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Should You Be Concerned About Veritex Holdings, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:VBTX) Risks?

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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$1.3b, Veritex Holdings, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:VBTX) 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 Veritex Holdings’s bottom line. Today we will analyse Veritex Holdings’s level of bad debt and liabilities in order to understand the risk involved with investing in the bank.

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NasdaqGM:VBTX Historical Debt, April 1st 2019

Does Veritex Holdings Understand Its Own Risks?

The ability for Veritex Holdings 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 may have 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 Veritex Holdings understand the risks it has taken on? With a non-performing loan allowance to non-performing loan ratio of 77.81%, Veritex Holdings has under-provisioned by -22.19% which leaves relatively little margin for error. We do note though, that many banks don't require 100% coverage of their non-performing loans, as banks often can seize collateral to cover their losses on bad loans.

What Is An Appropriate Level Of Risk?

Veritex Holdings is considered to be in better financial shape if it does not engage in overly risky lending practices. So what constitutes as overly risk? Ideally, 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 come directly out of the bank’s profit. A ratio of 0.97% may indicate the bank faces relatively low chance of default and exhibits strong bad debt management - or it could indicate risks in the portfolio have not fully matured.

How Big Is Veritex Holdings’s Safety Net?

Handing Money Transparent

Veritex Holdings 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. Generally, the higher level of deposits a bank retains, the less risky it is deemed to be. Veritex Holdings’s total deposit level of 98% 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:

How will VBTX’s recent acquisition impact the business going forward? Should you be concerned about the future of VBTX and the sustainability of its financial health? The list below is my go-to checks for VBTX. I use Simply Wall St's platform to keep informed about any changes in the company and market sentiment, and also use their data as the basis for my articles.

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for VBTX’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for VBTX’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is VBTX 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 VBTX is currently mispriced by the market.
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