This excerpt taken from the SNV 8-K filed Sep 15, 2009.
We may experience increased delinquencies and credit losses, which could have a material adverse effect on our capital, financial condition and results of operations.
Like other lenders, we face the risk that our customers will not repay their loans. A customers failure to repay us is preceded generally by missed payments. In some instances, a customer may
declare bankruptcy prior to missing payments, although this is not generally the case. Customers who declare bankruptcy frequently do not repay their loans. Where our loans are secured by collateral, we may attempt to seize the collateral when and if customers default on their loans. The value of the collateral may not equal the amount of the unpaid loan, and we may be unsuccessful in recovering the remaining balance from our customers. Rising delinquencies and rising rates of bankruptcy are often precursors of future charge-offs and may require us to increase our allowance for loan losses. Higher charge-off rates and an increase in our allowance for loan losses may hurt our overall financial performance if we are unable to raise revenue to compensate for these losses and may increase our cost of funds.