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Risk Factors To Consider Before Investing In Franklin Financial Network, Inc. (NYSE:FSB)

Victor Youngblood

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Improving credit quality as a result of post-GFC recovery has led to a strong environment for growth in the banking sector. As a small-cap bank with a market capitalisation of US$481m, Franklin Financial Network, Inc.’s (NYSE:FSB) 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 Franklin Financial Network’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 Franklin Financial Network’s a stock investment.

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NYSE:FSB Historical Debt February 13th 19

How Good Is Franklin Financial Network At Forecasting Its Risks?

Franklin Financial Network’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 bank provisions for more than 100% of the bad debt it actually writes off, then it is considered to be relatively prudent and accurate in its bad debt provisioning. Given its large bad loan to bad debt ratio of over 500%, Franklin Financial Network 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?

Franklin Financial Network is engaging in risking lending practices if it is over-exposed to bad debt. 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 when loans are not repaid. This is classified as an expense which directly impacts Franklin Financial Network’s bottom line. The bank’s bad debt only makes up a very small 0.16% to total debt which means means the bank has very strict bad debt management and faces insignificant levels of default.

How Big Is Franklin Financial Network’s Safety Net?

Handing Money Transparent

Franklin Financial Network 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. Generally, the higher level of deposits a bank retains, the less risky it is deemed to be. Franklin Financial Network’s total deposit level of 89% 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:

FSB’s acquisition will impact the business moving forward. Keep an eye on how this decision plays out in the future, especially on its financial health and earnings growth. I’ve bookmarked FSB’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 FSB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for FSB’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is FSB 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 FSB is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.