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Risk Factors To Consider Before Investing In Glen Burnie Bancorp (NASDAQ:GLBZ)

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$33m, Glen Burnie Bancorp’s (NASDAQ:GLBZ) 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 Glen Burnie Bancorp’s bottom line. Today we will analyse Glen Burnie Bancorp’s level of bad debt and liabilities in order to understand the risk involved with investing in the bank.

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NasdaqCM:GLBZ Historical Debt December 7th 18

How Good Is Glen Burnie Bancorp At Forecasting Its Risks?

Glen Burnie Bancorp’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. Given its high bad loan to bad debt ratio of 102.42% Glen Burnie Bancorp has cautiously over-provisioned 2.42% above the appropriate minimum, indicating 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?

Glen Burnie 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? Generally, loans that are “bad” and cannot be recovered by the bank should make up less than 3% of its total loans. When these loans are not repaid, they are written off as expenses which comes directly out of the bank’s profit. A ratio of 0.81% indicates the bank faces relatively low chance of default and exhibits strong bad debt management.

Is There Enough Safe Form Of Borrowing?

Handing Money Transparent

Glen Burnie Bancorp 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. The general rule is the higher level of deposits a bank holds, the less risky it is considered to be. Glen Burnie Bancorp’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:

The recent acquisition is expected to bring more opportunities for GLBZ, 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. Below, I’ve listed three fundamental areas on Simply Wall St’s dashboard for a quick visualization on current trends for GLBZ. I’ve also used this site as a source of data for my article.

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