When pricing commercial loans most bankers say they have to match the competition or they use some benchmark such as the prime rate. Others say they use the “flinch method”. They throw out a rate and see if the customer “flinches”.
Bank CEO’s often wonder if commercial lenders work for them or for their customers when it comes loan pricing. Lenders want to get the deal and many times they don’t consider the bank’s costs associated with making the loan when offering the rate/terms. Do lenders have the tools to offer a rate that meets both the borrower’s needs and bank’s profitability goals?
Many factors should be considered when making pricing decisions on commercial loans: Type of loan, amortization term, usage of a line of credit, fees, cost to underwrite and service the loan, risk, fixed, adjustable or floating rate, borrower’s other business with the bank and most importantly the size of the loan.
Relationships matter and we have to value that in the pricing equation. What other loans or business does the borrower have with the bank? Do they have a deposit relationship and is it in interest or non-interest bearing? What we typically find is banks over price their best customers and under price their smallest least profitable customers.
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