NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns a senior unsecured debt rating of BBB+, subordinated debt rating of BBB, and short-term debt rating of K2 to Jasper, Indiana based German American Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: GABC). In addition, KBRA assigns deposit and senior unsecured debt ratings of A-, a subordinated debt rating of BBB+, and short-term deposit and debt ratings of K2 to its subsidiary, German American Bank. The Outlook for all long-term ratings is Stable.
GABC has comparatively favorable ratings for a bank of its size reflecting its consistently above-average earnings metrics, relatively diverse revenue mix, low-cost core deposit base, credit-focused management team and ongoing capital strength. GABC has established a commendable track record of sound asset quality, even during the financial crisis. Capital management has remained conservative, with a TCE ratio generally tracking above 9%. GABC’s growth strategy is mainly centered around organic growth supplemented by relatively small-scale mergers in key secondary/tertiary markets in which management believes GABC can gain a solid deposit market share. Although KBRA views this as a relatively conservative acquisition strategy, moderate ongoing integration risks constrain the ratings as well as a more condensed geographic footprint compared to larger peers.
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The ratings are based on KBRA’s Global Bank and Bank Holding Company Rating Methodology published on February 19, 2016.
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