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IBERIABANK, Lafayette, Louisiana, Assumes All of the Deposits of Sterling Bank,

Lantana, Florida
July 23, 2010
Media Contact:
David Barr
Office Phone: (202) 898-6992
Cell Phone: (703) 622-4790
Sterling Bank, Lantana, Florida, was closed today by the Florida Office of Finan
cial Regulation, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC
) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and a
ssumption agreement with IBERIABANK, Lafayette, Louisiana, to assume all of the
deposits of Sterling Bank.
The six branches of Sterling Bank will reopen on Monday as branches of IBERIABAN
K. Depositors of Sterling Bank will automatically become depositors of IBERIABAN
K. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for cus
tomers to change their banking relationship in order to retain their deposit ins
urance coverage. Customers of Sterling Bank should continue to use their existin
g branch until they receive notice from IBERIABANK that it has completed systems
changes to allow other IBERIABANK branches to process their accounts as well.
This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Sterling Bank can access their
money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank wi
ll continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their paymen
ts as usual.
As of March 31, 2010, Sterling Bank had approximately $407.9 million in total as
sets and $372.4 million in total deposits. IBERIABANK did not pay the FDIC a pre
mium for the deposits of Sterling Bank. In addition to assuming all of the depos
its of the failed bank, IBERIABANK agreed to purchase essentially all of the ass
The FDIC and IBERIABANK entered into a loss-share transaction on $244.3 million
of Sterling Bank's assets. IBERIABANK will share in the losses on the asset pool
s covered under the loss-share agreement. The loss-share transaction is projecte
d to maximize returns on the assets covered by keeping them in the private secto
r. The transaction also is expected to minimize disruptions for loan customers.
For more information on loss share, please visit:
Customers who have questions about today's transaction can call the FDIC toll-fr
ee at 1-800-523-8275. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:
00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT); on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., E
DT; on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m., EDT; and thereafter from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00
p.m., EDT. Interested parties also can visit the FDIC's Web site at http://www.
The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $45
.5 million. Compared to other alternatives, IBERIABANK's acquisition was the lea
st costly resolution for the FDIC's DIF. Sterling Bank is the 97th FDIC-insured
institution to fail in the nation this year, and the eighteenth in Florida. The
last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Metro Bank of Dade County,
Miami, on July 16, 2010.
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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore pu
blic confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the
nation's 7,932 banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and so
undness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to
which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars â insured financ
ial institutions fund its operations.
FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at www.f, by subscription electronically (go to
index.html) and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Cente
r (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-163-2010

Last Updated 7/23/2010