114 Italian Banks (Roughly 23%) Have NPLs Exceeding Tangible Capital
The headline image is from the from ilsole24ore.com. The article is dated March 25, 2017. The translated headline reads "Here are the 114 Italian banks at risk for suffering"
The image shows 24 banks where non-performing loans total 200% or more of tangible assets.
The image title "Texas Highest Rate" refers to a measure of banking stress called the "Texas Ratio".
The Texas Ratio was developed by Gerard Cassidy and others at RBC Capital Markets. It is calculated by dividing the value of the lender's non-performing assets (NPL + Real Estate Owned) by the sum of its tangible common equity capital and loan loss reserves.
In analyzing Texas banks during the early 1980s recession, Cassidy noted that banks tended to fail when this ratio reached 1:1, or 100%. He noted a similar pattern among New England banks during the recession of the early 1990s.
Texas Ratio Analysis
In 2012, the Dallas Fed did an article on the So-Called Texas Ratio.
"So-called" pertains to a discussion as to whether or not the measured should be renamed the "Georgia Ratio".
US vs Italy (6% vs 23%)
At the peak of the SNL crisis in the 1980s, just over 5% of US banks had Texas ratios over 100%.
In the Great Financial crisis the number approached but did not top 6%.
In Italy, 114 of "almost" 500 banks have NPLs that exceed tangible capital. If were to add real estate owned (bank-owned real estate) to the Italian banks, they would be in even worse shape.
The caveat in this analysis is the article's numbers are from 2015. But are Italian banks better or worse today?
I suspect worse.
Meanwhile, Target2 imbalances from Italy continue to mount.
In case you missed it, please consider my November 9 article Italy Target2 Imbalance Hits Record €432.5 Billion as Dwindling Trust in Banks Plunges.
It is no coincidence that Target2 imbalances are on the rise as faith in banks collapses. Target2 is a measure of capital flight, despite the ECB's assurances to the contrary.
Italy owes creditors (primarily Germany), a record €432.5 Billion that will never be paid back except by an ECB emergency bailout.
For further discussion, please see Another Look at Capital Flight in Italy and Spain: ECB’s Target2 Explanation is False.
Correction: I used the word asset instead of capital in two places, now corrected.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock