2024 Commercial Lending School

2024 Commercial Lending School

May 1-2 (WED-THU), 2024
9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

CBAO members: $895 / Non-members: $1,345   

If you are a lender or credit analyst, are you ready to improve your game? If you manage or review commercial relationships, what are the keys to monitoring borrower performance after the loan has been closed?  How do you effectively and efficiently write up the initial underwriting and loan recommendation?  What should be discussed in an annual review or renewal?
This two-day course has the answers, with a focus on effective initial structuring and subsequent monitoring of commercial lending relationships.  It goes beyond the basics of financial analysis to provide portfolio management tools to influence both credit quality and profitability.  We’ll unlock the mysteries of loan agreements and covenants to improve monitoring of existing credits and enhance future underwriting and renewals.  Time permitting, we finish with a set of unconventional problem loan warning signals to better assist lenders in getting an early jump on a potential weakness.

Day One: Loan Structuring, Loan Agreements and Covenants

Commercial lending involves many types of loans and credit facilities.  Equally diverse are the various cash needs of businesses, such as operating funds, plant expansion or equipment purchases.  Documentation can range from a simple note and security agreement to a more complex loan agreement with financial covenants.  In structuring a financing arrangement, the banker must have a thorough knowledge of the available credit facilities and how to match them to the customer’s needs.

This portion of the bootcamp provides bankers with a working knowledge of the basic principals of loan structuring and loan agreements, including:

  • Foundation Concepts in Lending
  • Understanding the Borrower’s Business
  • Assessing The Risks Facing the Borrower
  • Assessing Borrower Financial Performance 
  • Projecting Future Performance
  • Loan Structure and Support
  • Responsible Commercial Real Estate Lending 
  • Effective Relationship Management
  • Identifying and Managing Problem Loans
  • Establishing Credit Discipline
  • Case Studies
  • Evaluating Management 

Day Two: Loan Policy, Portfolio Management and Creating Loan Packages

The commercial lending process starts with a clear understanding of how your loan policy drives all the steps.  We’ll look at key issues addressed by loan policy and how it results in your system for assigning credit risk ratings.  In addition to the financial performance of the borrower, successful portfolio management involves tracking and assessing many non-financial factors.

Despite our automated and digital world, we ultimately have to make a written discussion that includes the financial and non-financial issues with a lending relationship.  And this may be the most difficult, but also most important part of the process.

This portion of the bootcamp provides bankers with these tools:

  • Finding the key drivers of your bank’s loan policy and how to improve your understanding and compliance
  • Why are credit risk ratings important, especially in terms of timely adjustment
  • Assessing industry, market and management risk and their effect on financial results of C&I borrowers and as part of an overall credit risk rating
  • Assessing similar, qualitative aspects of CRE borrowers, including key issues in lease agreements
  • Managing commercial relationships and a lender’s portfolio to improve both credit quality and revenue opportunities
  • Tips for utilizing global cash flow
  • General business writing issues that apply to commercial lending
    • Eight qualities of effective business writing
    • Case example of the qualities
    • Understanding your purpose and audiences
    • Issues in communicating quantitative information and numbers
  • Effective use of “cover pages” in a loan package
  • Tips for better credit memos
    • “Master” format with just about anything you would ever need to mention
    • Examples of wording and formats (one “before” and “after”)
  • Watch what you write for lender liability issues
  • Intellectual commitment and discipline in the process
  • (Time permitting/Appendix) Recognizing (early) potential problem loans

Who Should Attend:

Community bankers, small business lenders, private bankers, commercial lenders, loan review specialists, lending managers and credit officers in the commercial lending process. 

Meet the Facilitator

Richard Hamm

Richard has been training bankers for 30 years, designing and delivering courses specializing in commercial lending and credit, including portfolio and risk management, commercial real estate (CRE) and appraisals, plus selling and negotiating skills, and director training. During his banking career, he was active within RMA’s chapter structure and served on several committees at the national level.

Richard is a facilitator for the Barret School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at Wisconsin. He has published 20 articles in the RMA Journal.

If you are having issues with registering online, please contact Malia Widder, (614) 610-1877.

5/1/2024 9:00 AM - 5/2/2024 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
CBAO Ray Campbell Learning Center 8800 Lyra Drive Suite 570 Columbus 43240
Registration is closed.