TSC Ratings provides exclusive stock, ETF and mutual fund ratings and commentary based on award-winning, proprietary tools. Its "safety first" approach to investing aims to reduce risk while seeking solid outperformance on a total return basis.US Bancorp ( USB) shares have fallen 53% over the past year, less than Citigroup ( C), which has dropped 88%, and Bank of America ( BAC), which has declined 80%, and the S&P financial industry, down 63%. That outperformance suggests US Bancorp is a stronger firm, but large loan balances relative to its size may lead to debilitating write-downs. Bank analyst Mike Mayo on Monday issued a troubling report on the industry that suggested additional write-downs could top those during the Great Depression. While loan losses reaching such levels is certainly a terrifying, although unlikely, event, a slight increase over current losses could increase pressure on banks, leading to further stock-price declines. US Bancorp is more exposed to risks from these losses than most financial institutions. As of Dec. 31, US Bancorp had loans on its balance sheet comprising more than 68% of its assets. Citigroup had 34% of its assets as loans, Bank of America, 50%, and JPMorgan ( JPM), 33%. Increasing the pressure on US Bancorp are relatively minuscule cash reserves, suggesting the majority of its assets are deployed in risky securities. US Bancorp has only 2.5% of its assets in liquid accounts, while JP Morgan has 7.6% of assets available as cash, Citigroup has 10%, and Bank of America has 11%. Unlike Citigroup, Bank of America and other ill-fated banks, US Bancorp has avoided excessive leverage, helping its share price. However, for common-stock investors, who will feel the pain from further write downs, the amount of loans on US Bancorp's books is disturbing.