12 CFR 563e.22 - Lending test.
(a)Scope of test.
(1) The lending test evaluates a savings association's record of helping to meet the credit needs of its assessment area(s) through its lending activities by considering a savings association's home mortgage, small business, small farm, and community development lending. If consumer lending constitutes a substantial majority of a savings association's business, the OTS will evaluate the savings association's consumer lending in one or more of the following categories: motor vehicle, credit card, home equity, other secured, and other unsecured loans. In addition, at a savings association's option, the OTS will evaluate one or more categories of consumer lending, if the savings association has collected and maintained, as required in § 563e.42(c)(1), the data for each category that the savings association elects to have the OTS evaluate.
(2) The OTS considers originations and purchases of loans. The OTS will also consider any other loan data the savings association may choose to provide, including data on loans outstanding, commitments and letters of credit.
(3) A savings association may ask the OTS to consider loans originated or purchased by consortia in which the savings association participates or by third parties in which the savings association has invested only if the loans meet the definition of community development loans and only in accordance with paragraph (d) of this section. The OTS will not consider these loans under any criterion of the lending test except the community development lending criterion.
(b)Performance criteria. The OTS evaluates a savings association's lending performance pursuant to the following criteria:
(2)Geographic distribution. The geographic distribution of the savings association's home mortgage, small business, small farm, and consumer loans, if applicable, based on the loan location, including:
(i) The proportion of the savings association's lending in the savings association's assessment area(s);
(ii) The dispersion of lending in the savings association's assessment area(s); and
(iii) The number and amount of loans in low-, moderate-, middle-, and upper-income geographies in the savings association's assessment area(s);
(3)Borrower characteristics. The distribution, particularly in the savings association's assessment area(s), of the savings association's home mortgage, small business, small farm, and consumer loans, if applicable, based on borrower characteristics, including the number and amount of:
(ii) Small business and small farm loans to businesses and farms with gross annual revenues of $1 million or less;
(iii) Small business and small farm loans by loan amount at origination; and
(5)Innovative or flexible lending practices. The savings association's 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.
(2) The OTS considers affiliate lending subject to the following constraints:
(i) No affiliate may claim a loan origination or loan purchase if another institution claims the same loan origination or purchase; and
(ii) If a savings association elects to have the OTS consider loans within a particular lending category made by one or more of the savings association's affiliates in a particular assessment area, the savings association shall elect to have the OTS consider, in accordance with paragraph (c)(1) of this section, all the loans within that lending category in that particular assessment area made by all of the savings association's affiliates.
(d)Lending by a consortium or a third party. Community development loans originated or purchased by a consortium in which the savings association participates or by a third party in which the savings association has invested:
(1) Will be considered, at the savings association's option, if the savings association reports the data pertaining to these loans under § 563e.42(b)(2); and
(2) May be allocated among participants or investors, as they choose, for purposes of the lending test, except that no participant or investor:
(i) May claim a loan origination or loan purchase if another participant or investor claims the same loan origination or purchase; or
(ii) May claim loans accounting for more than its percentage share (based on the level of its participation or investment) of the total loans originated by the consortium or third party.
(e)Lending performance rating. The OTS rates a savings association's lending performance as provided in Appendix A of this part.