The GSB Online Seminar Series

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Presenter: Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting & Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: April 19, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Central Time Recording available through: July 19, 2022 Price: $330 With intense competition to capture loans, now more than ever it is important to have a strategic approach to loan pricing.  This includes adequately covering your bank's costs and meeting profit objectives.  It also includes differentiating loan interest rates to reflect relative risk, plus knowing that you CAN win the borrower's business on a basis other than the lowest price.  So, improving your banks loan pricing and profitability has three key steps: Understanding how your bank’s financial structure and performance creates advantages and disadvantages.  It all starts with the loan-to-deposit ratio, then extends to the various metrics that drive calculating the profitability of loans, in terms of return on equity (ROE). Knowing these key variables, the next element is scouting the competition. Uncertain times bring confusion to a competitive market.  We’ll cover several ways to do this.  No more complaining that the competition did something foolish, because usually they did not. Sharpening your bidding skills comes next.  Most pricing situations effectively are bid situations, whether you know it or not.  We’ll cover several strategies to use.  Topics to be covered include: The key variables that determine loan profitability, plus a simple calculation example Using each variable to uncover possible advantages and disadvantages your bank may encounter with your competitors Understanding that it is not a “level playing field” when you compare to non-bank competitors Obtaining premiums (yes, you can) Options, options, options are your friend Being proactive Keeping the economic cycle in mind Target Audience:  Credit analysts, portfolio managers, assistant relationship managers, community bankers, small business lenders, commercial lenders, consumer lenders, branch managers that lend to business owners, private bankers, special assets officers, loan review specialists and others involved in business and commercial lending Read More

Presenter: Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting & Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: Pre-Recorded Recording available through: July 12, 2022 Price: $330 Do you know the difference between an affirmative covenant and a negative covenant?  What is the concept of constructive forbearance?  Commercial lenders actively use loan agreements in almost all lending situations, ever since digital document systems eliminated the time-consuming effort to create loan document from scratch of from manual templates.  Unfortunately, this automation has led to less understanding of the content of loan agreements and the “art” of crafting financial covenants. This program covers the basics of loan agreements, starting with the typical structure of the document and the roles of financial and non-financial covenants (some covenants achieve more than one objective).  Together with carful loan structuring, a properly crafted loan agreement better matches the customer’s needs and contributes to the efficiency of the lender’s portfolio. This seminar provides bankers with a working knowledge of the basic principles of loan agreements, including: Understanding the primary sections and goals of a loan agreement Identifying the objectives of loan covenants and how some covenants achieve more than one objective Digging deeper into events of default and remedies and how they determine your possible courses of action when problems arise Reviewing practical tips for setting covenants, such as aligning them with key risks identified in the credit Identifying some commonly negotiated areas and related positions/options for the bank Target Audience:  Small business lenders, private bankers, commercial lenders, credit analysts, loan review specialists, lending managers and credit officers involved in C&I loans Read More

Presenter: Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting & Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: Pre-Recorded Recording available through: August 10, 2022 Price: $330 The 2008-2009 downturn in commercial real estate (CRE) exposed many weaknesses in bank construction lending practices.  This was due, in part, to banks attempting to utilize versions of their residential forms and policies to administer commercial construction loans. Such an approach generally does not adequately control the situation due to many important differences between residential and commercial projects.  This program covers the important steps involved in effectively administering commercial construction loans, including common errors to avoid.  Topics to be covered: Differences between residential and commercial construction loans Factors to consider in gauging the level of risk involved in the project/loan Key issues with construction contracts, budgets and the interest reserve items that determine how you handle a specific loan The level of construction risk The type of commercial construction situations (new construction, repair/renovation, etc.) The loan approval and related conditions or contingencies The commitment letter or term sheet written to the customer Your bank’s policies and procedures The construction loan agreement Adjustments as the project unfolds Tips for other documentation: Surveys, title insurance and bonding Funding controls: Inspections, lien waivers and disbursement methods Completion of the project and stabilization (if applicable) Target Audience: Commercial lenders, credit analysts and support staff that deal directly with commercial construction loans; mortgage bankers, private bankers, small business lenders, loan review specialists, special assets officers, lending managers and credit officers indirectly involved in the construction lending process Read More

Presenter: Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting & Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: May 17, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Central Time Recording available through: August 17, 2022 Price: $330 The 2008-2009 downturn in commercial real estate (CRE) exposed many weaknesses in bank construction lending practices.  Since that time, residential construction lending continues to expand slowly, along with the economy, with remodeling maintaining a large share of projects.  Into 2020, housing starts have increased, yet construction firms report labor shortages in many skill categories.  This program provides an overview of the major issues involved in consumer or residential construction lending, primarily to individuals having a home built or remodeled.  Topics to be covered include: What is construction risk and how is it mitigated? Differences between residential and commercial construction loans What additional due diligence is needed, beyond a conventional mortgage application and underwriting? Full construction vs. repair/remodel Construction contract and cost estimate issues (Description of Materials form) Contractor credentials and qualifications Plans and drawings Survey Title insurance Appraisal issues Loan pricing and structuring Typical interest rate and fees Construction loan agreements Issues with draws and inspections, including cost over-runs and lien priority How is the construction loan going to end (get repaid)? Target Audience:  Consumer lenders, mortgage bankers, private bankers, small business lenders, commercial lenders, credit analysts, loan review specialists, special assets officers, lending managers and credit officers involved in the consumer lending process.  Also intended for support personnel involved in the administration of residential construction loans. Read More

Presenter: Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting & Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: Pre-recorded Recording available through: August 3, 2022 Price: $330 Construction loans for commercial real estate (CRE) remain a major part of commercial bank lending.  This program provides an overview of the key issues involved in analyzing and underwriting commercial construction loans and assessing the risk involved. In a sense, the underwriting is a mix of (a) CRE project viability, (b) sponsor analysis and (c) construction feasibility.  Further, the underwriting is difficult due to several unknowns.  First, usually there is no historical operating information.  Second, the developer/sponsor may have a number of other projects under construction or in the pipeline.  Third, many property types do not get significant pre-leasing prior to or during construction.  Finally, the developer may not have selected or engaged a contractor, or other key steps in the construction process may not have been finalized prior to bank underwriting. Topics to be covered: Understanding the type of project (full construction vs. repair/remodel/repurpose) The three major areas of risk to the developer when constructing an investment property Determining project feasibility and cash flow sustainability Engaging a third-party market feasibility report Working from developer projections or market data Issues with pre-leasing (or lack of preleasing) and your bank’s appetite for speculative (spec) risk Re-lease and rollover risk into the future Key steps in analyzing the developer/sponsor’s experience and financial condition and key information needed beyond tax returns Assessing the construction risk Special issues with owner-occupied loans Identifying the degree of risk and communicating appropriate levels of monitoring and controls to the administrative team, over and above the basic processes used to assure that the project is within budget, on time and proceeding per the plans and specifications Target Audience:  Commercial lenders, credit analysts and support staff that deal directly with commercial construction loans; mortgage bankers, private bankers, small business lenders, loan review specialists, special assets officers, lending managers and credit officers indirectly involved in the construction lending process Read More

Presenter: Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting & Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: April 5, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Central Time Recording available through: July 5, 2022 Price: $330 Determining recurring and sustainable income and cash flow are the important first step in consumer lending.  Equally important are the applicant’s credit history and the collateral that will serve as a secondary source of repayment.  This seminar is a practical guide to credit bureau reports, issues with collateral, and a brief overview of the regulatory, compliance and fair lending environment.  Because of the automated nature of much consumer lending, we’ll focus on recognizing exceptions to established policies and practices, and how to properly mitigate these risks, plus when it makes sense to ask for a policy waiver. This program will address: Myths and realities of credit bureau reports Getting beyond weak excuses applicants give you for items of poor credit history Regulatory publications that consumers can use to improve their credit Framework for dealing with applicants with prior poor credit, even bankruptcy Credit policy exceptions are serious business, and your reasons for granting an exception are equally serious Overview of basic consume collateral Other factors that can mitigate risks in the “big three” of debt-to-income, loan-to-value and credit history Overview of the regulatory, compliance and fair lending environment Target Audience: Branch managers, consumer lenders, mortgage bankers, private bankers, small business lenders, credit analysts, loan review specialists, consumer lending managers and credit officers Read More

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