HealthScore Update: 20th Straight Quarter of Improved Health and Performance
WILMINGTON, N.C. - March 14, 2019 - PRLog -- Credit union strategy consulting firm Glatt Consulting Group, Inc. announced today that the Credit Union Industry HealthScore, a composite score measuring the health and performance of US-based credit unions, improved on a year-over-year basis for the 20th straight quarter. The current HealthScore, calculated using 4th quarter 2018 data, sits as 5.862 and represents a 3.2% year-over-year score improvement. The continued consolidation of poorly performing credit unions into healthy credit unions, along with overall industry improvements in return on assets, financial efficiency, membership and loan growth, contributed to score gains.
The Credit Union Industry HealthScore measures overall credit union health, which is calculated by scoring/grading credit union performance across 17 different key ratios. Grading is based on a 10-point scale, with 0 reflecting poor performance and 10 reflecting exceptional performance. The Credit Union Industry HealthScore has been calculated and published by Glatt Consulting since 2009.
Credit unions have been on an unprecedented run of year-over-year performance improvement supported in large part by consistent membership growth coupled with loan growth (scores improved by 5.69% and 7.07% respectively)
One score to note that has been in decline for 6 straight quarters is the score for Cash and Short-Term Investments to Assets. This ratio is an indicator of the level of cash and liquid assets available to meet share withdrawals or additional loan demand. As loans have grown, and as credit unions have shifted assets from lower yielding short-term investments to loans, this score has gone down. This has generally been beneficial for credit unions, with the tradeoff in lower scores for the ratio being higher scores for Return on Assets.
The industry's highest scoring credit union in the fourth quarter, with a score of 8.97, was Churchill County Federal Credit Union based in Fallon, NV (https://www.myccfcu.org). The credit union holds assets of $49.8M and serves approximately 2,590 members.
The credit union is a reflection of the strength of Nevada overall, which boasts the highest average HealthScore of all of the states. The Nevada HealthScore average is 6.81. The state's current level of performance is much improved as compared to recession-era data. The state reached a low-point in the fourth quarter of 2010 with an average HealthScore of 4.51.
Summary HealthScore Data
With regard to score trends, 13 of the 17 HealthScore components saw year-over-year score gains. They are:
About Glatt Consulting Group
Glatt Consulting Group, Inc. is a credit union consulting company based in Wilmington, NC. Founded in 2006, Glatt Consulting specializes in aiding credit unions in areas including strategy, organizational structure, governance, and leadership development.
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