FAB&T is headquartered in Jacksonville and is the 18st largest bank in the state of Arkansas. It is also the 1,046th largest bank in the nation. It was established in 1949 and as of September of 2013, it had grown to 246 employees at 22 locations. FAB&T's savings rates are 46% higher than the national average, and it has a A health rating.
I had an account here for about 2 years. I had problems from day one with their sign up process. You see, I placed my name first and my wife's name second on our joint account, so when I linked our joint account from a credit union that had my wife's name listed first, Arkansas Bank rejected the link. I was told it was because it was done by computer and the computer did not identify the names as the same. This forced me to redo all my online signup information and I had to make sure and sign in on both accounts each month to receive my bonus interest rate.
When they changed their security system, as reference by a previous post, we were not actively involved, but my mother was and she also received the gift card for inconveniences. We did not receive said gift card. When my mother failed to receive her bonus interest rate despite fulfilling all requirements, she called. They said she had not signed up for e-statements. When she pointed out that she signed up for that long ago and had received her bonus interest for several months to prove it, then they mentioned that "some" people's accounts had reset their e-statement settings, and that they would fix it for her. We had to wonder about all those who didn't happen to notice their funds were short that month, the next month, and so on. $25 was nowhere near what they would have owed her had she not called to get it corrected.
Finally, because we had found better rates at other banks we found ourselves having not used our account for 17 months, but having signed in online many times since then (even changing our security information to comply with their upgrade), I noticed $30 missing from my account. I called and was told in my original documentation I could find a $5 dormancy fee is charged to all accounts considered "inactive" for 12 months. The definition of "inactive" was not given, but apparently activity did not include any online activity. It had to be actual transactions. Not to mention the fact I was charged for 6 months of inactivity when they told me themselves that I had been inactive for only 17 months.
To the credit of one particular employee who really went to bat for me, they did refund the $30. However, I requested in writing that they either refund my $30 and we would be sure to keep it active, or transfer/send me my current balance plus the $30 refunded and close my account. They chose to close my account and sent me a check for the balance plus $30 less a $5 fee for the cashier's check they mailed to me. Net-net, I still lost $5.
My biggest problem with this bank was their lack of communication. Never once did I receive any notice that I was going to be assessed a fee. Not when my account went "dormant," not when they issued the cashier's check, nothing. In fact, other than the mass emails sent out for spam alerts, site maintenance, etc., I never received any personal communication from them except an email saying my online account was going to be dropped if I did not sign in soon. Funny, that particular oversight of mine would not have cost me one penny. You would think if they could find the time to send an email about that, they could send you an email for infractions that would ultimately cost you a fee. I guess that shows the integrity of First Arkansas Bank and Trust.
First Arkansas Bank and Trust is great banking without a doubt. I have had no problems with them whatsoever. Recently, I even recieved a $25 Paid Visa card from them in the mail! It was for "any inconviences which might have happened" when they switched over to a new system for their website which DID NOT in fact give me any inconviences at all. For me, it was a smooth transition. So it was nice to know a little token of appreciation for their customer's concerns was an important factor to them is highly regarded. I definitely would recommend this bank.
I believe the only negative is the unavailibility to open an account if you are not local. I'm glad I had the chance when I first opened this account before all banks started to do the "local" thing and hopefully that will change soon.
First, thier application process: Pretty tough. I got rejected (maybe due to too many Chexsystem inquiries). My wife's application got approved... the sweet (4.4%, $50K) RCA deal at that time; with 4-5 starter free checks.
Second, the debit transaction requirements: pretty tough. They approciate if the customers will support them with understanding, preferrably at least $10 for their ten debit transaction requirement. However, they, in turn, understand the customer will buy coffee or quick lunch, thus 1-2 small purchases are forgiven.
Third, thier website is the best I have ever experienced. Rapid turn-around for debit transactions, nice category for purchases for accounting purposes, Great BillPay feature, one of the best!
Fourth, once in a while (at least twice), they keep the customers alert and nervous by monthly errors, mainly in counting number of debit transactions.
Fifth, they followed the standard RCA pattern: Limit to local (from national), then cut rate (from 4.4% APY to 3.5% in a single giant step) and limit (from $50K to $35K) as a follow-up.
We bailed out and closed the account right after the rate-drop announcement last october. 3.5% is a bit too much to take! Not clear whether they still insist the $10 lower limit for debit transactions with the unattractive 3.5% APY.
My "two-stars" rating highlights the fact that customers (like myself) usually prefer high and steady interest rate over other nice attributes (e.g., nice website, nice customer service).
The Texas Ratio is an indicator of how much funds a bank has available compared to the total value of loans considered at risk. As of September 30, 2013 FAB&T had $9.56 million in non-current loans and owned real-estate with $131.57 million in equity and loan loss allowances on hand to cover it. This gives FAB&T a Texas Ratio of 7.27% which is excellent. Any bank with a Texas Ratio near or greater than 100% is considered at risk.
The Texas Ratio for FAB&T decreased slightly from 8.62% as of September 30, 2012 to 7.27% as of September 30, 2013, resulting in a positive change of 15.70%.This indicates that the balance sheet and financial strength for FAB&T has improved slightly in recent periods.
In the past year, FAB&T has decreased its total deposits by -$6.07 million, resulting in -1.17% growth for the year. A strong track record of growth is an indicator of consumer confidence and the bank's ability to strengthen its balance sheet. The growth FAB&T has shown is average.
Both FDIC and NCUA consider capitalization levels of banks and credit unions to be of high importance. Higher capitalization allows for a greater buffer when cover loans that may fail in the future. FAB&T has $644.04 million in assets with $131.57 million in equity, resulting in a capitalization level of 20.43%, which is excellent.
|FDIC Certificate #||16849|
|Assets and Liabilities|
|Equity Capital||$118.99 million|
|Loan Loss Allowance||$12.58 million|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||$8.46 million|
|Real Estate Owned||$1.11 million|
|Historic Data - September 2012|
|Equity Capital||$118.95 million|
|Loan Loss Allowance||$7.61 million|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||$8.46 million|
|Real Estate Owned||$1.99 million|
|Profit Margin - Quarterly|
|Net Interest Margin||5.22%|
|Return on Assets||2.13%|
|Return on Equity||11.61%|
|Interest Income||$24.32 million|
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