Low Interest Rates, Loan Demand Key Concerns for Bankers in 2013

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BRENTWOOD, TENN., February 26, 2013 – Thirty-five percent of bankers and bank directors list continued net interest margin compression as the top concern for their banks, with another 25 percent citing loan demand, reveals an audience survey conducted by Bank Director and Grant Thornton LLP of more than 250 bank CEOs and directors attending the organization’s annual mergers and acquisitions conference January 28. Concerns with the net interest margin and loan demand are connected, as low interest rates and low loan demand diminish margins. Al Dominick of Bank Director and Nichole Jordan of Grant Thornton LLP conducted the audience survey at Bank Director’s Acquire or Be Acquired conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, which was completed by 273 CEOs, senior officers and directors of U.S. banks. Key findings include:

  • Despite concerns cited about loan demand, 60 percent of bankers and directors cite loan origination as the top way their banks plan to grow. Fifty-seven percent expect to see an increase in loan demand, while 10 percent expect to see a decline and one-third expect no change.
  • Twenty-eight percent of bankers and bank directors plan to grow through the traditional merger, which could be a smart choice for banks that seek to grow quickly.
  • Even with Basel III looming and its increased capital requirements for banks, the majority of the executives and directors surveyed have no plans to raise capital. Only 25 percent plan to raise capital in 2013.
  • Not surprisingly, 71 percent are deeply worried about the political landscape and its impact on their bank and customers. 

Grant Thornton further explores these results in a free video now available on BankDirector.com, focusing on how banks can address loan demand and compressed net interest margins. The survey results are available online at BankDirector.com.

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Source: BankDirector.com

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