Kroll Bond Rating Agency Assigns BBB/K3 Senior Long-Term & Short-Term Debt Ratings to Fidelity Southern Corporation

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) has assigned a senior unsecured long-term rating of BBB and a short-term debt rating of K3 to Fidelity Southern Corporation (NASDAQ: LION) (“Fidelity” or “the Company”), a bank holding company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, KBRA has assigned a senior deposit rating of BBB+, a subordinated rating of BBB, and a short-term rating of K2 to the subsidiary bank, Fidelity Bank (“the Bank”). The outlook on all ratings is stable.

The ratings are supported by Fidelity Southern Corporation’s seasoned management team, solid origination and servicing expertise in mortgage banking and indirect auto lending, strong credit culture, well diversified revenue sources, and excellent funding mix. These factors are counterbalanced by Fidelity’s comparatively high level of nonperforming assets, relatively lower tangible equity ratio, and comparatively weak efficiency.

The ratings are based on KBRA’s Global Bank and Bank Holding Company Rating Methodology, published on January 28, 2015.

To view the report, please use the following link: www.krollbondratings.com/show_report/2264.

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Contacts

Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Analytical:
Isabelle Nana, 240-394-4153
Associate
inana@kbra.com
or
Joe Scott, 646-731-2438
Senior Director
jscott@kbra.com
or
Christopher Whalen, 646-731-2366
Senior Managing Director
cwhalen@kbra.com
or
Marjan Riggi, 646-731-2354
Managing Director
mriggi@kbra.com

Contacts

Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Analytical:
Isabelle Nana, 240-394-4153
Associate
inana@kbra.com
or
Joe Scott, 646-731-2438
Senior Director
jscott@kbra.com
or
Christopher Whalen, 646-731-2366
Senior Managing Director
cwhalen@kbra.com
or
Marjan Riggi, 646-731-2354
Managing Director
mriggi@kbra.com