For the second consecutive quarter, a local bank is among the lowest rated in the state, according to ratings released this week.
Midlothian-based Village Bank is one of three banks in Virginia to receive the lowest possible rating for the second quarter from Bauer Financial, a Florida firm that every quarter rates all federally insured financial institutions. The other Virginia banks to receive zero stars were First State Bank in Danville and Millennium Bank in Sterling.
Bauer’s ratings are based on financial information such as capital levels, profits and non-performing assets. The agency uses a five-star ranking system.
Banks receiving four or five stars are considered “recommended” by Bauer. Those with two or fewer stars are considered troubled or problematic.
Village, a $524 million institution, has been battling losses related to high levels of problem loans and increased scrutiny from regulators. It fell into Bauer’s zero-star status in the first quarter of 2012.
Central Virginia Bank and Bank of Virginia, meanwhile, once again received two-star a “problematic” rating. That’s an improvement for the two banks that had been zero-star rated in recent quarters.
Virginia Community Bank in Louisa also received a two-star rating.
Petersburg-based Virginia Commonwealth continued to see positive momentum, according to the ratings. It earned a three-star “adequate” rating after having been rated “problematic” in previous quarters.
Only one local bank received a five-star “superior” rating: Bank of Southside Virginia.
Several others nipped at its heels with four stars, including Bank of McKenney, New Horizon Bank, Union First Market Bank, Xenith Bank and C&F Bank.
First Capital Bank, EVB and Essex bank received three-star “adequate” ratings.
Franklin Federal Savings Bank and Community Bankers Bank received 3½-star “good” ratings.
Among local credit unions, 11 received five stars from Bauer for the second quarter.
They include Argent Federal Credit Union, Hopewell Chemical FCU, Kraftsman FCU, Vantage Point FCU, Cadmus CU, Call FCU, Dominion CU, Nabisco Employees CU, New Generation FCU, RF&P Richmond FCU and Resources FCU.
A dozen others received four stars.
Chesterfield FCU fell from four stars to two between the first and second quarter. The Midlothian-based credit union’s members include employees of Chesterfield County and businesses in the county, members of various community groups within the county and students at the county’s schools. It has $80 million in assets.
And once again, locally based Life Line Credit Union remained the only credit union in the state with a zero-star rating. It has been at that level for at least two years.
The $8 million institution’s members include employees and volunteers of area medical organizations.
What about Monarch Bank out of VA Beach. Consistently rated 5 stars by Bauer