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This dashboard presents monthly key indicators published by the Puerto Rico Planning Board. It is composed of icons that present a graphic summary of several important indicators on the Credit Union of Puerto Rico.

Financial stability index for the Credit Union Industry in Puerto Rico: First Quarter 2021

The index measures the financial health of the industry in reference to four criteria: liquidity (i.e., total loans / deposits or LtD), solvency (i.e., capital to total assets or E / A), asset quality (i.e., nonperforming loans or NPL / Total Loans) and profitability (i.e., return on assets or ROA). The index fluctuates between [0,1], with values ​​approaching zero (0) indicating financial fragility and values ​​close to one (1) strength. The index declined slightly from 0.66 in the fourth quarter of 2020 to 0.64 in the first quarter of 2021. The index’s quarterly (i.e., QoQ) performance was driven by a reduction in the profitability and the solvency subindexes.
  • The industry’s profitability remains under pressure as persistent low interest rate continues affecting the yield on loans and net interest margin (NIM).
  • The industry’s NIM dropped from 3.78% in the fourth quarter of 2020 to 3.74% in the first quarter of 2021 reflecting a reduction in loans yields from 7.33% to 7.28% despite a lower cost of funds which declined from 0.57% to 0.49% during the period.
  • On the expense side, the industry’s provisions relative to its total loan portfolio which declined from 2.53% in the second quarter of 2020 to 2.42% in the fourth quarter of 2020, increased slightly to 2.47% in the first quarter of 2021.
  • The moderate reduction in the equity-to-total assets ratio was influenced by various factors.
  • The industry’s total capital (i.e., excluding credit unions’ member stocks) declined from $532 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 to $524 million in the first quarter of 2021 influenced by a quarterly deduction of $21 million related to the reserve valuation of investment, partially offset by increases of $7 million in additional reserves and of $2 million in capital obligations.
  • Meanwhile, the quarterly increase in the industry’s total assets was driven by incremental variations of $40.1 million in cash, $76 million in loan balances, $86 million in saving and CD’s accounts held with other institutions, and $133 million in investments and negotiable securities.
  • The number of credit union membership increased by 9,529 to 1.085 million members in the first quarter of 2021 when compared to the previous quarter.

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