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North Carolina Bank Foreclosure List Drives $110M Loss

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By : John Cutts    99 or more times read
A total of $110.45 million loss was posted by Raleigh, North Carolina-based lender RBC Bank for its second quarter results largely because of its bank foreclosure list, based on data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

In the second quarter last year, RBC Bank posted a profit of over $13 million. This year, the bank provided $202.5 million in reserves for bad loans, an almost 200-percent increase from the bank's bad loan reserves of only $53.5 million in the second quarter last year.

Aside from the increased reserves for bad loans, the bank also increased its net bad loan charge-offs from only $26 million in the second quarter last year to $113 million this year, representing a staggering 330 percent increase.

Out of the $113 million charge-offs, nearly $55 million represented residential loans used to purchase single family houses while $36.3 million represented loans provided to home builders and developers for their land development and construction projects. The rate of net charge-offs compared to total loans increased from 0.49 percent in the second quarter last year to 2.l2 percent this year.

Non-current loans, which refer to loans delinquent by over three months, increased from $237.6 million in the second quarter last year to $1.1 billion in the same quarter this year.

For the first 6 months of this year, net charge-offs posted by RBC Bank reached $255 million, representing a substantial rise from the $75.2 million net charge-offs in the first 6 months of 2008.

According to RBC Bank chief executive Scott Custer and his top officers, the current loan and asset quality problems of the bank are largely caused by the operations of its Houston-based lending company RBC Builder Finance. This unit made huge land development and construction loans in nearly 20 states, including Georgia, Florida, California and other states battered by residential and commercial delinquencies and foreclosures.

Florida and California accounted for nearly 46 percent of all default and foreclosure filings in the U.S. in July. Georgia, meanwhile, was seventh in a ranking of state foreclosure rates in July.

Nonetheless, RBC Bank may received much needed help from its parent firm, the Royal Bank of Canada, which has released its income statements this week and showed that it increased its net income by 24 percent, surpassing predictions by financial analysts. With the Royal Bank's strong performance, Canadian bank analysts have called on the parent company to take corrective actions at RBC Bank.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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