Analyst firm ranks Murphy Bank among top 10 U.S. small banks

An analysis of 2014 bank data by SNL Financial ranked Fresno’s Murphy Bank as the ninth-best performing among U.S. banks with less than $500 million in assets.

The Virginia-based global financial information firm issued its rankings after evaluating banks’ 2014 information based on six factors, including return on assets, the ratio of charge-offs to loans, efficiency ratios, net interest margins and loan growth rates. The analysis included banks with loan portfolios that amount to more than one-third of the company’s total assets and are considered well-capitalized under regulatory standards. More than 3,900 U.S. banks were eligible for the ranking.

Murphy Bank had $189.2 million in assets at the end of 2014. Loans and leases amounted to $167.5 million — about $38 million more than it was at the end of 2013, according to information from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.