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Is Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ:OVLY) Over-Exposed To Risk?

Austin Wood

Post-GFC recovery has led to improving credit quality and a strong growth environment for the banking sector. Economic growth impacts the stability of salaries and interest rate level which in turn affects borrowers’ demand for, and ability to repay, their loans. As a small-cap bank with a market capitalisation of US$181.66m, Oak Valley Bancorp’s (NASDAQ:OVLY) profit and value are directly affected by economic activity. Risk associate with repayment is measured by the level of bad debt which is an expense written off Oak Valley Bancorp’s bottom line. Today we will analyse Oak Valley Bancorp’s level of bad debt and liabilities in order to understand the risk involved with investing in the bank. See our latest analysis for Oak Valley Bancorp

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Does Oak Valley Bancorp Understand Its Own Risks?

Oak Valley Bancorp’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 over 500%, Oak Valley Bancorp has excessively over-provisioned above the appropriate minimum of 100%, indicating the bank is extremely cautious with their expectation of bad debt and should adjust their forecast moving forward.

What Is An Appropriate Level Of Risk?

Oak Valley Bancorp 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. Bad debt is written off as expenses when loans are not repaid which directly impacts Oak Valley Bancorp’s bottom line. Since bad loans only make up a very insignificant 0.20% of its total assets, the bank exhibits very strict bad loan management and is exposed to a relatively insignificant level of risk in terms of default.

Is There Enough Safe Form Of Borrowing?

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Oak Valley Bancorp operates by lending out its various forms of borrowings. Customers’ deposits tend to carry the smallest risk given 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. Oak Valley Bancorp’s total deposit level of 99.39% 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 OVLY’s recent acquisition impact the business going forward? Should you be concerned about the future of OVLY and the sustainability of its financial health? I’ve bookmarked OVLY’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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.