NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 1, 2018--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases this month’s edition of Bank Talk: The After-Show, “Bank Mergers: After the Handshake.”

In this month’s edition, Ethan and Van discuss the latest trends and drivers of bank consolidation. Using FDIC summary statistics, Ethan shows how the majority of the consolidation wave in banks is concentrated in small community banks with assets under $100 million, while Van highlights both the positive, fundamental credit implications of bank consolidation and the potential pitfalls. Ethan and Van also look at the rising trend in deposit premia paid in recent acquisitions involving larger regional banks, which Ethan also connects to easing of regulations on such deals and higher interest rates. Finally, Ethan discusses how small community banks in the Midwest could be especially impacted by trade tensions that to date do not seem to have had any impact on their larger bank peers.

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CONTACT: Kroll Bond Rating Agency

Ethan Heisler, CFA, 516-359-0975

Senior Director


Van Hesser, 646-731-2305

Senior Managing Director



SOURCE: Kroll Bond Rating Agency

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