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Stress Test

CEIS Review has been an important part of Enterprise Bank’s commercial lending review function since 2010 when the Bank made the decision to move its third party review services from the firm that we’d used since the Bank’s inception in 1989 to CEIS Review after a thorough search of area firms providing such services. From the very beginning, Enterprise has been impressed with the experience and professionalism of all of the people at CEIS that we’ve come in contact with. Reviews here are conducted on a timely basis twice a year by review staff that offers large or regional bank commercial lending or loan review experience. The level of staff expertise has proven to be helpful on many occasions as Enterprise Bank continues to grow its portfolio and moves into other types of loans. As an example, Enterprise recently booked its first highly leveraged loan transaction. CEIS provided appropriate feedback and copies of recent regulatory guidance on such transactions to be sure that this new type of loan is being properly underwritten and monitored. We consider CEIS Review to be a valued partner in the Bank’s growth and in monitoring that portfolio credit quality is maintained.

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Credit Director & Senior Vice President

“Top Down” Capital Adequacy Assessment

Independent Loan Review

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The “Top Down” whole approach to portfolio stress testing is sometimes the appropriate starting point in determining if further analysis is needed.  To illustrate this, a quote from an OCC’s Supervisory Guidance Release entitled “Community Bank Stress Testing” released 10/18/12:

“For most community banks, a simple stressed loss-rate analysis based on call report categories may provide an acceptable foundation to determine if additional analysis is necessary.”

As with CEIS’ other services, our detailed and transparent analysis is the foundation of the engagement. With portfolio stress testing, we will segment the portfolio into pools with similar loss characteristics, develop “stressed” loss rates for each segment, calculate stress period loss amounts (minimum 2 year timeframe), estimate the earnings impact, and apply the earnings impact to Tier 1 Capital with both pre- and post-stress capital ratios.

CEIS Review has performed over ~250 stress tests for commercial Banks across the U.S. over the course of a decade. CEIS’ stress testing engagements cover either solely the CRE segment or the entire commercial portfolio, depending on the client’s preference. Our stress testing format is designed to comply with all OCC and FDIC guidelines while incorporating all industry best practices.


The top-down approach evaluates the impact of shocks to Macro-economic variables on a bank’s balance sheet or income statement categories. It assists Banks in determining whether the bank has enough capital to survive economically stressful conditions. This approach is based on the FRB’s Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review. Banks identify the potential Macro Risks for stress or use the FRB scenarios provided to the CCAR banks annually.

Additional Benefits

While most Banks understand the purpose of stress test analysis, there are still a handful of institutions that are hesitant to adopt stress testing practices as an integral part of their business management. Stress Testing is not to be seen as an overhead function or simply a regulatory compulsion. Adopting stress testing can aid a Banks regular business decisioning in areas that include pricing, identification of portfolio weakness, and capital requirements at a macro and micro level.

CEIS’ experience has shown that the sourcing of highquality data is, and remains, a key challenge for many Institutions. Even a comprehensive and well-designed stress testing model will fail to produce reliable results if the data inputs are inconsistent. As many of CEIS Stress testing clients are also Loan Review clients, much of the data can be sourced directly from these validated sources and further put through multiple error identification processes to insure only accurate data is processed. Non-Loan Review client’s data sets go through rigorous testing before being used in any stress testing functions, as even good stress testing programs will produce unreliable outcomes if the data is not accurate.

Why CEIS? We provide professional consulting services to bankers by bankers.

Our commitment is to commercial banks, savings banks, credit unions, foreign branches and agencies, multinational organizations and other firms requiring a third-party assessment of loan portfolio quality and process.

Our commitment to excellence includes delivering clear and concise reporting, utilizing cutting edge credit and portfolio management techniques, maintaining an objective viewpoint, providing adequate flexibility to client’s needs and consistently staying ahead of emerging industry and regulatory matters.

Our experienced staff will work directly with the bank during every phase of the process to insure not only the accuracy of the outcomes but to insure that bank management understands the process and can convey this as their own.

Contact Us today to learn more about out “Top Down” stress testing program.