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  • nobankersplease nobankersplease Aug 12, 2010 4:56 PM Flag

    Shrinking Asset Base = Trouble

    I think many posters here are not looking at the bigger picture. If you strip out the Colonial acquisition (+/-25B in assets a year ago), you will find BB&T's balance is shrinking. Assets are now under $155B. There is a trend here. Its not about charge offs...its all about loan growth. BB&T has got its head in the sand with respect to lending right now. Rates are falling and there is quite a bit of retail and commerical lending going on, but they are not involved in it. They have to get smart with respect to quantifying credit risk or they will have existing/performing loans mature and borrowers will go somewhere else to get their mortgage, car loan, commercial mortgage, etc. Even retail clients know how to shop for debt. Be careful about statements regarding the health of BB&T's blance sheet. Right now its a wasting asset.

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    • Your exactly right. I spoke to a current manager I used to work with last week. She said they are averaging $125k in loans a month, down from $400k when I worked their 2 years ago. She said the focus is not on loans right now, but they have to get business deposits. The runoff from the typical branch is north of $200k a month. $125 guarantees shrinking assets.

    • In case you haven't noticed loans for most banks have been shrinking. In general bbt has been doing much better than competition. The bank continues to grow its c&i, specialized lending and finance loans. They are intentionally shrinking their adc portfolio and lot loans and last qtr. actually grew their loans excluded adc. Not too many banks achieved that in the qtr.

      You say that "it's not about charge-offs". Baloney. Last quarter bad loans cost bbt $890 million or roughly 360 bsp annualized which is 7 times higher than their historic average.

      Your entitled to your opinions but I think you are not well informed. You might want to read the banks financials more closely.

      • 1 Reply to normlasky
      • Charge offs are already factored into banks' share prices. This is old news. The focus for institutional investors is no longer balance sheet repair, but loan origination, NIM and fee growth. The other poster confirms my previous remarks (I too have talked with folks); they are not getting the originations they need to make the financial calculus work, so either loans role to maturity and/or refi and the borrower goes someplace else (and takes deposits away) or the bank keeps the relationship and re-lends. The problem is BB&T has never in the past 30 years liked to lend at market rates, they dont like the risk (or cant correctly quantify the credit risk to their own cost of funding).
        Consumers are much more savy this time around. Are other banks' balance sheets wasting...yes, if you are a legacy lender like BB&T, but there are many new players in the arena these days, both banks and large private lenders who are filling the void and are unencumbered with legacy garbage. They are lending at phenom levels. The lesson is that balance sheet repair will not push this stock to $70. It wont; they have to grow and put money to the bottom line. BB&T had a golden opportunity to double its balance sheet in the past 20 mos; they could have stepped in and filled a much needed hole in the credit markets, expanded their footprint, enter new lines of corporate and commercial lending, but they didn't. They bought Colonial...whoopeee. This stock may end up trading the same way it did for nearly a decade prior to the recession...just bouncing in a range based on the yield. No explosive share growth with this strategy.

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