GECU is a Texas-based credit union that offers personal and business banking products and services, along with access to various individual investment products. The credit union’s acronym, GECU, stands for Government Employees Credit Union, which embodies the original purpose of the financial institution. Since its inception, GECU has broadly expanded its membership eligibility to include consumers who live in close proximity to a branch.
GECU’s personal banking products include checking, savings, Money Market, CD, and IRA CD accounts. Its checking account options have no monthly service or activity fees and require a relatively low average daily balance minimum in order to earn interest. A basic savings account is offered and includes a free GECU ATM card, free ATM access, and no monthly service fee. Several other savings accounts designed for youth of different ages and seniors are available, as well, and pay dividends. Several CD options are available to meet consumers’ savings goals at different stages of life. One CD account is designed for seniors and adds basis points on top of the interest rate for any CD. There is also a CD with a small minimum balance requirement that makes it easy to get a ladder started with limited funds. Similar accounts are available on the business banking side, and a business resource center is offered to provide information on relevant small business needs.
GECU online banking offers customers access to their accounts via the credit union’s web-based platform. Account management activities can be performed, including Bill Pay, money transfers, direct deposit, and financial management software integration. Mobile banking services are also available and provide access to the mobile-optimized website as well as mobile banking apps that make banking via smartphone and tablet devices simple and convenient. GECU’s website also provides a number of financial calculators and worksheets to help with budgeting and mortgage processes.
GECU was originally organized and chartered in 1932 when a group of civil servants pooled their money together to provide banking services to members of the El Paso community. Since then, the credit union has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of members and is currently headquartered in El Paso, Texas. It serves its members through multiple branches located in the El Paso area.
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The Texas Ratio is an indicator of how much funds a bank has available compared to the total value of loans considered at risk. As of December 31, 2013 GECU had $29.8 million in non-current loans and owned real-estate with $192.73 million in equity and loan loss allowances on hand to cover it. This gives GECU a Texas Ratio of 15.46% which is above average. Any bank with a Texas Ratio near or greater than 100% is considered at risk.
The Texas Ratio for GECU decreased slightly from 17.61% as of December 31, 2012 to 15.46% as of December 31, 2013, resulting in a positive change of 12.20%.This indicates that the balance sheet and financial strength for GECU has improved slightly in recent periods.
In the past year, GECU has increased its total deposits by $44.96 million, resulting in 2.54% growth for the year. A strong track record of growth is an indicator of consumer confidence and the bank's ability to strengthen its balance sheet. The growth GECU has shown is above average.
Both FDIC and NCUA consider capitalization levels of banks and credit unions to be of high importance. Higher capitalization allows for a greater buffer when cover loans that may fail in the future. GECU has $2.02 billion in assets with $192.73 million in equity, resulting in a capitalization level of 9.56%, which is above average.
|Assets and Liabilities|
|Equity Capital||$178.13 million|
|Loan Loss Allowance||$14.60 million|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||$22.28 million|
|Real Estate Owned||$7.53 million|
|Historic Data - December 2012|
|Equity Capital||$164.22 million|
|Loan Loss Allowance||$15.12 million|
|Unbacked Noncurrent Loans||$22.28 million|
|Real Estate Owned||$13.28 million|
|Profit Margin - Quarterly|
|Net Interest Margin||5.32%|
|Return on Assets||0.7%|
|Return on Equity||7.98%|
|Interest Income||$84.22 million|
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