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FDIC aggregate bank losses masked by trading gains Q1 – 2009

The latest FDIC QBP is out and contains some sobering information on the impact of the recession on bank results.

FDIC Quarterly Banking Performance – 31st March 2009

INSURED INSTITUTION PERFORMANCE

  • Net Income of $7.6 Billion Is Less than Half Year-Earlier Level (61% less than previous period)
  • Noninterest Income Registers Strong Rebound at Large Banks
  • Aggressive Reserve Building Trails Growth in Troubled Loans
  • Industry Assets Contract by $302 Billion
  • Total Equity Capital Increases by $82.1 Billion

Looking behind the apparently positive net income of $7.6Bn we see that first quarter earnings were $11.7 billion (60.8 percent) lower than in the first quarter of 2008 but represented an apparently significant recovery from the $36.9 billion net loss the industry reported in the fourth quarter of 2008, however it included significant trading gains of $9.5 Bn which masked the continuing loan loss problems. Aggregate net income would have been in loss territory based on the business fundamentals.

While at first glance some recovery appears underway, the above along with industry asset contraction, reflecting pay-offs and write downs, suggests we are not close to being out of the woods on the banking sector.

I also note that the level of derivatives is has now increased in 2009 versus 2008, despite earlier commentary that derivatives were being unwound.  (Derivatives represent off balance sheet liabilities)

Written by Colin Henderson

May 27, 2009 at 11:34

Posted in US

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