Friday, August 31, 2012

Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 891 Institutions

by Calculated Risk on 8/31/2012 09:27:00 PM

This is an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources.

Here is the unofficial problem bank list for Aug 31, 2012. (table is sortable by assets, state, etc.)

Changes and comments from surferdude808:

The FDIC released its actions for July 2012 as anticipated. This week there were 10 removals and three additions leaving the Unofficial Problem Bank List with 891 institutions with assets of $331.5 billion, down from 898 institutions with assets of $346.7 billion. About two-thirds or $10.0 billion of the $15.2 billion decline in assets came from updating assets with figures from the second quarter. For the month of August 2012, the list declined by a net of nine institutions after 11 additions, 16 actions terminations, three unassisted mergers, and one failure. The singular failure is the lowest monthly total since the list was first published on August 7, 2009. A year ago, the list held 988 institutions with assets of $403.0 billion. This week the FDIC released the Official Problem Bank List for the second quarter that included 732 institutions with assets of $282 billion.

Actions have been terminated against Park View Federal Savings Bank, Solon, OH ($805 million Ticker: PVFC); Cornerstone Community Bank, Chattanooga, TN ($420 million Ticker: CSBQ); PBK Bank, Inc., Stanford, KY ($116 million); The First Bank of Greenwich, Cos Cob, CT ($88 million); Community First Bank, Rosholt, WI ($68 million); Select Bank, Grand Rapids, MI ($66 million); and The State Exchange Bank, Lamont, OK ($50 million).

Three banks were removed as they found merger partners -- BankAtlantic, Fort Lauderdale, FL ($3.8 billion Ticker: BBX); Valliance Bank, McKinney, TX ($68 million); and Texas Coastal Bank, Pasadena, TX ($27 million).

The three additions were The Peoples Bank, Eatonton, GA ($137 million); The Peoples Bank, Covington, GA ($113 million); and First Community Bank of Crawford County, Van Buren, AR ($97 million). The other change was the FDIC issuing a Prompt Corrective Action order against Banks of Wisconsin, Kenosha, WI ($155 million).

Not surprising the FDIC took the long weekend off. We wish a happy Labor weekend to all and hope that anyone seeking a job lands one soon.
CR Note: 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. (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.

When the list was increasing, the official and "unofficial" counts were about the same. Now with the number of problem banks declining, the unofficial list is lagging the official list. This probably means regulators are changing the CAMELS rating on some banks before terminating the formal enforcement actions.