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Arkansas State Bank Department

The mission of ASBD is to maintain a legal and regulatory structure for Arkansas's financial industry. This structure provides the public with convenient, safe and competitive banking, which fosters economic development within this State. Our mission is accomplished through efficient allocation of available human and other resources existing in our Examination, Information Technology and Administrative Services Divisions.

Coronavirus Contingency Plan - UPDATE 4/7/2020

Apr 7th, 2020

DATE: April 7, 2020
 
TO: Chief Executive Officer
 
FROM: Candace Franks, Bank Commissioner
 
SUBJECT: Coronavirus Contingency Plans – UPDATE – April 7, 2020
 
Today, the federal financial institution regulatory agencies (the agencies), in consultation with state financial regulators, issued a revised interagency statement encouraging financial institutions to work constructively with borrowers affected by COVID-19 and providing additional information regarding loan modifications. The revised statement also provides the agencies’ views on consumer protection considerations.  
 
The revised statement clarifies the interaction between the interagency statement issued on March 22, 2020, and the temporary relief provided by Section 4013 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Section 4013 allows financial institutions to suspend the requirements to classify certain loan modifications as troubled debt restructurings (TDRs). The revised statement also provides supervisory interpretations on past due and nonaccrual regulatory reporting of loan modification programs and regulatory capital.
The agencies encourage financial institutions to work with borrowers and will not criticize institutions for doing so in a safe-and-sound manner. The agencies view prudent loan modification programs offered to financial institution customers affected by COVID-19 as positive and proactive actions that can manage or mitigate adverse impacts on borrowers, and lead to improved loan performance and reduced credit risk.  The link is provided here:
 
 
 
Once again, I want to thank each of you for your timely communication to our office.  I know you and your teams are working tirelessly to assist your customers and consumers in many ways and trying to stay informed of all recent changes and updates in guidance.  If we can be of any assistance to you and your institution, please do not hesitate to contact us at 501-324-9019.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Candace A. Franks
Bank Commissioner

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The State Bank Department was created by Act 113 of 1913. The Department is charged with regulating commercial banks with main offices in Arkansas. These 76 banks hold assets of over $112.6 billion as of March 31, 2020. The Department also is charged with supervising the bank holding companies of Arkansas state-chartered banks; state-chartered trust companies; regional and county industrial development corporations; industrial loan institutions; and capital development companies. The Department operates to ensure the safety and soundness of, and public confidence in, these institutions and organizations.


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