SOURCE: 1st Century Bancshares, Inc.

December 15, 2008 09:00 ET

1st Century Bancshares Announces Participation in FDIC's Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - 1st Century Bancshares, Inc. (OTCBB: FCTY) ("Company"), the holding company of 1st Century Bank, N.A. ("Bank"), today announced the Bank's participation in the Transaction Account Guarantee Program (TAGP) component of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program.

Under the TAGP, the FDIC will provide deposit insurance coverage for the full amount in all of the Bank's customers' non-interest bearing deposit accounts through December 31, 2009. This includes traditional non-interest bearing checking accounts and certain types of attorney trust accounts, as well as negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) accounts with interest rates of 0.50 percent or less. The TAGP insurance coverage is in addition to the increased coverage provided by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which temporarily raises the basic FDIC deposit insurance coverage limits to $250,000 through December 31, 2009, from the normal coverage limit of $100,000.

"We are pleased to participate in the FDIC's program for the benefit of our customers," said Alan I. Rothenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe the benefit of this full insurance coverage, in addition to 1st Century Bank's positioning as one of the strongest capitalized financial institutions in our geographic market, provides even greater comfort for our customers in the security of their deposits."

About 1st Century Bancshares, Inc.

1st Century Bancshares, Inc. is the bank holding company of 1st Century Bank, N.A., a full service commercial bank headquartered in the Century City area of Los Angeles. The Bank's primary focus is relationship banking to family owned and closely held small and middle market businesses, professional service firms and high net worth individuals, real estate investors, medical professionals, and entrepreneurs. Additional information is available at www.1stcenturybank.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact Information:

    Alan I. Rothenberg
    Chairman/Chief Executive Officer
    Phone (310) 270-9501

    Angie Yang/Roger Pondel
    PondelWilkinson Inc.
    Corporate and Investor Relations
    Phone: (310) 279-5980

    Jason P. DiNapoli
    President/Chief Operating Officer
    Phone: (310) 270-9505