Harris Absorbs Amcore Bank

Amcore Bank in Crystal Lake is at the corner of Route 14 and Pingree Road.

Broadway Bank may be capturing the headlines because of its family connection to Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic Party’s candidate for U.S. Senator, but the big Illinois bank going down in Illinois is Amcore.

Amcore has $3.8 billion in assets, while Broadway has a comparatively small $1.2 billion.

It has had a significant presence in McHenry County since purchasing the First National Bank of Woodstock.

Front entrance of the Crystal Lake Branch of Amcore Bank.

There was no unusual activity at the Crystal Lake Branch of Amcore Bank at its 6 o’clock closing time.

No men in black suits entering the building at the six o’clock closing time.

The Amcore sign was still on the door at 6 PM.

No new sign on the entrance door.

These folks were among the last custormers of Amcore Bank.

Nevertheless, the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, among others, is reporting that Harris Bank is taking over all of Amcore’s branches, as of Saturday morning.

Tellers at the drive-up window at Cyrstal Lake's Amcore branch beteen shortly before the 6 o'clock closing time.

Here are the guts of the transaction:

The assumption of approximately U.S. $2.1 billion in deposits

  • Acquisition of approximately U.S. $2.5 billion in assets, including approximately U.S. $2.0 billion in loans
  • All loans are covered by an 80/20 loss share agreement with the FDIC covering 80% of potential loan losses
  • Approximately U.S. $2.4 billion in trust, investment and brokerage assets under management

Here is the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s press release:




Amcore Bank, National Association, Rockford, Illinois, was closed today by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Harris National Association, Chicago, Illinois, to assume all of the deposits of Amcore Bank, National Association.

The 58 branches of Amcore Bank, National Association will reopen on Saturday as branches of Harris National Association. Depositors of Amcore Bank, National Association will automatically become depositors of Harris National Association. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship to retain their deposit insurance coverage.

Customers should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from Harris National Association that it has completed systems changes to allow other Harris National Association branches to process their accounts as well.

This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Amcore Bank, National Association can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.

As of December 31, 2009, Amcore Bank, National Association had approximately $3.8 billion in total assets and $3.4 billion in total deposits.

Harris National Association will pay the FDIC a premium of 0.01 percent to assume all of the deposits of Amcore Bank, National Association.  In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Harris National Association agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets.

Tyvek Towers is what Algonquin residents call this failed condo project financed by Amcore. Personally, I like the white reflecting in the Fox River. If I read the FDIC press release correctly, that Federal agency will assume 80% of the loss.

The FDIC and Harris National Association entered into a loss-share transaction on $2.0 billion of Amcore Bank, National Association’s assets. Harris National Association will share in the losses on the asset pools covered under the loss-share agreement. The loss-share transaction is projected to maximize returns on the assets covered by keeping them in the private sector. The transaction also is expected to minimize disruptions for loan customers. For more information on loss share, please visit:  http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/lossshare/index.html.

Customers who have questions about today’s transaction can call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-591-2767. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time (CDT); on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., CDT; on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m., CDT; and thereafter from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., CDT.  Interested parties also can visit the FDIC’s Web site at http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/amcore.html.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $220.3 million. Harris National Association’s acquisition of all the deposits was the “least costly” resolution for the FDIC’s DIF compared to all alternatives. Amcore Bank, National Association is the 51st FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the fourth in Illinois.

Crystal Lake's Amcore Bank branch as seen from Rt. 14.

The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Bank of Illinois, Normal, on March 3, 2010.

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Harris already has a branch on Route 14, so consolidation seems to be in the cards.  In my opinion, Amcore’s Pingree Road location is the better of the two.

The Chicago Tribune reported serious problems at Amcore in March.

Thursday, Crain’s Chicago Business also alerted readers to Amcore’s imminent demise.

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