Driven by a Need for Scale, Banks Focus on Balance Sheet Growth in an Improved M&A Climate, Bank Director Survey Finds

FORTY-SIX PERCENT OF BANK EXECUTIVES AND DIRECTORS ALSO EXPRESS CONCERNS OVER LOAN QUALITY WITHIN THE INDUSTRY.

Nov 16, 2015, 15:00 ET from Bank Director

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Is the pressure on for small banks to get bigger? Sixty-seven percent of executives and board members responding to Bank Director's 2016 Bank M&A Survey see a need to gain more scale to survive in a highly competitive industry. Sixty-two percent of these respondents also see a more favorable climate for bank deals, hinting at a more active market for 2016.

Bank leaders also hint at a potential dark cloud. Forty-six percent of respondents say they're beginning to see a deterioration in loan underwriting standards within the industry that could lead to future credit quality issues.

The 2016 Bank M&A Survey, sponsored by Crowe Horwath LLP, examines current attitudes and challenges regarding bank M&A, and what drives banks to buy and sell. The survey was completed in September 2015 by 260 chief executive officers, independent directors and senior executives of U.S. banks, and former executives and directors of banks that have been acquired from 2012-2015.

Full survey results are available online at BankDirector.com.

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