Credit union assets, shares, deposits grow in fourth quarter
March 10, 2023
Total assets in federally insured credit unions rose by $108 billion, or 5.2%, to $2.17 trillion over the year ending in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to the latest financial performance data released by NCUA. Insured shares and deposits grew $50 billion, or 3.1%, to $1.68 trillion.
The credit union system’s net worth increased by $21.4 billion, or 10.1 percent, over the year to $232.9 billion. The aggregate net worth ratio — net worth as a percentage of assets — stood at 10.74 percent in the fourth quarter of 2022, up from 10.26 percent one year earlier.
Total shares and deposits rose by $61.3 billion, or 3.4 percent, over the year to $1.85 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The return on average assets for federally insured credit unions was 89 basis points in 2022, down from 107 basis points in 2021. The median return on average assets across all federally insured credit unions was 51 basis points, up 1 basis point from 2021.
Total loans outstanding increased $251 billion, or 20.0 percent, over the year to $1.51 trillion. The average outstanding loan balance in the fourth quarter of 2022 was $17,141, up $1,022, or 6.3 percent, from one year earlier.
The delinquency rate at federally insured credit unions was 61 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2022, up 12 basis points from one year earlier. The net charge-off ratio was 34 basis points, up 8 basis points compared with the fourth quarter of 2021.
The number of federally insured credit unions declined to 4,760 in the fourth quarter of 2022, from 4,942 in the fourth quarter of 2021. In the fourth quarter of 2022, there were 2,980 federal credit unions and 1,780 federally insured, state-chartered credit unions. The year-over-year decline is consistent with long-running industry consolidation trends.
Federally insured credit unions added 5.8 million members over the year, and credit union membership in these institutions reached 135.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2022.
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