Banks' ROEs to decline due to higher FDIC rates: Friedman
March 16 (Reuters) - Banks' return on equity levels will be pressured in 2009 due to an increase in the fees the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp charges banks to replenish the government's deposit-insurance fund, Friedman Billings Ramsey said.
"We believe stocks that have both a premium valuation and are likely to experience the most pressure to return on equity (ROE) will be the ones to experience the largest hit to valuation as a result of rising FDIC rates," analyst James Abbott said.
PNC Financial Services Group Inc (PNC.N: Cotización), Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N: Cotización), U.S. Bancorp (USB.N: Cotización), Bank of America Corp (BAC.N: Cotización) and M&T Bank Corp (MTB.N: Cotización) appear to be at the most risk, Abbott said.
On Feb. 27, the FDIC approved a package of measures aimed at raising as much as $27 billion this year in assessment revenues, including $15 billion from a one-time fee of 20 basis points (bps) in the third quarter. [nN27340481]
"Depending on whether industry pressures lead to a decrease in the special assessment to 10 bps, we expect consensus 2009 ROE will decline between 60 bps and 150 bps from current levels, further restraining and/or pressuring stock valuations in 2009," Abbott said. (Reporting by Archana Shankar in Bangalore; Editing by Anne Pallivathuckal)
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