California Federal Bank

California Federal Bank, known as CalFed, was a savings bank headquartered in Los Angeles, California, at 5670 Wilshire Boulevard. It operated 352 branches, most of which were in California. In 2002, the bank was acquired by Citigroup.

California Federal Bank
Founded1945; 78 years ago (1945) as California Federal Savings & Loan Association
DefunctNovember 13, 2002; 20 years ago (2002-11-13)
FateAcquired by Citigroup
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California
Total assets$50.680 billion (2002)
  • Cal Fed Bancorp (1995–1997)
  • First Nationwide Holdings (1997–1998)
  • Golden State Bancorp (1998–2002)
WebsiteLast archive of official website in 2002
Footnotes / references


The bank was founded in 1945 originally as California Federal Savings & Loan Association. In June 1989, California Federal Savings & Loan Association was renamed California Federal Bank.[2]

In January 1993, the bank's stockholders voted to eliminate the bank's then holding company parent, CalFed Inc. (NYSE: CAL), as a means to raise more capital.[3]

In 1994, the bank acquired Cornerstone Savings & Loan after it was shut down by regulators as a result of bank failure.[4]

In August 1995, the bank reversed its 1993 decision to eliminate its holding company and formed Cal Fed Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: CAL) as its new parent.[5]

In 1997, First Nationwide Holdings Inc., the parent company of First Nationwide Bank, acquired the bank's then parent, Cal Fed Bancorp, and converted its First Nationwide Bank offices to the California Federal name.[6] Since 1994, First Nationwide Holdings Inc. was owned 80% by Ronald Perelman and 20% by Gerald J. Ford.[7]

In 1998, Golden State Bancorp (NYSE: GSB), the parent of Glendale Federal Bank, acquired the bank and moved the headquarters from Los Angeles to San Francisco with the merged institution using the California Federal Bank name.[8] In 2000, the bank's auto loan subsidiary acquired Downey Auto Finance.[9]

In 2002, Citigroup acquired the bank for $5.8 billion.[10]


  1. ^ "FDIC Bank Info: California Federal Bank (FDIC # 30278)". Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  2. ^ "California Federal Changes Name: California Federal Savings..." Los Angeles Times. June 13, 1989.
  3. ^ "Banking". Los Angeles Times. December 17, 1992.
  4. ^ "Sale of Cornerstone S&L to Cal Fed Wins Approval". Los Angeles Times. December 17, 1994.
  5. ^ "Cal Fed Reverting to Holding Company Form As Means of Entering". American Banker. August 9, 1995.
  6. ^ "Cal Fed, First Nationwide Complete Merger". Los Angeles Times. January 4, 1997.
  7. ^ Sinton, Peter (February 6, 1998). "Glendale Goes Merger Route With Cal Fed". San Francisco Chronicle.
  8. ^ O'BRIEN, TIMOTHY L. (February 6, 1998). "California Merger to Form No. 3 S.& L.d". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "Cal Fed acquires auto finance unit". American City Business Journals. January 24, 2000.
  10. ^ VRANA, DEBORA (May 22, 2002). "Citigroup to Buy Parent of Cal Fed". Los Angeles Times.

External linksEdit

Last archive of official website 2002