non·​per·​form·​ing | \ˌnän-pər-ˈfȯr-miŋ, ˌnän-pə-ˈfȯr-miŋ\

Definition of nonperforming 

: not producing the expected return nonperforming loans nonperforming assets

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Bank OZK’s ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets was 0.23% as of Sept. 30, up from 0.15% as of June 30. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Arkansas Bank’s Shares Tank on Loan Losses," 19 Oct. 2018 And, of course, the fundamentals of Italy’s economic situation have not changed — a cumulative debt of over 130 percent of gross domestic product, low growth, high unemployment, and banks with mounds of nonperforming loans. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "A Day of Peril for the E.U.: Threats Emerge From the U.S. and Within," 1 June 2018 Banks that step up recognition of nonperforming loans may be eligible to put aside less money to cover potential losses—as low as 120% of total bad loans, according to a recent regulatory ruling. WSJ, "Growth Bounces Back for Year at China’s Largest Banks," 29 Mar. 2018 Signs of stress in the market were also seen at MotoNovo, the U.K. vehicle funding arm of the South African bank FirstRand Ltd., where nonperforming loan provisions increased by 29 percent. Stefania Spezzati,, "Higher U.K. Car-Finance Defaults Add to Consumer-Credit Risk," 15 Mar. 2018 The core of their problem is their mounting pile of bad debts, with their nonperforming loan ratio now over 15%. Anjani Trivedi, WSJ, "India’s Big Bank Boost Can’t Afford to Fail," 25 Oct. 2017 In reality, though banks are recognizing more bad-debt charges, the growth in their nonperforming loans isn’t slowing. Anjani Trivedi, WSJ, "India’s Big Bank Boost Can’t Afford to Fail," 25 Oct. 2017 Greek banks’ handling of nonperforming loans is also expected to come under fire as is a restructuring of social benefits. Sotiris Nikas,, "It’s Bailout-Review Time in Greece and Markets Are Wary—Again," 20 Sep. 2017 Nonperforming exposure stood at 104.8 billion euros at the end of 2016, accounting for about half of all loans on their balance sheets, Bank of Greece data show. Christos Ziotis,, "Piraeus Bank Races to Reach ECB Target for Reducing Bad Loans," 17 July 2017

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