TARP Deadbeat Bank List Tops 120 in August

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Linus Wilson

The Washington Post reports that the list of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) deadbeats continues to climb. One hundred and twenty seven TARP recipient banks have missed dividends or have failed by the time of the August 2010 dividend. There were only 707 banks in the TARP program that received capital injections. Thus, greater than one in six missed their dividends or interest in August 2010. These banks receive $6.939 billion in taxpayer bailout monies, according to my calculations.

This is up from 101 banks in May 2010 according to my research “TARP’s Deadbeat Banks”. The missed dividend and interest payments from banks since the TARP capital injections have began total $376 million. This is higher than the Treasury’s headline figures because the Treasury likes to exclude banks that have failed from their calculations. The graph below shows the number and the value of the missed dividend payments of TARP’s deadbeats has been rising at a steady clip.

There are seven banks total and six new banks that have missed six or more TARP dividends. Once a bank misses six bailout dividends the U.S. Treasury has the right to nominate two board members to the board of that bailed out bank. Nevertheless, the U.S. Treasury has signaled on page 9 of a recent report that is only likely to appoint board members to Anchor Bank of Wisconsin and Seacoast Bank of Florida because these are the only two banks of the six which have received investments of over $25 million.

Banks Missing Six or More TARP Dividends

Bank Name

TARP Investment

$ Value of Missed Dividends

No. of Missed Div.

Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin, Inc. (ABCW)




Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida (SBCF)




Blue Valley Ban Corp (OTCQX:BVBC)





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Dr. Linus Wilson is an associate professor of finance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his doctor of philosophy in financial economics from the University of Oxford in England in 2007. He has conducted extensive research into the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He has written or coauthored over a twenty academic papers on the various aspects of the TARP bailouts. These papers discuss the bank capital injection programs, which banks repay their bailout monies, which banks are deadbeats on their TARP loans, government plans to buy toxic assets, and the valuations of stock warrants issued to taxpayers as part of the TARP program. Professor Wilson has been a source for hundreds of news stories in outlets such as the BBC, Business Week, The Financial Times, The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. His research on bank bailouts can be found at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=686305 He founded the Louisiana registered invesent advisory firm Vermilion Advisory Services. Vermilion Advisory Services launched the hedge fund Oxriver Capital which began trading in 2013. More information about Oxriver Capital can be found at http://oxrivercapital.com.

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