Sunday, April 29, 2018

April 2018: Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 94 Institutions

by Bill McBride on 4/29/2018 08:31:00 AM

Note: Surferdude808 compiles an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources.

Here is the unofficial problem bank list for April 2018.

Here are the monthly changes and a few comments from surferdude808:

Update on the Unofficial Problem Bank List for April 2018. The list had a decline of four insured institutions to 94 banks. Aggregate assets declined during the month by $956 million to $18.9 billion. A year ago, the list held 148 institutions with assets of $36.1 billion.

Actions were terminated against American Bank of the North, Nashwauk, MN ($550 million); Affinity Bank, Atlanta, GA ($260 million); Allied First Bank, SB, Oswego, IL ($94 million); and South Carolina Community Bank, Columbia, SC ($53 million).
CR Note: When the unofficial weekly was list was first published on August 7, 2009 it had 389 institutions. The list peaked at just over 1,000 institutions in 2011. Now there are only 94 banks on the unofficial list (the FDIC reported 95 banks on the official problem bank list at the end of 2017).

The FDIC's official problem bank list is comprised of banks with a CAMELS rating of 4 or 5, and the list is not made public (just the number of banks and assets every quarter). Note: Bank CAMELS ratings are also not made public.

CAMELS is the FDIC rating system, and stands for Capital adequacy, Asset quality, Management, Earnings, Liquidity and Sensitivity to market risk. The scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the strongest.

As a substitute for the CAMELS ratings, surferdude808 is using publicly announced formal enforcement actions, and also media reports and company announcements that suggest to us an enforcement action is likely, to compile a list of possible problem banks in the public interest.