Using Veritas to Construct the "Per…

29-04-2017 Hits:93146 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Using Veritas to Construct the "Perfect" Digital Investment Portfolio" & How to Value "Hard to Value" tokens, Pt 1

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The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary …

15-04-2017 Hits:84452 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary Available For Download and Sharing

The Veritas Offering Summary is now available for download, which packs all the information about Veritas in a single page. A step by step guide to purchasing Veritas can be downloaded here.

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What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hit…

10-04-2017 Hits:84366 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hits the Blockchain

A hedge fund recently made news by securitizing its LP units as Ethereum-based tokens and selling them as tradeable (thereby liquid) assets. This brings technology to the VC industry that...

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Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in t…

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Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in the Era of P2P Capital Markets

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This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas…

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This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas Offering. Are You Ready to Get Your Key to the P2P Capital Markets?

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What is the Value Proposition For Verita…

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What is the Value Proposition For Veritas, Veritaseum's Software Token?

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This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relat…

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This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relationships, Is Complicated...

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Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As …

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Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As Landlords Offer First Time Ever Concessions to Retail Renters

Over the last quarter I've been warning about the significant weakness in retailers and the retail real estate that most occupy (links supplied below). Now, Bloomberg reports: Manhattan Landlords Are Offering...

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Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Comp…

27-03-2017 Hits:86377 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Company Is Not What Most Think It IS

We will releasing our Apple forensic analysis and valuation this week for subscribers (click here to subscribe - lowest tier is the same as a Netflix subscription). As can be...

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The Country's First Newly Elected Lame D…

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The Country's First Newly Elected Lame Duck President Will Cause Massive Reversal Of Speculative Gains

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Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactl…

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Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactly When I Predicted "has ‘substantial doubt’ about its future"

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The Transformation of Television in Amer…

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The Transformation of Television in America and Worldwide

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We will be comparing and contrasting lot of banks on the Doo-Doo 32 list, with an occasional thorough drill down and forensic valuation. This is a brief overview of Popular compared with Wells Fargo, with a few more banks to come.I will use this matrix to compare many of the banks in the list side by side.

The Asset Securitization Crisis Analysis road-map to date:

  1. Intro: The great housing bull run – creation of asset bubble, Declining lending standards, lax underwriting activities increased the bubble – A comparison with the same during the S&L crisis
  2. Securitization – dissimilarity between the S&L and the Subprime Mortgage crises, The bursting of housing bubble – declining home prices and rising foreclosure
  3. Counterparty risk analyses – counter-party failure will open up another Pandora’s box
  4. The consumer finance sector risk is woefully unrecognized, and the US Federal reserve to the rescue
  5. Municipal bond market and the securitization crisis – part I
  6. An overview of my personal Regional Bank short prospects Part I: PNC Bank - risky loans skating on razor thin capital, PNC addendum Posts One and Two
  7. Reggie Middleton says don't believe Paulson: S&L crisis 2.0, bank failure redux
  8. More on the banking backdrop, we've never had so many loans!
  9. As I see it, these 32 banks and thrfts are in deep doo-doo!
  10. A little more on HELOCs, 2nd lien loans and rose colored glasses
  11. Will Countywide cause the next shoe to drop?
  12. Capital, Leverage and Loss in the Banking System
  13. Doo-Doo bank drill down, part 1 - Wells Fargo


End of the Secular Bull Market?

We have had a strong bull run in nearly all risky asset classes over the last 10 to 15 years: stocks, real estate, commodities, emerging markets, you name it. Is the jig over. Study the charts below.


Valuations still high?

For those who think stocks are cheap due to the rapid reduction of prices of late, think in terms of valuations and historical trends and you may find that they are not as cheap as you thought - particularly if you believe in earnings cycles. We are just coming off of an earnings cycle peak.



The Biggest Risky Asset Run of All Time???

Housing, stocks and commodities are setting all time or near all time records. We have begun a correction in all three of the risky asset classes. Residential real estate has the farthest to fall, by far. As a matter of fact, adjusting for inflation, in residential real estate no other bull run (including the gold rush) has produced even half of the real price spikes that the last bubble has. Do you know what happened after the last, much lesser, real estate bubbles? What do you think will happen this time around? All of that talk of prices stabilizing in '09 or '10 lacks historical precedent!


Loans & Risk

Now, let's get back to those Doo-Doo banks, shall we. This is the Doo-Doo Bank grid that I will put nearly all of the banks in.

Wells Fargo Popular Inc  

WFC US Equity BPOP US Equity  

Home Equity Loans 83,860    
Construction and devlopment loans 17,228 1,996 These high risk loans are present, though
Commercial Real Estate Loans 29,310 5,939 The same for these
Total Loans ($ mn) 393,632 33,321  
% of Total Loans      
Home Equity Loans 21%    
Construction and devlopment loans 4% 6% Small capital base, less cushion for loss
Commercial Real Estate Loans 7% 18% This concentration could be problem
% of Shareholders' equity (based on 3Q Loans)
Home Equity Loans 178% 49% This is potentially a big problem
Construction and devlopment loans 36% 56% This is potentially a big problem
Commercial Real Estate Loans 62% 166% This is potential problem, high concentration
Total Loans 826% 930% Popular has nearly 10x its equity in loans, 270% of which is extremely risky in one of the worst down-markets this country has ever seen.
Core Capital ratio / Tier 1 risk-based capital 7.6 10.1 This ration is not that bad
Total risk-based capital ratio 10.7 11.4 Neither is this, could be worse
Leverage ratio 6.8 7.3  
NPA -to- Total Loan 1.01% 3.04% This is very bad!
NPA / Shareholder's equity 8.1% 23.8% This is even worse! Nearly a quarter of shareholder equity is dead weight and worth zilch! Adjust for tangible equity and this number goes higher.
Net Chare-off's / Loans 0.93% 1.51% This is pretty high for all loans!
Net Charge offs / Shareholder's Equity 7.43% 11.81% Shareholders should revolt!
Provision for loans to Total Loans 1.41% 1.87%  
Reerve for loans to Total Loans 1.39% 1.96%  
Cushion for losses 0.38% -1.08% Take note, there is a negative cushion for losses here. This bank will probably announce the need for capital very soon!



Performance & Market Info

Wells Fargo Popular Inc  

WFC US Equity BPOP US Equity  


Return on assets 1.5% -0.2% Popular is burning through its assets. Keep in mind (referenced above) this banks is leveraged 7.3x, and is losing .2% of its assets. That is about 1.6% to 2% burn on shareholder equity just by being in existence - Considerably higher if adjusted for bullsh1t and tangible equity is taken into consideration. No wonder they have a negative cushion for losses!
Return on equity 16.9% -1.8% See above.
NIM 4.69% 3.64% Margins are thin here and the Fed is probably not going to drop rates much more.
Efficency ratio 59% 67%  
Interest income-to-intest bearing liablities 8.5% 8.8%  
Interest expense-to-Total deposits 4.3% 6.4%  

3 month price performance -7% -3%  
12 month price performance -22% -30%

Amazingly enough, the share price hasn't dropped in sympathy with their financial situation.

LAST_PRICE 28.5 11.9  
Shares Outstanding 3,296 280  

Currnet Market Cap 94,059 3,341  

Geographic exposure      
- California 36.1%    
- Florida 3.8%    

Origination Channel      
- % of Third Party 14%    
- % of Branch 86%    

Weighted avg LTV NA



Other Stats & Facts

Wells Fargo Popular Inc  

WFC US Equity BPOP US Equity  


% of Home Equity Loans with      
LTV > 90% 29%    
80% < LTV < 90% NA    

Avg FICO score (Home Equity) 725    

Deliquency Home Equity      
- 4Q2007 1.51%    
- 4Q2006 0.88%    
Home Equity exposure (4Q data)

- % of Equity 178% 49%  
- % of Gross Loans 21% 6%  
- % of Assets 15% 4%  



Net Charge offs      
- 4Q2007 1.34%    
- 4Q2006 0.25%    
(Based on FY 2007 annual data)      
Price-to-book value 1.99 0.98  
Price-to-adjusted book value 2.82 1.24  
P /E 11.8 N/A  
P / E Continuing ops 11.8 45.7  
Charges offs 3,539 423.08  
HIGH_52WEEK 38 18  
LOW_52WEEK 24 8  

Share Price 1M 30.4 12.3  
Share Price 3M 30.7 12.2  
Share Price 1 Yr 36.4 17.0  
Charge offs/NPAs as of 12/31/2007 91% 50%  


I will be posting about 30 other banks over the next few days, with an intense drill down on about 3 of them.