Thursday, January 22, 2009

Capital One, Synovus: Higher Charge-offs

by Calculated Risk on 1/22/2009 05:10:00 PM

Two different markets: Capital One is being hit by higher credit card charge-offs and Synovus is being hit by residential construction and development losses. The result is the same ... a visit to the confessional.

Press Release from Capital One:

Economic deterioration intensified during the fourth quarter, driving increasing delinquency and charge-off rates across all of our lending businesses. The fourth quarter charge-off rate in the U.S. Card business was 7.08%, in line with the expectations conveyed last quarter. The company now expects that the U.S. Card charge-off rate for the first quarter of 2009 will be around 8.1%, rather than the mid 7% range previously communicated. The change in outlook is primarily the result of declining balances and adverse credit performance of closed-end, unsecured loans that are included in the U.S. Card subsegment. Auto Finance delinquencies and charge-off rates increased in the quarter as a result of seasonality, economic worsening, declining loan balances, and the impact of sharply falling used car auction prices.
"Economic worsening"?

And from Synovus:
“As the economy continued to deteriorate in the fourth quarter, credit quality in the residential construction and development portfolios, especially in Atlanta, continued to weaken,” said Richard Anthony, Chairman and CEO.
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The ratio of nonperforming assets to loans, impaired loans held for sale, and other real estate was 4.16%, as of December 31, 2008, compared to 3.58% last quarter.
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The net charge-off ratio for the quarter was 3.25% compared to 1.53% last quarter.
Doubled in one quarter!