Safe and Sound

Beneficial Bank

Philadelphia, PA
4
Star Rating
Started in 1853, Beneficial Bank is an FDIC-insured bank based in Philadelphia, PA. Regulatory filings show the bank having equity of $962.1 million on assets of $5.80 billion, as of December 31, 2017.

U.S. bank customers have $4.25 billion on deposit at 62 offices in multiple states run by 768 full-time employees. With that footprint, the bank currently holds loans and leases worth $3.99 billion, $3.20 billion of which are for real estate.

Overall, Bankrate believes that, as of December 31, 2017, Beneficial Bank exhibited a good condition, earning 4 out of 5 stars for safety and soundness. Keep reading for a look at how the bank did on the three important criteria Bankrate used to evaluate American banks.

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THE INSTITUTION'S SCORE

Capital Score

Capital is an essential measurement of an institution's financial strength. It acts as a cushion against losses and as protection for accountholders when a bank is struggling financially. From a safety and soundness perspective, more capital is better.

Beneficial Bank racked up 18 out of a possible 30 points on our test to measure the adequacy of a bank's capital, exceeding the national average of 13.13.

A bank's Tier 1 capital ratio is an essential measure of this buffer. Beneficial Bank's Tier 1 capital ratio was 20.34 percent, above the 6 percent level regulators consider adequate, but below the national average of 25.65 percent. The higher the capital ratio, the better the bank will be able to weather financial downturns.

Overall, Beneficial Bank held equity amounting to 16.58 percent of its assets, which exceeded the national average of 12.03 percent.

Asset Quality Score

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

Having lots of these kinds of assets could eventually force a bank to use capital to absorb losses, diminishing its cushion of equity. Many of those assets are also likely to be in non-accrual status and thus aren't earning interest for the bank, resulting in depressed earnings and potentially more risk of a failure in the future.

On Bankrate's asset quality test, Beneficial Bank scored 40 out of a possible 40 points, above the national average of 37.49 points.

The percentage of problem assets a bank holds compared to its total assets is a widely used indicator of asset quality.As of December 31, 2017, 0.93 percent of Beneficial 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 keep a reserve to handle problem assets known as an "allowance for loan and lease losses." That reserve's size can be a useful indicator when evaluating a bank's ability to manage troubled assets, especially when compared to the total amount of problematic loans. Unfortunately, the FDIC did not provide information on Beneficial Bank's loan loss allowance in its most recent filings.

Earnings score

How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand financial shocks. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.

Beneficial Bank fell short of the national average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 6 out of a possible 30.

Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one important measure of a bank's earnings. Beneficial Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 2.57 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.

The bank reported net income of $24.9 million on total equity of $962.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.43 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.

WHAT IS SAFE & SOUND?

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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.