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Summary: Zions Bancorporation
Standard & Poors, April 2011
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Standard & Poor's Ratings Services' ratings on Zions Bancorporation reflect our view of the company's adequate capital ratios, high core net interest margin (NIM), and good liquidity. However, the ratings also reflect Zions' weak, but improving, loan performance, large net losses in recent years, and significant loan exposures to commercial real estate (CRE), a loan segment that we think could remain challenged in the near term. The company's CRE, and especially its construction, loan exposures have hurt its loan performance, in our opinion, but these exposures have declined materially in recent years. The company also has a significant exposure to illiquid collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), which we view negatively in our overall ratings assessment, even though the company has already...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Zions Bancorporation