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News Release 2001-43 | May 3, 2001

Comptroller Closes the Malta National Bank, Malta, Ohio; FDIC Approves the Assumption of All Its Deposits

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Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today closed The Malta National Bank, Malta, Ohio, and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. The FDIC, as receiver, entered into an agreement with North Valley Bank, Zanesville, Ohio, to assume all the deposits of the failed bank.

The former office of The Malta National Bank will reopen on Friday, May 4, as a branch of North Valley Bank. The failed bank had total deposits of approximately $8.8 million and total assets of $9.5 million. It received a national bank charter in September 1872 from the OCC.

The OCC used its statutory receivership authority to close the bank after finding that the bank had engaged in unsafe and unsound practices, had incurred significant losses, and that the losses were likely to continue. In light of these findings, the OCC determined that closing the bank and appointing the FDIC as receiver was appropriate.

As part of the agreement entered into with the FDIC, North Valley Bank will purchase $9.2 million of the failed bank's assets at a discount of $807,389 from book value and assume all the deposits. The FDIC as receiver will retain the remaining assets of about $236,000 for later disposition.

The FDIC estimates the cost of this transaction to the Bank Insurance Fund (BIF) to be $80,000. The Malta National Bank is the second failure of a BIF-insured institution this year.

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