Lake City Bank is headquartered in Warsaw and is the 4th largest bank in the state of Indiana. It is also the 246th largest bank in the nation. It was established in 1872 and as of December of 2013, it had grown to 497 employees at 47 locations. Lake City Bank has a A health rating.
The bank's website says accounts are limited to people in certain counties but adds that "Lake City Bank reserves the right to make exceptions to this policy based on the individual applicant's situation."
I went to the branch in South Bend and explained my situation--I am planning a move back to South Bend over the period of the next year or so and want a local bank as I make the frequent trips necessary. The young lady called her superiors and was assured that the Bank was willing to make this exception.
I spent the next 90 minutes patiently waiting for the interminable process that this Bank goes through to produce reams of unnecessary paper. While I went through this, I wondered how the Bank can make any money, given its archaic technology. Nevertheless, the account was finally opened, and I left with a fistful of paper and some starter checks. I thought all was well.
Two days later, I received a phone call telling me the account had been closed and a check was in the mail. I expressed my surprise and asked for an explanation. The lady said that "upper management" had instructed her to close the account because it was out of their service area. I asked her to have someone from "upper management" call me, and she seemed taken aback. She said she would try, but, of course, no one ever called. And the exception language on the website hasn't changed.
So if you think "customer service" is important, think of another bank.
(It gets one star only because that's a requirement.)
I live in Indiana, but not in the bank's service area. Even though I was not living close to their service area I was able to open a rewards checking account in March 2011. A telephone call asking about my eligibility living in another Indiana location yielded a positive response. A mailed paper application, followed by an ACH deposit opened the account. The initial interest rate was 3.04%, but was lowered to 2.51% in Sept. 2011.
Service and communication has been excellent.
I opened up a rewards checking account, with the current 3.51% APY paid on the portion of the balance below $50,000. The account was easy to open up, plus I can open up a corresponding companion Rewards Savings account that now pays 1.51% APY on the entire balance. That beats many savings plans, or money market account rates.
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 December 31, 2013 Lake City Bank had $24.41 million in non-current loans and owned real-estate with $391.49 million in equity and loan loss allowances on hand to cover it. This gives Lake City Bank a Texas Ratio of 6.24% which is excellent. Any bank with a Texas Ratio near or greater than 100% is considered at risk.
The Texas Ratio for Lake City Bank decreased slightly from 8.48% as of December 31, 2012 to 6.24% as of December 31, 2013, resulting in a positive change of 26.48%.This indicates that the balance sheet and financial strength for Lake City Bank has improved slightly in recent periods.
In the past year, Lake City Bank has decreased its total deposits by -$36.02 million, resulting in -1.39% 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 Lake City Bank 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. Lake City Bank has $3.17 billion in assets with $391.49 million in equity, resulting in a capitalization level of 12.36%, which is excellent.
|FDIC Certificate #||13102|
|Assets and Liabilities|
|Equity Capital||$342.69 million|
|Loan Loss Allowance||$48.80 million|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||$23.95 million|
|Real Estate Owned||$469,000|
|Historic Data - December 2012|
|Equity Capital||$320.47 million|
|Loan Loss Allowance||$51.45 million|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||$23.95 million|
|Real Estate Owned||$667,000|
|Profit Margin - Quarterly|
|Net Interest Margin||3.27%|
|Return on Assets||1.32%|
|Return on Equity||12.03%|
|Interest Income||$108.18 million|
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