News Release 2005-36 | March 28, 2005

Comments Requested on Proposed Classification of Commercial Credit Exposures

Joint Release

Board Of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Office of Thrift Supervision

The federal bank and thrift regulatory agencies requested comment today on proposed changes to the supervisory framework for the classification of commercial credit exposures.

The proposed guidance would replace the current commercial loan classification system categories--"special mention," "substandard," and "doubtful"--with a two-dimensional framework. The two-dimensional rating system has one dimension that measures the risk of the borrower defaulting (borrower rating) and a second focused on the loss severity the institution would likely incur in the event of the borrower's default (facility rating). Facility ratings would be required only for those borrowers rated default, typically a very small proportion of all commercial exposures.

The proposed framework would increase consistency among the agencies in assessing the credit risk in an institution's commercial loan portfolio. It also more closely aligns the determination of a facility's accrual status with an institution's allowance for loan and lease loss methodology and rating assessment process.

Comments on the proposed guidance are requested by June 30, 2005. Specific information on how to file a comment is contained in the Federal Register notice.

The interagency Federal Register notice is attached.

Media Contacts:

FDICDavid Barr(202) 898-6992
Federal ReserveAndrew Williams(202) 452-2955
OCCKevin Mukri(202) 874-5770
OTSErin Hickman(303) 906-6677