Louisville Metro Police Officers CU Closed

You’ve likely seen the news that the NCUA conserved and then liquidated Louisville Metro Police Credit Union. According to a post by Wave3 News, numerous sources indicated that there were a number of fake loans made in officers’ names.

Now, our HealthScore is not a fraud detector. It does, however, show interesting trends that often highlight areas in need of explanation. LMPCU was a credit union with interesting trends … to say the least.

Take a look at the trends in the score summary below. At what point would you have asked questions about the performance of this credit union?

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Here is a little more detail about our HealthScore model.

HealthScore Scoring Methodology

To arrive at a credit union’s HealthScore we first score/grade credit union performance for each of 17 different credit union ratios. Grading is based on a 10-point scale, with 0 reflecting poor health and 10 reflecting exceptional health. Individual “component” scores are then averaged to determine the credit union’s overall HealthScore.

Score Components and Chart Abbreviations Key

The ratio components of the HealthScore system are further described below. Note that each ratio’s name is followed by an abbreviation (e.g., Net Worth followed by “NW”). These abbreviations are used throughout the report.
  1. Net Worth (NW): This ratio measures net worth in relation to total assets. Net worth cushions fluctuations in earnings, supports growth, and provides protection against insolvency. A low Net Worth (NW) score may indicate insufficient net worth. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate limited commitment to cooperative principles.
  2. Solvency Evaluation (SE): This ratio measures the value of assets after liabilities in relation to shares. A low Solvency Evaluation (SE) score may indicate risk of insolvency (the credit union can can no longer meet its financial obligations) and/or a high likelihood of regulator administrative action. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate limited commitment to cooperative principles.
  3. Return on Average Assets (RA): This ratio measures net income in relation to average assets. A low Return on Average Assets (RA) score may indicate that earnings do not properly cover the credit union’s operating expenses and cost of funds. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate limited commitment to cooperative principles.
  4. Operating Expenses to Average Assets (OE): This ratio measures effectiveness in controlling the costs of operations. A low Operating Expenses to Average Assets (OE) score may indicate a need to reduce or better control operating expenses. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate lack of necessary investment in operations.
  5. Efficiency (EF): This ratio measures the relationship between income and expense. A low Efficiency (EF) score may indicate a need to improve earnings and/or better control expenses. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate a lack of necessary investment in operations and/or limited commitment to cooperative principles.
  6. Delinquent Loans to Total Loans (DL): This ratio measures the effectiveness of delinquency control and the quality of loans held in portfolio. A low Delinquent Loans to Total Loans (DL) score may indicate a high degree of portfolio risk and/or a need for increased provision for loan losses. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate overly restrictive underwriting policy.
  7. Net Charge-Offs to Average Loans (CO): This ratio is an indicator of the effectiveness of lending and collection practices. A low Net Charge-Offs to Average Loans (CO) score may indicate a high level of uncollectable loans and/or a need for improvement in collection strategy and effort.
  8. Texas (TX): This ratio measures the total value of at-risk loans in relation to the total value of funds on hand to cover such loans (allowance for loan losses and capital). A low Texas (TX) score may indicate an inability to absorb losses and/or a high likelihood of institutional failure.
  9. Cash and Short-Term Investments to Assets (CA): This ratio is an indicator of the level of cash and liquid assets available to meet share withdrawals or additional loan demand. A low Cash and Short-Term Investments to Assets (CA) score may indicate the credit union will be unable to meet current obligations. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate stress on income due to lack of yield.
  10. Regular Shares to Total Shares and Borrowings (RS): This ratio measures liquidity, specifically the portion of funding sources derived from regular (core) shares. A low Regular Shares to Total Shares and Borrowings (RB) score may indicate liquidity stress and/or that the credit union is overly reliant on price-sensitive funds. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate excessive liquidity.
  11. Loans to Assets (LA): This ratio measures liquidity and also the effectiveness of member loan relationship development. A low Loans to Assets (LA) score may indicate earnings stress and/or lack of lending relationships. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate liquidity stress.
  12. Loans Per Member (LN): This ratio measures average per-member loan relationships. A low Loans Per Member (LN) score may indicate lack of focus on loan relationship development and/or a need for membership diversification. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate excessive member debt loads, overly accommodative underwriting policy, or a high concentration of large dollar loans (e.g., real estate).
  13. Deposits Per Member (DE): This ratio measures average per-member deposit relationships. A low Deposits Per Member (DE) score may indicate lack of focus on deposit relationship development and/or a need for membership diversification.
  14. Borrowers Per Members (BM): This ratio measures the number of borrowers relative to overall membership. A low Borrowers Per Members (BM) score may indicate a need for improved loan sales and marketing strategy and/or membership diversification.
  15. Asset Growth (AG): This ratio measures growth in total assets. A low Asset Growth (AG) score may indicate lack of focus on member relationship development and/or a need for membership diversification/field of membership expansion. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate unsustainable growth.
  16. Loan Growth (LG): This ratio measures growth in total loans. A low Loan Growth (LG) score may indicate lack of focus on member relationship development and/or a need for membership diversification/field of membership expansion. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate unsustainable growth and/or overly accommodative underwriting policy.
  17. Membership Growth (MG): This ratio measures growth in total membership. A low Membership Growth (MG) score may indicate lack of focus on developing relationships within the field of membership and/or a need for field of membership expansion. A high score, though generally positive, may indicate a a need to purge dormant or inactive member accounts.

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