About IDC

IDC Financial Publishing, Inc. (IDC) uses its unique CAMEL rankings of financial ratios to determine the safety ratings of banks, bank holding companies, savings institutions, and credit unions.

IDC's methodology for ranking financial institutions for safety is an open platform, allowing banks, savings institutions, credit unions, and any client to understand financial ratios and rank for a specific institution. The staff is open to discussion of ratios and rank to account for special circumstances of your financial institution.

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The CAMEL System

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    Capital Adequacy

    Capital risk is determined by Tier I capital as a percent of assets and as a percent of risk-based assets. Tier I & II capital as a percent of risk-based assets (risk-based capital ratios) measures credit and interest rate risk as well as estimates risk in the asset base.
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    Asset Quality

    Adequacy of Capital and reserves measures the levels of delinquent loans, nonaccrual loans, restructured and foreclosed assets relative to loan loss reserves and Tier I capital. Risk-adjusted assets as part of the risk-based capital ratio further define the quality of assets.
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    Margins

    Margins are the best measurement of management's financial controls. Margins represent the spreads between (1) the return on equity compared to estimated cost of equity capital, (2) interest income versus cost of funding, and (3) operating profit and net operating revenues.
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    Earnings Returns

    Earning returns measure the success of the operating strategy. Revenue yields from investments, loans, and noninterest income with comparison to operating costs are the major components of the net operating after-tax return on earning assets (ROEA). Return on financial leverage (ROFL) measures the level of leverage and after-tax cost of funding compared to the after-tax return on earning assets (ROEA).
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    Leverage/ Liquidity

    Liquidity determines the ability to grow (1) balance sheet cash flow as a percent of Tier I capital and (2) annual growth in equity capital, (3) nonperforming assets % total loans, (4) loans compared to stable deposits and borrowings plus estimated unused lines of credit at the Federal Home Loan Bank, and (5) interest bearing liabilities % earning assets.

We Have Rankings for 13,978 Institutions

Based on fourth quarter 2014 regulatory filings, evaluated institutions earned the following categories and corresponding numerical ranks using IDC's proprietary CAMEL analysis.
  1. Superior 5862
  2. Excellent 2928
  3. Average 3021
  4. Below Average 1702
  5. Lowest Ratios 337
  6. Rank of One 128
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Bank Rating Services

Founded in 1985 by John E. Rickmeier, President, IDC is the industry standard for rating financial institutions, which issue brokered certificates of deposit. IDC's proprietary "CAMEL" analysis assesses the overall safety and soundness of over 13,000 financial institutions each quarter. The bank rating methodology of analyzing 24 key financial ratios provides a one-number IDC quality rank from 1 (the lowest) to 300 (the highest) for each institution reporting to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC),and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The bank safety ratings fall into one of six peer group categories: Superior, Excellent, Average, Below Average, Lowest Ratios, and Rank of One.