Safe and Sound

BayCoast Bank

Swansea, MA
4
Star Rating
Founded in 1851, BayCoast Bank is an FDIC-insured bank headquartered in Swansea, MA. As of December 31, 2017, the bank held equity of $154.7 million on assets of $1.46 billion.

Thanks to the efforts of 376 full-time employees in 18 offices in multiple states, the bank has amassed loans and leases worth $1.15 billion, including real estate loans of $931.4 million. U.S. bank customers currently have $1.12 billion in deposits with the bank.

Overall, Bankrate believes that, as of December 31, 2017, BayCoast Bank exhibited a good condition, earning 4 out of 5 stars for safety and soundness. Here's a look at how the bank fared on the three key criteria Bankrate used to evaluate American banks.

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THE INSTITUTION'S SCORE

Capital Score

When it comes to measuring an a bank's financial stability, capital is valuable. It works as a buffer against losses and provides protection for depositors during periods of financial instability for the bank. From a safety and soundness perspective, more capital is better.

On our test to measure the adequacy of a bank's capital, BayCoast Bank received a score of 10 out of a possible 30 points, below the national average of 13.13.

One way to measure this buffer is looking at a bank's Tier 1 capital ratio. BayCoast Bank's Tier 1 capital ratio was 11.37 percent, exceeding the 6 percent level regulators consider adequate, but lower than the national average of 25.65 percent. The higher the capital ratio, the better the bank will be able to stand up to economic downturns.

Overall, BayCoast Bank held equity amounting to 10.59 percent of its assets, which was lower than the national average of 12.03 percent.

Asset Quality Score

Bankrate uses this test to estimate the impact of problem assets, such as unpaid loans, on the bank's reserves set aside to cover loan losses, as well as overall capitalization.

Having large numbers of these types of assets suggests a bank may have to use capital to absorb losses, diminishing its equity buffer. It also means that there are likely to be many assets that are in non-accrual status and no longer earning money, resulting in lower earnings and potentially more risk of a failure in the future.

BayCoast Bank scored 40 out of a possible 40 points on Bankrate's test of asset quality, exceeding the national average of 37.49.

The percentage of problem assets a bank holds compared to its total assets is a useful indicator of asset quality.As of December 31, 2017, 0.50 percent of BayCoast Bank's loans were noncurrent -- in other words, they were more than 90 days past due or were in non-accrual status. That's below the national average of 1.01 percent.

Banks maintain a reserve known as an "allowance for loan and lease losses" to deal with problem assets . Comparing the size of that reserve to the total amount of problematic loans can be a handy indicator when evaluating a bank's ability to manage problem assets. Unfortunately, the FDIC did not provide information on BayCoast Bank's loan loss allowance in its most recent filings.

Earnings score

How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, boosting its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand economic shocks. Conversely, losses diminish a bank's ability to do those things.

BayCoast Bank scored 14 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, failing to reach the national average of 15.12.

One important measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially profit) by total equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for BayCoast Bank was 8.26 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.

The bank reported net income of $10.8 million on total equity of $154.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.80 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.

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Scoring methodology

Bankrate.com evaluates the financial condition of institutions and assigns a one- to five-star rating for each with five stars representing the highest rating. Institutions with satisfactory performance will generally receive a rating of three or more stars. The majority of institutions fall into the three- to four-star range. An institution with an "NR" rating may be too new to rate or may have limited the publicly available information in their regulatory filings. The "NR" is not an indication of financial strength or weakness. The Safe & Sound rating is believed to be reliable, but the information is not guaranteed. In addition, events since the information was collected may have altered the institution's financial condition.