The Office of Thrift Supervision has closed NetBank in Alpharetta, Ga., after the $2.5 billion thrift sustained "significant losses" in its mortgage banking business and was unsuccessful in completing a private sale.NetBank, which opened as an Internet bank in 1997, is still solvent, but the OTS said the depository had no remaining prospects for raising capital or achieving profitability. "While the institution continued to operate in excess of minimum capital standards, the actions taken to address these problems were unsuccessful and it became clear that high operating expenses combined with continuing losses were jeopardizing the institution's viability," the regulator said. As the receiver, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has arranged for ING Bank, Wilmington, Del., to assume the insured deposits. The Internet bank had $109 million in uninsured deposits, and those depositors will become creditors of the receivership. Meanwhile, EverBank, Jacksonville, Fla., has agreed to purchase $700 million in mortgages and the FDIC will retain $1.1 billion in assets. The FDIC says it expects the bank failure to cost the Deposit Insurance Fund $110 million.

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