What You Should Know About Mackinac Financial Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MFNC) Risks

Post-GFC recovery has led to improving credit quality and a strong growth environment for the banking sector. As a small-cap bank with a market capitalisation of US$146m, Mackinac Financial Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MFNC) 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 Mackinac Financial’s bottom line. Since the level of risky assets held by the bank impacts the attractiveness of it as an investment, I will take you through three metrics that are insightful proxies for risk.

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NasdaqCM:MFNC Historical Debt December 18th 18
NasdaqCM:MFNC Historical Debt December 18th 18

Does Mackinac Financial Understand Its Own Risks?

Mackinac Financial’s ability to forecast and provision for its bad loans indicates it has a good understanding of the level of risk it is taking on. If the level of provisioning covers 100% or more of the actual bad debt expense the bank writes off, then it is relatively accurate and prudent in its bad debt provisioning. With a bad loan to bad debt ratio of 114.58%, the bank has cautiously over-provisioned by 14.58%, which illustrates a safe and prudent forecasting methodology, and its ability to anticipate the factors contributing to its bad loan levels.

How Much Risk Is Too Much?

Mackinac Financial’s operations expose it to risky assets by lending to borrowers who may not be able to repay their loans. Generally, loans that are “bad” and cannot be recovered by the bank 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 Mackinac Financial’s profit. The bank’s bad debt only makes up a very small 0.46% to total debt which means means the bank has very strict bad debt management and faces insignificant levels of default.

How Big Is Mackinac Financial’s Safety Net?

Handing Money Transparent Mackinac Financial profits from lending out its various forms of borrowings and charging interest rates. Deposits from customers tend to carry the lowest risk due to the relatively stable interest rate and amount available. As a rule, a bank is considered less risky if it holds a higher level of deposits. Since Mackinac Financial’s total deposit to total liabilities is very high at 93% which is well-above the prudent level of 50% for banks, Mackinac Financial 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 MFNC, 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 MFNC’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:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MFNC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MFNC’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is MFNC worth today? Has the future growth potential already been factored into the price? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether MFNC is currently mispriced by the market.
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