Outlook for Regional Banks

Apollo Chief Economist

Bank credit conditions are tightening, and the negative impact on the economy from the ongoing banking crisis is going to be significant because small banks account for 30% of assets in the banking sector and 40% of lending, and small banks are facing three headwinds from 1) higher funding costs, 2) lower asset prices because of higher interest rates, and 3) more regulatory scrutiny. Our banking sector outlook is available here, key charts inserted below.

Less than 1% of bank accounts have a balance higher than $250k
Source: FDIC, Haver Analytics, Apollo Chief Economist
40% of small firms have applied for financing in the past 12 months
Source: Small Business Credit Survey, Federal Reserve, Apollo Chief Economist. Note: 2022 survey, prior to 12 months of survey year
Banks are the most important source of financing for small businesses
Source: 2021 Annual Business Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, Apollo Chief Economist
Purpose of seeking financing for small businesses
Source: Small Business Credit Survey, Federal Reserve, Apollo Chief Economist. Note: 2022 survey, prior to 12 months of survey year
The share of bank deposits paying zero interest rate is declining
Source: FDIC, Apollo Chief Economist
Small banks lend to small businesses
Source: FDIC, Apollo Chief Economist. Data as of Q3 2022
Where are the problems in CRE?
Source: Bloomberg, Apollo Chief Economist
Small banks account for almost 70% of all commercial real estate loads outstanding
Source: Federal Reserve Board, Haver Analytics, Apollo Chief Economist
Loan growth expected to fall
Source: NFIB, FRB, Bloomberg, Apollo Chief Economist

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