Are You Considering All The Risks For Bank of Commerce Holdings’s (NASDAQ:BOCH)?

Improving credit quality as a result of post-GFC recovery has led to a strong environment for growth in the banking sector. As a small-cap bank with a market capitalisation of US$208.87m, Bank of Commerce Holdings’s (NASDAQ:BOCH) profit and value are directly affected by economic growth. This is because borrowers’ demand for, and ability to repay, their loans depend on the stability of their salaries and interest rates. Risk associated with repayment is measured by bad debt which is written off as an expense, impacting Bank of Commerce Holdings’s bottom line. Today I will take you through some bad debt and liability measures to analyse the level of risky assets held by the bank. Looking through a risk-lens is a useful way to assess the attractiveness of Bank of Commerce Holdings’s a stock investment.

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NasdaqGM:BOCH Historical Debt July 25th 18
NasdaqGM:BOCH Historical Debt July 25th 18

How Good Is Bank of Commerce Holdings At Forecasting Its Risks?

Bank of Commerce Holdings’s forecasting and provisioning accuracy for its bad loans indicates it has a strong understanding of its own risk levels. If the bank provision covers more than 100% of what it actually writes off, then it is considered sensible and relatively accurate in its provisioning of bad debt. Given its large bad loan to bad debt ratio of 292.72%, Bank of Commerce Holdings excessively over-provisioned by 192.72% above the appropriate minimum, indicating the bank may perhaps be too cautious with their expectation of bad debt.

How Much Risk Is Too Much?

Bank of Commerce Holdings is considered to be in a good financial shape if it does not engage in overly risky lending practices. So what constitutes as overly risky? Loans that cannot be recovered by the bank are known as bad loans and typically should make up less than 3% of its total loans. Loans are written off as expenses when they are not repaid, which comes directly out of Bank of Commerce Holdings’s profit. The bank’s bad debt only makes up a very small 0.45% to total debt which means means the bank has very strict bad debt management and faces insignificant levels of default.

Is There Enough Safe Form Of Borrowing?

Handing Money Transparent Bank of Commerce Holdings makes money by lending out its various forms of borrowings. Deposits from customers tend to bear the lowest risk given the relatively stable amount available and interest rate. Generally, the higher level of deposits a bank retains, the less risky it is deemed to be. Since Bank of Commerce Holdings’s total deposit to total liabilities is very high at 91.59% which is well-above the prudent level of 50% for banks, Bank of Commerce Holdings may be too cautious with its level of deposits and has plenty of headroom to take on risker forms of liability.

Next Steps:

The recent acquisition is expected to bring more opportunities for BOCH, which in turn should lead to stronger growth. I would stay up-to-date on how this decision will affect the future of the business in terms of earnings growth and financial health. Below, I’ve listed three fundamental areas on Simply Wall St’s dashboard for a quick visualization on current trends for BOCH. I’ve also used this site as a source of data for my article.

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BOCH’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BOCH’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has BOCH’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
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