With loan quality generally viewed as benign while M&A activity continues into 2019, is any emphasis on credit due diligence now misplaced? The answer is no.
With efficiency driving consolidation, bank boards and management should not be tempted to take any shortcuts to save time and money by substituting credit quality through recent loan reviews and implied findings of regulatory exams.
The overarching reason is the nature of the current business and credit cycle. The economy is strong right now, and among many banks net recoveries have replaced net charge-offs.