The Art and Science of Successful Credit Union Mergers

Merger. The very word can elicit strong emotions throughout the financial services industry, including credit unions. For some, it is viewed as an exciting opportunity for growth. For others, it is dreaded and feared as a loss of… Read More

The Value of a Structured Merger Process

Would a Merger Risk Your Control, Quality, and Culture — or Boost Your Market Position? For some, mergers are an exciting opportunity for growth. For others, it means a loss of control, quality and culture.  Yet, in almost… Read More

Credit Union Merger Approvals 2Q 2019

Credit Union Mergers 2Q 2019

NCUA approved 31 mergers in Q2 of 2019 which increased from 28 last quarter. The combined assets of merged credit unions is $2.1B, which compares to $1.3B last quarter and $800M year ago. The mean and median assets… Read More

When Prospective Partners Come Knocking

When Prospective Partners Come Knocking

New White Paper Explores Obstacles to CU Merger Proposals ‘When Prospective Partners Come Knocking’ Although credit union executives and boards have a duty to consider members’ interests in all matters, other factors may take precedence when it comes… Read More

The Anatomy of an Ideal Credit Union Merger Partner

Characteristics of Favorable Merger Partners

Credit union mergers and acquisitions have been on the rise for several years. In fact, credit unions have been merging at the rate of 2.9 percent per year since the industry reached its peak in 1969 with nearly… Read More

Credit Union Merger Approvals – May 2018

Credit Union Merger Approvals - May 2018

NCUA approved 19 mergers in May 2018 which increased from 12 last month. The number of mergers is up and the combined assets of merged credit unions are also up nearly $421M compared to last month.  For the… Read More

Credit Union Merger Approvals – February 2018

NCUA Merger Approvals - February 2018

NCUA approved 9 mergers in February 2018 which decreased from 20 last month. The number of mergers are down and the combined assets of merged credit unions are down nearly $378M compared to last month.  For the month… Read More

Why Credit Unions Should Be Terrified!

Why Credit Unions Should Be Terrified

New Research Results and Why Credit Union PERSONAs should be Terrified! Last article, we highlighted our new research on the Financial Industry.  In it, we demonstrated how having a great NPS is NOT an indicator for future growth…. Read More

The Merged CEO’s Future After The Merger

CEOs have several great pathways in a credit union merger. Learn about the options and process for securing a great future through a merger, whether it be continued employment or retirement.

Credit Union Merger Approvals – January 2018

NCUA approved 20 mergers in January 2018 which increased from 8 last month. The combined assets of merged credit unions are up nearly $342M compared to last month.  However, for the month of January, the total merged assets… Read More

FTC Announces New Premerger Notification Thresholds For 2018

FTC Merger Prenotification 2017

In addition to explaining the filing requirements for credit union mergers, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSRA) requires an annual update to the FTC premerger notification threshold. The threshold, based on the company’s relevant assets, is used to… Read More

Top Financial Industry Performers Win with Intelligence

Customer Centricity

The onslaught of fintech on traditional financial institutions (FIs) continues at a dizzying rate.  In Q1 of 2017 alone, $2.7B was invested in 226 deals.  Those fintech firms creating significant disruption in the financial sector have built their… Read More

Not A Wall Street Merger – A Uniquely Credit Union Merger

Not A Wall Street Merger

Suddenly, the crowd erupted. Tears started flowing. Members and staff alike shouted aloud in celebration of victory.  These weren’t tears of sadness, but tears of joy.  Board members, staff and members embraced each other with warm hugs. In… Read More

Credit Union Merger Approvals – August 2017

Credit Union Mergers - September 2017

NCUA approved 21 mergers in August 2017 which increased from 11 last month. The number of mergers are up and the combined assets of merged credit unions are up nearly $476M compared to last month.  For the month… Read More

No Time to Manage a Merger?

In any business, the day-to-day happenings are usually more than enough to fill a staff member’s full-time work schedule. Everybody’s operating on overdrive already, and the mere thought of adding another task to the to-do list is simply… Read More

Survive or Thrive? – The Question Credit Union Leadership Must Answer

Credit Union - Survive or Thrive?

In a perfect world, every business would be built to last forever, but that’s simply not the way things go. Competition ebbs and flows, some industries flourish, some companies flounder. In the credit union world, leaders are rapidly… Read More

Credit Union Merger Approvals – February 2017

Credit Union Merger Approvals - February 2017

NCUA approved 14 mergers in February 2017 which decreased from 21 last month. The number of mergers are down and the combined assets of merged credit unions are down nearly $990M compared to last month.  For the month… Read More

Can The Network Credit Union Model Help You Compete?

Network Credit Union Model

The National Credit Union Association has suggested in more than one article that small credit unions should at least consider the idea of a network merger in the context of potentially creating partnerships with multiple small credit unions… Read More

Mergers Offer Opportunities for Credit Union Members, Employees

Mergers Offer Opportunities For Employees

Banks are in business for profit, and their clientele are exactly that: customers fueling profits. The advantage of credit union banking has always been its customer service; “membership” is the advantage. Because of a credit union’s not-for-profit status,… Read More

Credit Union Mergers & Real Estate Due Diligence

Credit Union Mergers & Real Estate Due Diligence

Real estate holdings and leases are a big component in credit union mergers and can be one of the key advantages. For example, most institutions consider three to five years a reasonable time to reach break-even in a… Read More