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Monday, October 13, 2014

Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 429 Institutions

by Calculated Risk on 10/13/2014 08:46:00 AM

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

Here is the unofficial problem bank list for Oct 10, 2014.

Changes and comments from surferdude808:

Minimal changes to the Unofficial Problem Bank List with only one removal. After the deduction, the list count moves down to 429 institutions with assets of $136 billion.

A year ago, the list held 683 institutions with assets of $238.3 billion. The Bank of Palatine, Palatine, IL ($49 million) found a merger partner to depart the list. The other change this week was the Federal Reserve issuing a Prompt Corrective Action order against Fayette County Bank, St. Elmo, IL ($53 million), which just recently joined the list last month. Next week we expect the OCC will provide on update on its enforcement action activity.
CR Note: The first unofficial problem bank list was published in August 2009 with 389 institutions. The list peaked at 1,002 institutions on June 10, 2011, and is now down to 429.

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.