|Traded as||NYSE: SFC|
|Fate||Merged into the new Bank of America Corporation|
|Successor||Bank of America Corporation|
|Founded||November 11, 1929Seattle, Washington as First Seattle Dexter Horton National Bank
July 1, 1977 as Seafirst Corporation
|Defunct||September 27, 1999|
|Parent||BankAmerica Corporation (1983–1999)|
|Subsidiaries||Seattle-First National Bank|
Seafirst Corporation was a bank holding company based in Seattle, Washington. Formed on November 11, 1929, from the merger of Seattle's three largest banks, the First National Bank Group, the Dexter Horton National Bank (founded 1870 by Dexter Horton), and Seattle National Bank, the bank was originally named First Seattle Dexter Horton National Bank. In 1931, the bank changed its name to First National Bank of Seattle, and again in 1935 to Seattle-First National Bank. In 1944, the bank won a case before the US Supreme Court, United States v. Seattle-First Nat. Bank, by arguing that it did not have to pay a transfer tax when it converted from a state to a federally chartered bank. In 1970 it was using the name Firstbank; in 1974 the name Seafirst was adopted instead.
Seafirst was acquired by BankAmerica Corp. in 1983, when Seafirst was at risk of seizure by the federal government after becoming insolvent following the demise of Oklahoma City-based Penn Square Bank. Seafirst had acquired a significant share of Penn Square's energy loan debt by participating in loans originated by that bank. Penn Square Bank collapsed in 1982, and the FDIC's decision to pay off only insured deposits rendered the participation assets valueless. The corporation and its primary subsidiary, Seattle-First National Bank, maintained the Seafirst Bank name and brand identity. During the 1980s and much of the 1990s Seafirst Bank maintained a high degree of autonomy and reigned as the largest bank in Washington.
Seafirst Corporation was formed as a bank holding company for the Seattle-First National Bank on July 1, 1974.
In April 1983, San Francisco-based BankAmerica Corporation announced the pending acquisition of the ailing Seafirst Corporation for $400 million in cash and stock. The acquisition was completed in July 1983.
In September 1983, the bank began to use the Seafirst Bank brand for advertizing purposes while still keeping Seattle-First National Bank as the legal name for the bank.
North Carolina-based NationsBank Corp. bought BankAmerica Corp. last year to become a 21-state banking giant and said it would operate everywhere under the BofA name, including Seafirst... This summer it scheduled the name change for Sept. 27.
This is our first annual report as SEAFIRST CORPORATION, a one-bank holding company approved by the shareholders a year ago. The new corporation came into existence July 1, 1974 at which time the shareholders received two shares of SEAFIRST CORPORATION stock for each share of Bank stock—a total of nine million shares. At this time, the Corporation and the Bank are the same and other subsidiaries mentioned in this report continue to be subsidiaries of the Bank.
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