FDIC reports Fewer Problem banks, Total REO Declines in Q3

The FDIC released the Quarterly Banking Profile for Q3 today.

"Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported aggregate net income of $37.6 billion in the third quarter of 2012, a $2.3 billion (6.6 percent) improvement from the $35.2 billion in profits the industry reported in the third quarter of 2011. This is the 13th consecutive quarter that earnings have registered a year-over-year increase. Increased noninterest income and lower provisions for loan losses accounted for most of the year-over-year improvement in earnings."

The FDIC reported the number of problem banks declined:

"Also noteworthy was a decline in the number of banks on the FDIC's "Problem List" from 732 to 694. This marked the sixth consecutive quarter that the number of "problem" banks has fallen, and the first time in three years that there have been fewer than 700 banks on the list. Total assets of "problem" institutions declined from $282 billion to $262 billion"
FDIC Insured Institution REO Click on graph for larger image.

The dollar value of Real Estate Owned (REOs, foreclosure houses) declined from $9.5 billion in Q2 to $8.8 billion in Q3. This is the lowest level of REOs since Q1 2008. Even in good times, the FDIC insured institutions have about $2.5 billion in residential REO.

This graph shows the dollar value of Residential REO for FDIC insured institutions. Note: The FDIC reports the dollar value and not the total number of REOs.

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