March 19, 2018: BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, FL, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm has newly released bank and credit union star-ratings (based on 12/31/2017 financial data). Star-ratings are assigned on a scale of zero to five-stars with five being the strongest and reflect the overall financial strength of the institution.
Georgia banks are still struggling, with 9.1% of the banks headquartered there rated 2-Stars or below and thus relegated to Bauer’s Troubled and Problematic Bank Report (T&P $99). Georgia has been slowly but steadily improving, though, which is more than we can say for New Jersey, which falls in at number two with 7.1% (the same percent it had last quarter).
Florida is next with 5.3%, that’s down from 6.1% a year ago but up from 5.2% last quarter. Alabama and Oregon each have 5% of their banks rated 2-Stars or below; both have been creeping up.
The new tax law reduced corporate tax rates but also caused a one-time write-down on deferred tax assets at some banks. Bauer did not penalize the affected banks, but this one-time write-down was a significant contributor to the industry’s low quarterly income, which was $25.5 billion – down $17.7 billion (40.9%) from the fourth quarter 2016.
As for credit unions, the percent of those recommended by Bauer (rated 5-Stars or 4-Stars) increased slightly over the year (from 80% to 80.5%) as did the percent of those rated 2-Stars or below, and thus relegated to Bauer’s Troubled and Problematic Credit Union Report (from 2.6% to 2.7%).
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