NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With the August 15 deadline having passed for banks to get existing customers to opt-in for continued overdraft protection on ATM and debit card transactions, the big question for investors is which banks have the most at stake? TheStreet has compiled a list of the ten large banks that derived the highest percentage of second-quarter operating revenue from service charges on deposit accounts. The list is based on data from the Consolidated Financial Statements for Bank Holding Companies (FR Y-9C) filed with the Federal Reserve System, as provided by SNL Financial for bank holding companies with at least $10 billion in total assets. Unfortunately, the bank holding company statements don't break-out the ATM and debit card overdraft fees from other deposit service fees, but the numbers for the banks deriving the greatest part of total revenue from service charges on deposit accounts are strikingly high when compared with those just a bit lower on the list. The Federal Reserve data allows for a uniform comparison. Here are the ten U.S. bank holding companies with the highest percentages of operating revenue coming from service charges on domestic deposit accounts during the second quarter:
SNL Financial defines operating revenue as "total revenue minus securities gains minus nonrecurring revenue." Thrift holding companies are not included on the list, since they are not required to file with the Federal Reserve. Of course, customers who didn't sign-up for the overdraft protection by the deadline may change their minds later and they can opt-in for the protection at any time. Banks' marketing efforts to get their customers signed-up for the services will continue, and it is also worth considering that customers who were being charged for the overdraft protection already knew how much it was costing them. It's quite possible that over time, after a bump in the road during the second half of 2010, banks will resume building their deposit service fee revenue.
Total service charges on deposit accounts for the second quarter were $78.9 million, up 18%, from $66.8 million a year earlier. It's too early to say what effect the expiration of the Aug. 15 deadline requiring customers to "opt-in" on ATM and debit card overdraft protection will mean for TCF's bottom line, but the company said in its second-quarter 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that "approximately 50 percent of TCF's total impacted checking accounts have elected to opt-in as of June 30, 2010." That of course raises a few questions. Since June 30 was still 45 days before the deadline, what percentage of impacted checking accounts signed-up for the protection by August 15? What percentage of checking accounts made use of the overdraft fee protection during the second quarter? A call to TCF Financial seeking comment for this article was not returned. Credit Suisse analyst Craig Siegenthaler has a neutral rating on the shares, saying his firm remains "neutral on TCB as it generates 30% of revenues from fees charged on deposits and debit cards, and will also be impacted greater than peers by the Durbin amendment," which regulates interchange fees on transactions paid for with prepaid or debit cards. Siegenthaler also said that the monthly account maintenance fees TCF instituted in Marc led to a surprising improvement in fee revenue, contributing between $6 million and $7 million in revenue during the second quarter. But in the end, he expects TCF's total of deposit service charges, debit card revenue and ATM revenue will decline to $188 million for the second half of 2010, from $215 million in the first half.
Rabatin also said he was being "fairly conservative in lowering his 2011 earnings estimate for the company to $1.55 from $1.60 a share.