Should You Be Concerned About Farmers Capital Bank Corporation’s (NASDAQ:FFKT) Risks?

Post-GFC recovery has led to improving credit quality and a strong growth environment for the banking sector. Farmers Capital Bank Corporation (NASDAQ:FFKT) is a small-cap bank with a market capitalisation of US$403.06m. Its profit and value are directly impacted by its borrowers’ ability to pay which is driven by the level of economic growth. This is because growth determines the stability of a borrower’s salary as well as the level of interest rates. Risk associated with repayment is measured by bad debt which is written off as an expense, impacting Farmers Capital Bank’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 Farmers Capital Bank’s a stock investment. See our latest analysis for Farmers Capital Bank

NasdaqGS:FFKT Historical Debt June 28th 18
NasdaqGS:FFKT Historical Debt June 28th 18

How Good Is Farmers Capital Bank At Forecasting Its Risks?

The ability for Farmers Capital Bank to forecast and provision for its bad loans accurately serves as an indication for the bank’s understanding of its own level of risk. The bank has poorly anticipated the factors contributing to higher bad loan levels if it writes off more than 100% of the bad debt it provisioned for. This begs the question – does Farmers Capital Bank understand the risks it has taken on? With a bad loan to bad debt ratio of 64.38%, Farmers Capital Bank has under-provisioned by -35.62% which is below the sensible margin of error, illustrating room for improvement in the bank’s forecasting methodology.

How Much Risk Is Too Much?

Farmers Capital Bank is engaging in risking lending practices if it is over-exposed to bad debt. Typically, loans that are “bad” and cannot be recuperated by the bank should comprise less than 3% of its total loans. When these loans are not repaid, they are written off as expenses which comes directly out of the bank’s profit. Since bad loans make up a relatively small 1.46% of total assets, the bank exhibits strict bad debt management and faces low risk of default.

Is There Enough Safe Form Of Borrowing?

Handing Money Transparent Farmers Capital Bank 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. As a rule, a bank is considered less risky if it holds a higher level of deposits. Farmers Capital Bank’s total deposit level of 93.44% of its total liabilities is very high and is well-above the sensible level of 50% for financial institutions. This may mean the bank is too cautious with its level of its safer form of borrowing and has plenty of headroom to take on risker forms of liability.

Next Steps:

The recent acquisition is expected to bring more opportunities for FFKT, 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. I’ve bookmarked FFKT’s company page on Simply Wall St to stay informed with changes in outlook and valuation. This is also the source of data for this article. The three main sections I’d recommend you check out are:

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