Q: § __.26(d) −1: How can a small institution that is not an intermediate small institution achieve an “outstanding” performance rating?
A: A small institution that is not an intermediate small institution that meets each of the standards in the lending test for a “satisfactory” rating and exceeds some or all of those standards may warrant an “outstanding” performance rating. In assessing performance at the “outstanding” level, the Agencies consider the extent to which the institution exceeds each of the performance standards and, at the institution’s option, its performance in making qualified investments and providing services that enhance credit availability in its assessment area(s). In some cases, a small institution may qualify for an “outstanding” performance rating solely on the basis of its lending activities, but only if its performance materially exceeds the standards for a “satisfactory” rating, particularly with respect to the penetration of borrowers at all income levels and the dispersion of loans throughout the geographies in its assessment area(s) that display income variation. An institution with a high loan-to-deposit ratio and a high percentage of loans in its assessment area(s), but with only a reasonable penetration of borrowers at all income levels or a reasonable dispersion of loans throughout geographies of differing income levels in its assessment area(s), generally will not be rated “outstanding” based only on its lending performance. However, the institution’s performance in making qualified investments and its performance in providing branches and other services and delivery systems that enhance credit availability in its assessment area(s) may augment the institution’s satisfactory rating to the extent that it may be rated “outstanding.”
This Interagency Q&A, and others, was released in July 2016.
The 2016 Q&As consolidates and supersedes all previously published “Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment,” and were noted as being effective immediately. They may be found here: http://www.ffiec.gov/cra/qnadoc.htm