Safe and Sound

The Twin Valley Bank

West Alexandria, OH
4
Star Rating
The Twin Valley Bank is a West Alexandria, OH-based, FDIC-insured bank founded in 1888. As of December 31, 2017, the bank held equity of $7.0 million on assets of $66.8 million.

With 20 full-time employees in 3 offices in OH, the bank has amassed loans and leases worth $44.9 million, including real estate loans of $34.3 million. U.S. bank customers currently have $58.1 million in deposits with the bank.

Overall, Bankrate believes that, as of December 31, 2017, The Twin Valley 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 score American banks.

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THE INSTITUTION'S SCORE

Capital Score

Capital acts as a cushion against losses and as protection for depositors when a bank is struggling financially. Therefore, a bank's level of capital is a crucial measurement of an institution's financial strength. From a safety and soundness perspective, the higher the capital, the better.

On our test to measure capital adequacy, The Twin Valley Bank received a score of 12 out of a possible 30 points, failing to reach the national average of 13.13.

One way to measure this buffer is looking at a bank's Tier 1 capital ratio. The Twin Valley Bank's Tier 1 capital ratio was 15.26 percent, exceeding the 6 percent level considered adequate by regulators, but lower than the national average of 25.65 percent. A higher capital ratio means the bank will be better able to weather economic downturns.

Overall, The Twin Valley Bank held equity amounting to 10.54 percent of its assets, which was lower than the national average of 12.03 percent.

Asset Quality Score

In this test, Bankrate tries 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 lots of these kinds of assets may eventually force a bank to use capital to absorb losses, cutting down on its cushion of equity. It also means that there are likely to be many assets that are in non-accrual status and no longer earning interest for the bank, resulting in depressed earnings and potentially more risk of a future failure.

The Twin Valley Bank scored 40 out of a possible 40 points on Bankrate's asset quality test, above the national average of 37.49.

A helpful indicator of asset quality is the percentage of problem assets a bank holds compared to its total assets. As of December 31, 2017, 0.34 percent of The Twin Valley 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." Comparing the reserve's size to the total amount of at-risk loans can be a widely used indicator when evaluating a bank's ability to manage troubled assets. Unfortunately, the FDIC did not provide information on The Twin Valley 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 prepared to withstand financial trouble. Losses, on the other hand, take away from a bank's ability to do those things.

The Twin Valley Bank received below-average marks on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 10 out of a possible 30.

Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The Twin Valley Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 4.70 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.

The bank reported net income of $328,000 on total equity of $7.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.51 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.