Asset Quality Score
This test's purpose is to estimate how the bank's reserves set aside to cover loan losses, as well as overall capitalization, could be affected by troubled assets, such as unpaid loans.
Having extensive holdings of these types of assets means a bank may eventually have to use capital to absorb losses, decreasing its buffer of equity. It also means that there are likely to be many assets that are in non-accrual status and thus aren't earning money, resulting in diminished earnings and potentially more risk of a failure in the future.
On Bankrate's test of asset quality, Seacoast National Bank scored 40 out of a possible 40 points, better than the national average of 37.49 points.
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, 0.51 percent of Seacoast National 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 known as an "allowance for loan and lease losses" to deal with problem assets . How large that reserve is can be a helpful indicator when evaluating a bank's ability to manage problem assets, especially when compared to the total amount of problem loans. Unfortunately, the FDIC did not provide information on Seacoast National Bank's loan loss allowance in its most recent filings.