camels are not these kind of camels silly. CAMELS is a rating system developed in the US that is used by supervisory authorities to rate banks and other financial institutions also used by various financial institutions outside the U.S.
This rating system was adopted by National Credit Union Administration in 1987. In 1988, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) proposed the CAMELS framework for assessing financial institutions.
Capital adequacy refers to the amount of capital the financial institutions has to hold as required by its financial regulator. It is expressed as the Capital Adequacy ratio, which can be defined as the ratio of banks capital to risk weighted assets. This ensures the protection of depositors and investors and financial soundness of the bank.
Asset quality evaluates the quality of asset/loan the bank offers. The assets of a bank include cash, government securities, investments, real estates and interest earning loans. Assets such as loans provide returns to the financial institutions in terms of interests and comprise a majority of banks assets carrying high risk. Asset quality deals with quality of the loans, investments; and banks effectiveness in controlling and monitoring the credit risk. This provides the stability of the company when faced with particular risks.
Assessment of management determines ability of an institution to diagnose and react to financial stress. This component rating is reflected by the management's capability to identify, measure, and control risks of the institution's daily activities. It ensures safe operation of the institution with effective policies and guidelines. The management has to address the risk related to credit, rate of interest, transactions etc.
Ratings on earnings are based on the financial institution's ability to create returns on its assets. These returns enable the institution to expand, retain competitiveness, and provide adequate capital. It can be measured as the return on asset ratio. company's growth, stability, valuation allowances, net interest margin, net worth level and the quality of the company's existing assets are assessed to rate the Earnings.