January is typically a slow month for loan production at community banks, and the pandemic-hampered economy made the month even more challenging for many banks. The data from the Federal Reserve’s H.8 report showed that all loans were essentially flat in January for banks. For January, for small domestically chartered commercial banks (defined as not the top 25 ranked by assets), total loans outstanding were flat, C&I loans grew by 1.2% despite substantial PPP production, all real estate loans declined 0.4%, and CRE loans declined 0.5%.
As shown in the graph below, we may be witnessing the end of a multi-decade bull run in bonds. After many decades of decline, interest rates may be on the rise for years to come. This development is creating an opportunity for community banks to book longer-term fixed-rate loans with higher profit margins. However, borrower demand is forcing banks to make loans with 5, 10, and even 20-year fixed-rate maturities. How should banks protect themselves from the rising cost of funding and at the same time improve interest margins? CenterState Bank uses a strategy that enables the pricing of
On October 23, 2020, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published the Fallback Protocol (Protocol) that allows firms that use LIBOR to transition to SOFR when LIBOR becomes unavailable. On November 30, 2020, ISDA and IBA announced that it will cease publication of the one-week and two-month US dollar LIBOR settings immediately following the LIBOR publication on December 31, 2021. ISDA and IBA further stated that the remaining US dollar LIBOR settings would cease immediately following the LIBOR publication on June 30, 2
We have blogged about how low-interest rates, COVID-19 credit strain, and tough competition for quality commercial loans create a challenging environment for community banks.
Between low-interest rates, the concerning rise in COVID-19 cases, and tough competition for quality commercial loans, community banking is a tough business. While there has been a nominal deterioration in credit quality thus far, a deterioration in the business environment related to the pandemic and lack of fiscal stimulus may change that. Net interest margins at community banks are declining, and the trend is likely to continue through 2021.
On October 23, 2020, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published the Fallback Protocol (Protocol) that allows firms that use LIBOR to transition to SOFR if LIBOR becomes unavailable in the future. CenterState Bank’s ARC program allows community banks to offer up to 20-year fixed-rate loans to customers, but retain an adjustable asset priced at 1-month LIBOR plus a credit spread, and CenterState (not the community bank) carries the derivative and converts the fixed rate that the borrower pays to the adjustable-rate that
The economic consequences of Covid-19 have altered average credit quality and created a flat and shallow yield curve. Community banks are working diligently to support their local communities and survive in these challenging times. One tool that many community banks have utilized in this business environment is a loan-level hedging product.
Since March of this year, many community banks have been working to provide cash flow relief to customers who have sound business models but require some temporary payment restructuring caused by business disruption as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. CenterState has been involved in those same restructurings both as a lender and as a hedge provider under the ARC program. We have learned some valuable lessons that we would like to share.
We have been writing on the various strategies available to community banks when structuring commercial loans in this current challenging business and credit environment. With the flat and low yield curve, we have discussed how banks may offer commercial loans through the ARC hedge program using two different strategies: 1) embedded floors, and 2) forward starting floaters.
We work on thousands of lending transactions every year with hundreds of community banks across the country. We participate and help structure financing on commercial real estate, C&I and Ag properties ranging in size from a few hundred thousand to over $100mm, and we collaborate with community bank lenders and underwriters that span the whole gamut of experience. We witness the good, the bad, the ugly, and occasionally the very bizarre in bank marketing, under