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The Federal Reserve Board today announced its approval of the application by First National Security Company, DeQueen, Arkansas, to acquire all of the voting shares of First Financial Corporation of Idabel and thereby acquire its subsidiary bank, First State Bank of Idabel, both in Idabel, Oklahoma.
Attached is the Board's Order relating to this action.
First National Security Company
First National Security Company, DeQueen, Arkansas ("First National"), a bank holding company within the meaning of the Bank Holding Company Act ("BHC Act"), has requested the Board's approval under section 3 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. § 1842) to acquire all of the voting shares of First Financial Corporation of Idabel ("First Financial"), and thereby acquire its subsidiary bank, First State Bank of Idabel, both in Idabel, Oklahoma ("Bank").
Notice of this proposal, affording interested persons an opportunity to submit comments, has been published (62 Federal Register 53,007 (1997)). The time for filing comments has expired, and the Board has considered the proposal and all comments received in light of the factors set forth in section 3 of the BHC Act.
First National operates subsidiary banks in Arkansas and Oklahoma. First National is the 144th largest depository institution in Oklahoma, controlling approximately $41.9 million in deposits, representing less than 1 percent of total deposits in depository institutions in the state.1 First Financial is the 216th largest depository institution in Oklahoma, controlling approximately $23 million in deposits. On consummation of this proposal, First National would become the 96th largest depository institution in Oklahoma, controlling deposits of $64.9 million, representing less than 1 percent of the total deposits in depository institutions in the state.
Interstate Banking Analysis
First National and First Financial compete directly in the McCurtain County, Oklahoma, banking market.4 First National is the fourth largest commercial banking organization in the McCurtain County banking market, controlling deposits of approximately $41.9 million, representing 16.1 percent of the total deposits in commercial banking organizations in the market ("market deposits").5 First Financial is the sixth largest commercial banking institution in the market, controlling deposits of approximately $23 million, representing 8.8 percent of market deposits. On consummation of this proposal, First National would become the largest commercial banking organization in the McCurtain County banking market, controlling deposits of approximately $64.9 million, representing 24.9 percent of market deposits. Concentration in the market, as measured by the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index ("HHI"), would increase by 285 points to 1971.6
In evaluating the competitive effects of the proposal in the McCurtain County banking market, the Board has considered several factors. The McCurtain County banking market is a relatively small rural market in southeastern Oklahoma and six competitors would remain in the market after consummation of the proposal, including a large multistate bank holding company. Each of the five banks that would compete with First National after consummation would have a market share of more than 5 percent, and three of the banks control more than 15 percent of market deposits. The Department of Justice has reviewed the proposal and advised the Board that consummation of the proposal would not likely have any significantly adverse competitive effects in the McCurtain County banking market or any other relevant banking market.
Based on all the facts of record, the Board concludes that consummation of the proposal would not result in any significantly adverse effects on competition or on the concentration of banking resources in the McCurtain County banking market or any other relevant banking market.
The acquisition of First Financial shall not be consummated before the fifteenth calendar day following the effective date of this order, or later than three months after the effective date of this order, unless such period is.extended for good cause by the Board or by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, acting pursuant to delegated authority.
By order of the Board of Governors,7 effective November 24, 1997.
(signed) Jennifer J. Johnson
Jennifer J. Johnson
1 Deposit data are as of June 30, 1996. In this context, depository institutions include commercial banks, savings banks, and savings associations.
2 Pub. L. No. 103-328, 108 Stat. 2338 (1994). A bank holding company's home state is the state in which the operations of the bank holding company's banking subsidiaries were principally conducted on July 1, 1966, or the date on which the company became a bank holding company, whichever is later.
3 12 U.S.C. §§ 1842(c)(1)(A) and (B) and 1842(d)(2)(A) and (B). First National is adequately capitalized and adequately managed. On consummation of the proposal, First National would control less than 10 percent of the total amount of deposits of insured depository institutions in the United States, and less than 30 percent of the total amount of deposits of insured depository institutions in Oklahoma. In addition, Bank has been in existence for the minimum period of time necessary to satisfy age requirements established by applicable state law. See Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 6 § 506(D)(1)(a). All other requirements of section 3(d) of the BHC Act also would be met on consummation of the proposal.
4 The McCurtain County banking market is approximated by McCurtain County, Oklahoma.
5 Market share data are as of June 30, 1996. No savings associations operate in the McCurtain County banking market.
6 Under the revised Merger Guidelines, 49 Federal Register 26,823 (June 29, 1984), a market above 1800 is considered to be highly concentrated. The Department of Justice has informed the Board that a bank merger or acquisition generally will not be challenged (in the absence of other factors indicating anticompetitive effects) unless the post-merger HHI is at least 1800 and the merger increases the HHI by more than 200 points. The Department of Justice has stated that the higher than normal HHI thresholds for screening bank mergers for anticompetitive effects implicitly recognize the competitive effect of limited-purpose lenders and other non-depository financial entities.
7 Voting for this action: Chairman Greenspan, Vice Chair Rivlin, and Governors Kelley, Phillips, Meyer, Ferguson, and Gramlich.
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