US Regulators Order Republic First Bank to Shut Down Operations

US Regulators Order Republic First Bank to Shut Down Operations

On Friday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced the closure of Republic First Bank by the state regulators in Pennsylvania. The financial regulators labelled the sunsetting of Republic First Bank as the first bank failure in 2024.

The unexpected closure of the Republic First Bank elicited embroiled dialogues among the crypto communities.

Republic First Bank Close Shop Cite Financial Challenges

On X, the chief executive of Zesh Marius Martoscan confirmed the closure of Republic First Bank. He vowed to remain committed to crypto despite the price swing of Bitcoin and altcoin after the halving.

In a subsequent post, a crypto trader described the crashing down of Republic First Bank as another narrative for crypto. On the X thread, another crypto enthusiast, Randi Hipper, underlined the need for people to have their bank to avoid such a predicament.

According to the announcement, Pennsylvania’s Department of Banking and Securities (DBS) ordered the closure of Republic First Bank. Guided by the banking principle, the DBS appointed the FDIC as the failed bank’s receiver.

The FDIC will be required to assume the receiver role of all the deposits and purchases for the Republic First Bank.

The collapsed bank has around 32 branches in major cities in the United States, including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The FDIC announced that the Republic First Bank branches will reopen on Monday, April 29, as regional branches for Fulton Bank.

Fulton Bank Acquire Republic First Bank

The financial regulators confirmed that the reopening of the Republic First Bank will operate at regular business hours. It implies that the depositors at the closed bank will become Fulton’s new clients.

Earlier this week, a source privy to the information revealed that the FDIC sought potential investors to acquire the Republic First Bank. The bank failed to close the sale deal with renowned investors, including George Norcross and Phillip Norcross.

This forces the FDIC to intervene and look for potential buyers. After a long search, the Lancaster-based bank Fulton agreed to acquire the Republic First Bank and its assets. Acquiring Republic Bank enables Fulton Bank to expand its market presence in Philadelphia.

Currently, Fulton’s assets are valued at $27 billion and $2 billion investment portfolio. On the other hand, the Republic Bank owns $6 billion in total assets and overall deposit $4 billion at the beginning of this year.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund related to the failure of Republic Bank will be $667 million.

Factor Contributing to Bank Crises

A statement from the chief executive of Fulton Bank, Curt Myers, was pleased to state that the acquisition enabled the financial institution to expand its market presence in the United States.

The executive warmly welcomed the Republic team joining Fulton Bank by next week. He believes that by teaming up with the Republic Bank, the Fulton team will offer a complete set of consumer, commercial and wealth advisory products.

Myers projects that Fulton will attract a larger audience with the new team. The financial regulators expressed concerns over the failure of Republic First Bank.

The regulators noted that the Republic Bank faced multiple challenges from last year. To remain in operation, the Republic Bank was forced to explore alternative ways to reduce operational costs.

In an earlier report, the Republic Bank reduced headcounts and abandoned its mortgages. At that time, the Republic Bank failed to sustain high operational costs. From last year, leading financial institutions have been forced to liquidate for operating losses.

Reportedly the closure of Republic First Bank mirror the unplanned sunsetting of the Iowa-based Citizen Bank was closed due to financial challenges. The closure of Republic First Bank came months after banking crises that impacted the shuttering of Silvergate, Silicon Valley and Signature Bank. The FDIC regretted that in 2023, around five banks were forced to close after failing to make desired profits.

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