12 CFR Part 195, Appendix A to Part 195 - Ratings

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Appendix A to Part 195—Ratings
(a) Ratings in general. (1) In assigning a rating, the appropriate Federal banking agency evaluates a savings association's performance under the applicable performance criteria in this part, in accordance with §§ 195.21 and 195.28. This includes consideration of low-cost education loans provided to low-income borrowers and activities in cooperation with minority- or women-owned financial institutions and low-income credit unions, as well as adjustments on the basis of evidence of discriminatory or other illegal credit practices.
(2) A savings association's performance need not fit each aspect of a particular rating profile in order to receive that rating, and exceptionally strong performance with respect to some aspects may compensate for weak performance in others. The savings association's overall performance, however, must be consistent with safe and sound banking practices and generally with the appropriate rating profile as follows.
(b) Savings associations evaluated under the lending, investment, and service tests—(1) Lending performance rating. The appropriate Federal banking agency assigns each savings association's lending performance one of the five following ratings.
(i) Outstanding. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's lending performance “outstanding” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(A) Excellent responsiveness to credit needs in its assessment area(s), taking into account the number and amount of home mortgage, small business, small farm, and consumer loans, if applicable, in its assessment area(s);
(B) A substantial majority of its loans are made in its assessment area(s);
(C) An excellent geographic distribution of loans in its assessment area(s);
(D) An excellent distribution, particularly in its assessment area(s), of loans among individuals of different income levels and businesses (including farms) of different sizes, given the product lines offered by the savings association;
(E) An excellent record of serving the credit needs of highly economically disadvantaged areas in its assessment area(s), low-income individuals, or businesses (including farms) with gross annual revenues of $1 million or less, consistent with safe and sound operations;
(F) Extensive use of innovative or flexible lending practices in a safe and sound manner to address the credit needs of low- or moderate-income individuals or geographies; and
(G) It is a leader in making community development loans.
(ii) High satisfactory. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's lending performance “high satisfactory” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(A) Good responsiveness to credit needs in its assessment area(s), taking into account the number and amount of home mortgage, small business, small farm, and consumer loans, if applicable, in its assessment area(s);
(B) A high percentage of its loans are made in its assessment area(s);
(C) A good geographic distribution of loans in its assessment area(s);
(D) A good distribution, particularly in its assessment area(s), of loans among individuals of different income levels and businesses (including farms) of different sizes, given the product lines offered by the savings association;
(E) A good record of serving the credit needs of highly economically disadvantaged areas in its assessment area(s), low-income individuals, or businesses (including farms) with gross annual revenues of $1 million or less, consistent with safe and sound operations;
(F) Use of innovative or flexible lending practices in a safe and sound manner to address the credit needs of low- or moderate-income individuals or geographies; and
(G) It has made a relatively high level of community development loans.
(iii) Low satisfactory. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's lending performance “low satisfactory” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(A) Adequate responsiveness to credit needs in its assessment area(s), taking into account the number and amount of home mortgage, small business, small farm, and consumer loans, if applicable, in its assessment area(s);
(B) An adequate percentage of its loans are made in its assessment area(s);
(C) An adequate geographic distribution of loans in its assessment area(s);
(D) An adequate distribution, particularly in its assessment area(s), of loans among individuals of different income levels and businesses (including farms) of different sizes, given the product lines offered by the savings association;
(E) An adequate record of serving the credit needs of highly economically disadvantaged areas in its assessment area(s), low-income individuals, or businesses (including farms) with gross annual revenues of $1 million or less, consistent with safe and sound operations;
(F) Limited use of innovative or flexible lending practices in a safe and sound manner to address the credit needs of low- or moderate-income individuals or geographies; and
(G) It has made an adequate level of community development loans.
(iv) Needs to improve. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's lending performance “needs to improve” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(A) Poor responsiveness to credit needs in its assessment area(s), taking into account the number and amount of home mortgage, small business, small farm, and consumer loans, if applicable, in its assessment area(s);
(B) A small percentage of its loans are made in its assessment area(s);
(C) A poor geographic distribution of loans, particularly to low- or moderate-income geographies, in its assessment area(s);
(D) A poor distribution, particularly in its assessment area(s), of loans among individuals of different income levels and businesses (including farms) of different sizes, given the product lines offered by the savings association;
(E) A poor record of serving the credit needs of highly economically disadvantaged areas in its assessment area(s), low-income individuals, or businesses (including farms) with gross annual revenues of $1 million or less, consistent with safe and sound operations;
(F) Little use of innovative or flexible lending practices in a safe and sound manner to address the credit needs of low- or moderate-income individuals or geographies; and
(G) It has made a low level of community development loans.
(v) Substantial noncompliance. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's lending performance as being in “substantial noncompliance” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(A) A very poor responsiveness to credit needs in its assessment area(s), taking into account the number and amount of home mortgage, small business, small farm, and consumer loans, if applicable, in its assessment area(s);
(B) A very small percentage of its loans are made in its assessment area(s);
(C) A very poor geographic distribution of loans, particularly to low- or moderate-income geographies, in its assessment area(s);
(D) A very poor distribution, particularly in its assessment area(s), of loans among individuals of different income levels and businesses (including farms) of different sizes, given the product lines offered by the savings association;
(E) A very poor record of serving the credit needs of highly economically disadvantaged areas in its assessment area(s), low-income individuals, or businesses (including farms) with gross annual revenues of $1 million or less, consistent with safe and sound operations;
(F) No use of innovative or flexible lending practices in a safe and sound manner to address the credit needs of low- or moderate-income individuals or geographies; and
(G) It has made few, if any, community development loans.
(2) Investment performance rating. The appropriate Federal banking agency assigns each savings association's investment performance one of the five following ratings.
(i) Outstanding. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's investment performance “outstanding” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(A) An excellent level of qualified investments, particularly those that are not routinely provided by private investors, often in a leadership position;
(B) Extensive use of innovative or complex qualified investments; and
(C) Excellent responsiveness to credit and community development needs.
(ii) High satisfactory. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's investment performance “high satisfactory” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(A) A significant level of qualified investments, particularly those that are not routinely provided by private investors, occasionally in a leadership position;
(B) Significant use of innovative or complex qualified investments; and
(C) Good responsiveness to credit and community development needs.
(iii) Low satisfactory. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's investment performance “low satisfactory” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(A) An adequate level of qualified investments, particularly those that are not routinely provided by private investors, although rarely in a leadership position;
(B) Occasional use of innovative or complex qualified investments; and
(C) Adequate responsiveness to credit and community development needs.
(iv) Needs to improve. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's investment performance “needs to improve” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(A) A poor level of qualified investments, particularly those that are not routinely provided by private investors;
(B) Rare use of innovative or complex qualified investments; and
(C) Poor responsiveness to credit and community development needs.
(v) Substantial noncompliance. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's investment performance as being in “substantial noncompliance” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(A) Few, if any, qualified investments, particularly those that are not routinely provided by private investors;
(B) No use of innovative or complex qualified investments; and
(C) Very poor responsiveness to credit and community development needs.
(3) Service performance rating. The appropriate Federal banking agency assigns each savings association's service performance one of the five following ratings.
(i) Outstanding. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's service performance “outstanding” if, in general, the savings association demonstrates:
(A) Its service delivery systems are readily accessible to geographies and individuals of different income levels in its assessment area(s);
(B) To the extent changes have been made, its record of opening and closing branches has improved the accessibility of its delivery systems, particularly in low- or moderate-income geographies or to low- or moderate-income individuals;
(C) Its services (including, where appropriate, business hours) are tailored to the convenience and needs of its assessment area(s), particularly low- or moderate-income geographies or low- or moderate-income individuals; and
(D) It is a leader in providing community development services.
(ii) High satisfactory. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's service performance “high satisfactory” if, in general, the savings association demonstrates:
(A) Its service delivery systems are accessible to geographies and individuals of different income levels in its assessment area(s);
(B) To the extent changes have been made, its record of opening and closing branches has not adversely affected the accessibility of its delivery systems, particularly in low- and moderate-income geographies and to low- and moderate-income individuals;
(C) Its services (including, where appropriate, business hours) do not vary in a way that inconveniences its assessment area(s), particularly low- and moderate-income geographies and low- and moderate-income individuals; and
(D) It provides a relatively high level of community development services.
(iii) Low satisfactory. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's service performance “low satisfactory” if, in general, the savings association demonstrates:
(A) Its service delivery systems are reasonably accessible to geographies and individuals of different income levels in its assessment area(s);
(B) To the extent changes have been made, its record of opening and closing branches has generally not adversely affected the accessibility of its delivery systems, particularly in low- and moderate-income geographies and to low- and moderate-income individuals;
(C) Its services (including, where appropriate, business hours) do not vary in a way that inconveniences its assessment area(s), particularly low- and moderate-income geographies and low- and moderate-income individuals; and
(D) It provides an adequate level of community development services.
(iv) Needs to improve. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's service performance “needs to improve” if, in general, the savings association demonstrates:
(A) Its service delivery systems are unreasonably inaccessible to portions of its assessment area(s), particularly to low- or moderate-income geographies or to low- or moderate-income individuals;
(B) To the extent changes have been made, its record of opening and closing branches has adversely affected the accessibility of its delivery systems, particularly in low- or moderate-income geographies or to low- or moderate-income individuals;
(C) Its services (including, where appropriate, business hours) vary in a way that inconveniences its assessment area(s), particularly low- or moderate-income geographies or low- or moderate-income individuals; and
(D) It provides a limited level of community development services.
(v) Substantial noncompliance. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a savings association's service performance as being in “substantial noncompliance” if, in general, the savings association demonstrates:
(A) Its service delivery systems are unreasonably inaccessible to significant portions of its assessment area(s), particularly to low- or moderate-income geographies or to low- or moderate-income individuals;
(B) To the extent changes have been made, its record of opening and closing branches has significantly adversely affected the accessibility of its delivery systems, particularly in low- or moderate-income geographies or to low- or moderate-income individuals;
(C) Its services (including, where appropriate, business hours) vary in a way that significantly inconveniences its assessment area(s), particularly low- or moderate-income geographies or low- or moderate-income individuals; and
(D) It provides few, if any, community development services.
(c) Wholesale or limited purpose savings associations. The appropriate Federal banking agency assigns each wholesale or limited purpose savings association's community development performance one of the four following ratings.
(1) Outstanding. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a wholesale or limited purpose savings association's community development performance “outstanding” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(i) A high level of community development loans, community development services, or qualified investments, particularly investments that are not routinely provided by private investors;
(ii) Extensive use of innovative or complex qualified investments, community development loans, or community development services; and
(iii) Excellent responsiveness to credit and community development needs in its assessment area(s).
(2) Satisfactory. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a wholesale or limited purpose savings association's community development performance “satisfactory” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(i) An adequate level of community development loans, community development services, or qualified investments, particularly investments that are not routinely provided by private investors;
(ii) Occasional use of innovative or complex qualified investments, community development loans, or community development services; and
(iii) Adequate responsiveness to credit and community development needs in its assessment area(s).
(3) Needs to improve. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a wholesale or limited purpose savings association's community development performance as “needs to improve” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(i) A poor level of community development loans, community development services, or qualified investments, particularly investments that are not routinely provided by private investors;
(ii) Rare use of innovative or complex qualified investments, community development loans, or community development services; and
(iii) Poor responsiveness to credit and community development needs in its assessment area(s).
(4) Substantial noncompliance. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a wholesale or limited purpose savings association's community development performance in “substantial noncompliance” if, in general, it demonstrates:
(i) Few, if any, community development loans, community development services, or qualified investments, particularly investments that are not routinely provided by private investors;
(ii) No use of innovative or complex qualified investments, community development loans, or community development services; and
(iii) Very poor responsiveness to credit and community development needs in its assessment area(s).
(d) Savings associations evaluated under the small savings association performance standard.—(1) Lending test ratings. (i) Eligibility for a satisfactory lending test rating. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates a small savings association's lending performance “satisfactory” if, in general, the savings association demonstrates:
(A) A reasonable loan-to-deposit ratio (considering seasonal variations) given the savings association's size, financial condition, the credit needs of its assessment area(s), and taking into account, as appropriate, other lending-related activities such as loan originations for sale to the secondary markets and community development loans and qualified investments;
(B) A majority of its loans and, as appropriate, other lending-related activities, are in its assessment area;
(C) A distribution of loans to and, as appropriate, other lending-related activities for individuals of different income levels (including low- and moderate-income individuals) and businesses and farms of different sizes that is reasonable given the demographics of the savings association's assessment area(s);
(D) A record of taking appropriate action, when warranted, in response to written complaints, if any, about the savings association's performance in helping to meet the credit needs of its assessment area(s); and
(E) A reasonable geographic distribution of loans given the savings association's assessment area(s).
(ii) Eligibility for an “outstanding” lending test rating. A small savings association that meets each of the standards for a “satisfactory” rating under this paragraph and exceeds some or all of those standards may warrant consideration for a lending test rating of “outstanding.”
(iii) Needs to improve or substantial noncompliance ratings. A small savings association may also receive a lending test rating of “needs to improve” or “substantial noncompliance” depending on the degree to which its performance has failed to meet the standard for a “satisfactory” rating.
(2) Community development test ratings for intermediate small savings associations—(i) Eligibility for a satisfactory community development test rating. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates an intermediate small savings association's community development performance “satisfactory” if the savings association demonstrates adequate responsiveness to the community development needs of its assessment area(s) through community development loans, qualified investments, and community development services. The adequacy of the savings association's response will depend on its capacity for such community development activities, its assessment area's need for such community development activities, and the availability of such opportunities for community development in the savings association's assessment area(s).
(ii) Eligibility for an outstanding community development test rating. The appropriate Federal banking agency rates an intermediate small savings association's community development performance “outstanding” if the savings association demonstrates excellent responsiveness to community development needs in its assessment area(s) through community development loans, qualified investments, and community development services, as appropriate, considering the savings association's capacity and the need and availability of such opportunities for community development in the savings association's assessment area(s).
(iii) Needs to improve or substantial noncompliance ratings. An intermediate small savings association may also receive a community development test rating of “needs to improve” or “substantial noncompliance” depending on the degree to which its performance has failed to meet the standards for a “satisfactory” rating.
(3) Overall rating—(i) Eligibility for a satisfactory overall rating. No intermediate small savings association may receive an assigned overall rating of “satisfactory” unless it receives a rating of at least “satisfactory” on both the lending test and the community development test.
(ii) Eligibility for an outstanding overall rating. (A) An intermediate small savings association that receives an “outstanding” rating on one test and at least “satisfactory” on the other test may receive an assigned overall rating of “outstanding.”
(B) A small savings association that is not an intermediate small savings association that meets each of the standards for a “satisfactory” rating under the lending test and exceeds some or all of those standards may warrant consideration for an overall rating of “outstanding.” In assessing whether a savings association's performance is “outstanding,” the appropriate Federal banking agency considers the extent to which the savings association exceeds each of the performance standards for a “satisfactory” rating and its performance in making qualified investments and its performance in providing branches and other services and delivery systems that enhance credit availability in its assessment area(s).
(iii) Needs to improve or substantial noncompliance overall ratings. A small savings association may also receive a rating of “needs to improve” or “substantial noncompliance” depending on the degree to which its performance has failed to meet the standards for a “satisfactory” rating.
(e) Strategic plan assessment and rating—(1) Satisfactory goals. The appropriate Federal banking agency approves as “satisfactory” measurable goals that adequately help to meet the credit needs of the savings association's assessment area(s).
(2) Outstanding goals. If the plan identifies a separate group of measurable goals that substantially exceed the levels approved as “satisfactory,” the appropriate Federal banking agency will approve those goals as “outstanding.”
(3) Rating. The appropriate Federal banking agency assesses the performance of a savings association operating under an approved plan to determine if the savings association has met its plan goals:
(i) If the savings association substantially achieves its plan goals for a satisfactory rating, the appropriate Federal banking agency will rate the savings association's performance under the plan as “satisfactory.”
(ii) If the savings association exceeds its plan goals for a satisfactory rating and substantially achieves its plan goals for an outstanding rating, the appropriate Federal banking agency will rate the savings association's performance under the plan as “outstanding.”
(iii) If the savings association fails to meet substantially its plan goals for a satisfactory rating, the appropriate Federal banking agency will rate the savings association as either “needs to improve” or “substantial noncompliance,” depending on the extent to which it falls short of its plan goals, unless the savings association elected in its plan to be rated otherwise, as provided in § 195.27(f)(4).

Title 12 published on 2014-01-01

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