The number of U.S. lenders that cannot collect on at least 20% of their loans has hit an 18-year high, according to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data compiled by SNL Financial, a bank research firm.

It said 26 companies had more than one-fifth of their loans 90 days overdue or not accruing interest as of June 30 — a level of distress almost five times the national average.

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