February 25, 2021
Agencies issue Shared National Credit Review
- Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
For release at 10:00 a.m. EST
Credit risk for large, syndicated loans has increased over the last year, according to the 2020 Shared National Credit (SNC) Review released by federal bank regulatory agencies today. The elevated risk is largely attributed to the effects of COVD-19. While risk has increased, many agent banks have strengthened their risk management systems since the prior downturn & are better equipped to measure & mitigate risks associated with loans in the current environment.
The review, which evaluates the quality of large syndicated loans, was conducted by the FED, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, & the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, & reflects examination of SNC loans originated on or before June 30, 2020. The 2020 results provide additional analysis focusing on borrowers in five industries that were affected significantly by the pandemic: entertainment & recreation, oil & gas, real estate, retail, & transportation services.
The 2020 SNC portfolio included 5,652 borrowers, totaling $5.1 trillion in commitments, up 5.0 percent from a year ago. Nearly half of the total commitments were leveraged loans. The percentage of “non-pass” loans, including special mention & classified SNC commitments, for the portfolio rose from 6.9 percent to 12.4 percent year over year. While U.S banks held nearly 45 percent of all SNC commitments, they held less than a quarter of non-pass loans. For leveraged borrowers operating in COVID-19 affected industries, non-pass loans rose from 13.5 percent to 29.2 percent year over year. Commitments to borrowers in COVID-19 affected industries represented about one-fifth of all SNC commitments.
In response to the increase in loan risks, banks substantially increased their loan-loss reserves, & aggregate capital in the system has risen by nearly a percentage point since March of 2020. Supervisors will monitor the performance of this portfolio relative to the increased loss cushion established by banks during 2020.
February 25, 2021
Source: Federal Reserves
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