The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SIVB) led to a reassessment of liquidity and contagion risks across the banking industry. Regional banks have borne the brunt of the subsequent market sell-off. Month-to-date, regional bank stocks are down by 28%, versus 0% for the S&P 500. This report introduces a screen to help both equity and fixed income investors navigate the current volatility in the banking industry. The screen identifies regional banks with unfavorable exposures to three fundamental and sentiment indicators:
- Liquidity: The ratio of the fair value of held-to-maturity (HTM) securities to the carrying value of the HTM portfolio. This metric is an indication of losses a bank may incur if forced to liquidate its HTM portfolio to cover customer deposit withdrawals.
- Management Sentiment: Earnings calls not only provide context for current financial results, but also contain forward-looking information. For example, SIVB’s executives discussed the future direction of deposit outflows and the bank’s strategy for its available-for-sale and HTM portfolio during its Q4 2022 earnings call.
- Investor Sentiment: The securities lending market provides an opportunity for investors to express how pessimistic they are about the future prospect of a company.
Figure 1: Stock Tickers of U.S. Regional Banks with the Worst Readings across Liquidity, Management Sentiment, and Investor Sentiment Indicators
Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence Quantamental Research. Data as at 03/16/2023.
Liquidity data based on 2022 Q4 financials.
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 The bank index used for this analysis is the Dow Jones U.S. Select Regional Banks Index. Data as at 3/21/2023
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