on the home page, lower left portion of your screen.) Paying subscribers to our print magazine have access to this valuable area of the web site.
I always find the bank lists interesting. One of the great ways to keep up with developments in the industry is to follow these lists and compare them from quarter to quarter. Here are some of the changes among the largest banks:
In Colorado, Countrywide Bank, FSB, appears at the top of the list for first quarter. During the quarter, the bank moved its charter from Alexandria, Va., to Centennial, Colo. This is the only time Countrywide will appear in the Coloradolist, however. Bank of America completed its acquisition and merger of the bank on April 27, so BofA, based in Charlotte, N.C., will now show an additional $117 billion in assets.
New Frontier Bank, which lost $11 million in fourth quarter, posted a first quarter loss of $88 million. The bank is charted in Greeley, Colorado. At the end of 2008, it was the state’s sixth largest bank with $2 billion in assets. At the end of the first quarter, it comes in as the state’s 10th largest bank with $1.7 billion in assets.
In Illinois, the top two banks have downsized. The Northern Trust Company, the state’s largest bank, declined about $5 billion in assets and $10 billion in deposits. The state’s No. 2 bank, Harris Bank, saw its assets decline by $18 billion and deposits are off by $16 billion.
Iowa, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming are the only four states in the region in which all 10 of its ten largest banks recorded profits in the first quarter.
In Michigan, the state’s three largest banks continued to suffer losses. The state’s largest bank, Fifth Third Bank, lost $122 million in the first quarter, after losing $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter of last year.
In Missouri, H&R Block Bank dropped from the state’s ninth-largest with $1.9 billion in assets and $1.5 billion in deposits, to the state’s 15th largest bank with $1.3 billion in assets and $960 million in deposits.
Nebraska’s three largest banks – First National Bank of Omaha, Mutual of Omaha Bank, and TierOne Bank – each recorded first quarter losses.
In South Dakota, Wells Fargo merged its Wells Fargo Financial Bank into its Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as of Feb. 2, 2009. Both were chartered in Sioux Falls. WF Financial Bank had been the state’s third largest bank with $6.3 billion in assets, but now those have been added to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., which is the state’s largest. It now has assets of $552 billion.