(a) Performance criteria -
(1) Small banks that are not intermediate small banks. The FDIC evaluates the record of a small bank that is not, or that was not during the prior calendar year, an intermediate small bank, of helping to meet the credit needs of its assessment area(s) pursuant to the criteria set forth in paragraph (b) of this section.
(b) Lending test. A small bank's lending performance is evaluated pursuant to the following criteria:
(1) The bank's loan-to-deposit ratio, adjusted for seasonal variation, and, as appropriate, other lending-related activities, such as loan originations for sale to the secondary markets, community development loans, or qualified investments;
(2) The percentage of loans and, as appropriate, other lending-related activities located in the bank's assessment area(s);
(3) The bank's record of lending to and, as appropriate, engaging in other lending-related activities for borrowers of different income levels and businesses and farms of different sizes;
(4) The geographic distribution of the bank's loans; and
(5) The bank's record of taking action, if warranted, in response to written complaints about its performance in helping to meet credit needs in its assessment area(s).
(c) Community development test. An intermediate small bank's community development performance also is evaluated pursuant to the following criteria:
(1) The number and amount of community development loans;
(2) The number and amount of qualified investments;
(3) The extent to which the bank provides community development services; and
(4) The bank's responsiveness through such activities to community development lending, investment, and services needs.
(d) Small bank performance rating. The FDIC rates the performance of a bank evaluated under this section as provided in appendix A of this part.