KBRA Assigns Ratings to FB Financial Corporation

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns a senior unsecured debt rating of BBB, a subordinated debt rating of BBB-, and a short-term debt rating of K3 to Nashville, TN based FB Financial Corporation (NYSE: FBK) (“FB Financial” or “the company”). In addition, KBRA assigns deposit and senior unsecured debt ratings of BBB+, a subordinated debt rating of BBB, and short-term deposit and debt ratings of K2 to its subsidiary, FirstBank. The Outlook for all long-term ratings is Stable.

The ratings are supported by FBK’s solid earnings profile – recent core ROA in a 1.4%-1.5% range, prior to COVID-19 – with a considerable noninterest income contribution (+30% of revenue), driven mostly by a mortgage business of scale. A conservative approach to capital management following its IPO in 2016, which has driven a TCE measure that recently tracked at +9%, is also additive to the ratings. FBK’s funding profile is viewed favorably, reinforced by an attractive deposit franchise that is characterized by a blend of customers in high growth metropolitan markets and smaller communities, the latter aiding the maintenance of digestible deposit costs. Further, FBK has ample available liquidity and noncore funding utilization is judicious. The ratings are also supported by a defensible position in key operating markets, including the sixth largest deposit market share in TN. While somewhat concentrated in Southeastern markets relative to larger regional peers, FBK’s footprint, incorporating select higher growth as well as smaller operating markets, offers reasonable business diversification. Furthermore, the granularity and diversification of loans by category and industry also benefit FBK’s credit profile. While 27% of loans HFI are to industries vulnerable to COVID-19, FBK’s strong earnings and capital profiles support its ability to withstand the challenging environment. Given FBK’s M&A appetite, KBRA notes the inherent risks associated with potential future acquisitions, though also acknowledges that previous transactions have been strategically sound and well executed.

KBRA continues to monitor the potential direct and indirect effects of the coronavirus on the banking and other sectors. Please refer to our publication U.S. Bank 1Q 2020 Ratings Compendium for our latest thoughts.

The ratings are based on KBRA’s Bank & Bank Holding Company Global Rating Methodology published on October 16, 2019.

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Contacts

Analytical Contacts
Leah Hallfors, Director (Lead Analyst)
+1 (301) 969-3242
lhallfors@kbra.com

Ian Jaffe, Managing Director
+1 (646) 731-3302
ijaffe@kbra.com

Joe Scott, Managing Director (Rating Committee Chair)
+1 (646) 731-2438
jscott@kbra.com

Business Development Contact
Nish Kumar, Senior Director
+1 (646) 731-3372
nkumar@kbra.com