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Writing an Effective Credit Memorandum

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Writing an Effective Credit Memorandum
About This Course:
After a detailed credit analysis of a loan request has been performed, it's time to communicate your findings in writing. Credit memoranda are a primary means of communications within the banking industry. When writing effective credit memoranda, it's not what you say that commands attention, but how you say it.

Credit memoranda serve three functions: 1) They provide information on the condition and status of a customer relationship; 2) They provide a record of thoughts and actions; and 3) They support or recommend action.

Learn skills to write an effective credit memorandum. Learn to emphasize important factors and trends without stating the obvious. In short, your credit memoranda should present relevant, material facts, along with your thoughts and opinions. Remember, anything you write in a credit memorandum will become public record if you find yourself in court with a borrower.

Covered Topics Include:

  • Balance Sheet Analysis
  • Income Statement Analysis
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Calculating and interpreting financial ratios and cash flow
  • Questions to raise with the customer after the credit analysis is completed
  • Outline of relevant factors to include in a credit memorandum
  • How to report your finding efficiently and effectively in the credit memorandum
  • Apply the concepts to a study case

Learning Objectives:

  • Strengthen understanding of credit analysis
  • Interpret financial trends and financial ratios
  • Write succinct and focused credit memoranda
  • Meet with management armed with relevant questions and issues to be addressed
  • Feel more confident in defending a recommended course of action based upon relevant facts

Who Should Attend:

Commercial Loan Officers, Consumer Loan Officers, Credit Analysts, Loan Review Personnel, Compliance Officers, Internal Auditors, Branch Managers

The participant should have some experience or prior class work in analyzing financial statements and/or credit analysis.

The Presenter

Jeffery W. Johnson started his career with SunTrust Bank in Atlanta as a Management Trainee and progressed to Vice President and Senior Lender of SouthTrust Bank and Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Division Manager for Citizens Trust Bank of Atlanta.

Most of his career has been spent in Credit Administration, Lending, Business Development, Loan Review, Management and Training &Development. He has managed loan portfolios representing a cross section of loan types including: Large Corporate, High Net Worth Individual, Middle Market Companies, Small Business, Real Estate and Non-Profit Organizations.

Mr. Johnson is now a training professional in the financial industry by leading various seminars covering important topics relating to issues in financial institutions. He teaches actively for fifteen state banking associations in the United States, Risk Management Association (RMA) and individual financial institutions nationwide.

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