New York Community Bank to buy failed Signature Bank in £2.2bn deal

New York Community Bank has agreed to buy a significant part of the failed Signature Bank in a $2.7bn (£2.2bn) deal, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) said on Sunday night.

Signature Bank’s 40 branches will become Flagstar Bank starting Monday.

Flagstar is one of the subsidiaries of New York Community Bank. The deal will include the purchase of $38.4bn (£31.5bn) in Signature Bank assets, just over a third of Signature’s total when the bank failed a week ago.

The FDIC said $60bn (£49.2bn) in Signature Bank loans will remain in default and are expected to be sold on time.

Photograph of a Signature Bank branch, Sunday, March 12, 2023, in New York
Signature Bank was the second bank to fail in this banking crisis, about 48 hours after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (Bobby Caina Calvan/AP)

Signature Bank was the second bank to fail in this banking crisis, approximately 48 hours after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank.

New York-based Signature was a large commercial lender in the tri-state area, but had gotten into cryptocurrency in recent years as a potential growth business.

After the Silicon Valley Bank collapsed, depositors became nervous about the health of Signature Bank due to its large number of uninsured deposits, as well as its exposure to cryptocurrencies and other technology-focused lending.

Security guards allow people to enter the Silicon Valley Bank headquarters in Santa Clara, California on March 13, 2023
Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank collapsed last week (Benjamin Fanjoy/AP)

When the regulators shut it down, Signature was the third largest bank failure in US history.

The FDIC says it expects the Signature Bank failure to cost the deposit insurance fund $2.5bn (£2bn), but that figure may change as the regulator sells off assets.

The deposit insurance fund is paid for by assessments on banks and taxpayers do not bear the direct cost when a bank fails.


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