To All Depository Institutions and Others Concerned
in the Second Federal Reserve District:
The quality of syndicated bank credits has shown continued improvement this year, according to the Shared National Credit (SNC) review, federal bank and thrift regulators reported. The review, which encompassed credits of at least $20 million that are shared by three or more financial institutions, also found that most industries exhibit much improved credit quality from peak problem levels experienced only a few years ago.
The results—reported by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of Thrift Supervision—are based on analyses prepared in the second quarter of 2005 and reflect business and economic conditions at that time.
Total classified credit commitments (those rated as either substandard, doubtful or loss) fell by $21.5 billion, or 29 percent, from the previous year, compared with a net decrease of $78.2 billion, or 51 percent, the year before. Commitments rated special mention decreased by $7.0 billion, or 21 percent, in contrast to 2004 when they fell by $22.4 billion, or 41 percent. None of these figures includes the effects of hedging or other techniques that organizations often employ to mitigate risk.
The ratio of classified credit commitments to total commitments fell to 3.2 percent, the lowest level since 1999. Total adversely rated credits (classified and special mention combined) also fell considerably, to 4.8 percent of total commitments.
Laurence C. Bonnèmere
Assistant Vice President