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SNL Financial Announces Annual 50 Best Performing Credit Unions

New York, New York (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

Announced today, SNL Financial released its annual ranking of 2014’s 50 best-performing credit unions. Idaho Central Credit Union led SNL’s credit union ranking for the third year running. The Chubbuck, Idaho-based credit union came in first over Schlumberger Employees Credit Union and First Florida Credit Union, which ranked second and third, respectively.

In the analysis, SNL ranked the best-performing credit unions using the following five core financial performance metrics: member growth, net chargeoffs as a percentage of average loans, efficiency ratio, asset quality and market growth. To qualify for this ranking, a credit union had to report more than $ 500 million in total assets and a net worth ratio of at least 7.0% as of Dec. 31, 2014. Based on these two criteria, there were 458 credit unions that qualified for this analysis.

For each institution, SNL calculated that credit union’s standard deviation from the mean for each of the ranking metrics. The standard deviations from the mean for each metric for each institution were then equally weighted and added together to calculate a performance score for each credit union. To help normalize the data and mitigate the impact of outliers, caps and floors were applied for each metric.

For the full report, click here.

The ranking of all 50 Credit Unions is also attached.

About SNL Financial

SNL Financial is a leading provider of financial information on more than 6,500 public companies and 50,000 private companies in the business sectors critical to the global economy: Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Real Estate, Energy, Metals & Mining, and Media & Communications. The SNL information service integrates breaking news, comprehensive data and expert analysis into an electronic database available online and updated around the clock. For more information, visit

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For Immediate Release: SNL Financial Announces Top 100 Best Performing Community Banks for 2014

New York, New York (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

Announced today, SNL Financial released its annual ranking of 2014’s top 100 best performing banks in two categories: community banks with assets between $ 500M and $ 5B and community banks with assets less than $ 500M. Of the companies with assets between $ 500M and $ 5 B, Dallas-based State Bank of Texas earned the top place. This is the first time the bank has made it to SNL’s top 100 list. Coming in as first and second runners-up, respectively, were Biscayne Bank of Coconut Grove, Florida and St. Martin Bank and Trust Company, of Saint Martinville, Louisiana.

For this ranking, SNL defined community banks as institutions with between $ 500 million and $ 5 billion in assets and 60 or fewer offices. In addition, at least one-third of the bank’s balance sheets must be composed of loans and less than half of those loans can be attributable to credit card lending. Moreover, the bank had to be well-capitalized according to regulatory standards and could not have a majority of revenue derived from nontraditional banking activities.

SNL ranked companies at the bank holding company level if consolidated data was reported; otherwise, the commercial bank subsidiary was used. Thrifts and companies that have parents with assets above $ 5 billion were excluded. Based on these criteria, 805 companies were eligible for the $ 500 million to $ 5 billion ranking.

In the category of best-performing community banks with assets under $ 500 million, Cherokee, Okla.-based Farmers Exchange Bank took the top spot for the second year in a row. Grand Ridge, Ill.-based Grand Ridge National Bank jumped to second place from No. 32 in 2013 after posting strong improvements in return on tangible assets, net interest margin and loan growth. Bank 7 of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ranked in third place.

For this ranking, SNL looked at commercial banks with less than $ 500 million in assets at year-end 2014, 60 or fewer offices, and loan portfolios accounting for more than one-third of total assets. Additionally, the bank’s loan portfolio had to consist of less than 50% credit card loans and no more than half of the bank’s revenue could be from nontraditional banking activities. Banks also had to be well-capitalized according to 2014 regulatory standards. Companies with a parent with more than $ 500 million in assets were generally excluded as well. Based on the above criteria, 3,921 banks were eligible for the ranking.

SNL ranked the best-performing community banks using six core financial performance metrics that focus on profitability, asset quality and growth for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, 2014. The metrics used include return on average tangible assets before tax, net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans, adjusted Texas ratio, efficiency ratio, net interest margin and loan growth for loans including those held for sale. SNL measured each company’s standard deviation from the mean of each metric. The standard deviations were equally weighted then added together to calculate a performance score for each company. Furthermore, the scores were capped to help normalize the data.

Click here to see list of the top 100 community banks between $ 500 million and $ 5 billion in assets for 2014 and here for the full report.

Click here for the 2013 ranking of the top 100 community banks between $ 500 million and $ 5 billion in assets.

Click here to see the list of the top 100 community banks under $ 500 million for 2014 and here for the full report.

Click here for the 2013 ranking of the top 100 community banks under $ 500 million.

Recognition: SNL will recognize the top performers in person at the fourth annual SNL Community Bankers Conference, April 15-16th, at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida. The conference features community bankers and advisors from across the country sharing operational and financial strategies they’ve found useful in driving profitability. Details and registration can be found at the SNL Knowledge Center’s website.

About SNL Financial

SNL Financial is a leading provider of financial information on more than 6,500 public companies and 50,000 private companies in the business sectors critical to the global economy: Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Real Estate, Energy, Metals & Mining, and Media & Communications. The SNL information service integrates breaking news, comprehensive data and expert analysis into an electronic database available online and updated around the clock. For more information, visit

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Department Stores in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

The Department Stores industry has struggled over the past five years, due to a weak retail environment and low consumer confidence following instability in global financial markets. Consumers have become increasingly price-conscious and reluctant to spend their discretionary income, preferring to pay down debt and increase savings. Over the five years through 2014-15, industry revenue is forecast to contract at an annualised 2.7% to $ 18.0 billion. Despite record low interest rates, consumers are expected to remain frugal in 2014-15, with industry revenue forecast to decline by 1.1%. The Department Stores industry is characterised by a very high level of concentration, with the top four enterprises accounting for the majority of industry revenue. As concentration is high, competition is intense. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Lauren Magner, “discounting is prevalent across many stores and product lines, particularly among the low- to mid-market department stores.” Major players have launched online platforms as a new avenue for revenue growth. Multichannel retailing activities are expected to become more prevalent over the next five years, as players attempt to ride the wave of growth from the online segment.

Restructuring activities have been rampant during the past five years. “Most major players have undergone structural changes in an attempt to tackle growing competition and reinvigorate retail spending,” says Magner. Wesfarmers has been successful in restructuring both of its department store brands, with Kmart streamlining its operations to focus solely on value products and Target strengthening its position in the mid-range market. David Jones has restructured its operations by tightening its grip on the premium market, and was acquired by South Africa’s Woolworths Holdings Limited in 2014. The industry will face increased competition from online retailers and international fashion giants over the next five years, which will constrain revenue growth. Furthermore, falling capital expenditure by mining companies and concerns regarding the competitiveness of Australian businesses will weigh heavily on household purchasing decisions. Consequently, over the five years through 2019-20, industry revenue is forecast to fall.

The Department Stores industry is highly concentrated. The top four major players are Wesfarmers Limited, Woolworths Ltd, Myer Holdings Limited and David Jones Limited. Major players in the industry have numerous retail outlets throughout Australia, both in metropolitan and regional areas. Considerably high barriers to entry ensure that industry concentration remains strong, as major players use economies of scale to achieve and maintain profitability. Department stores require large amounts of retail space in a number of locations to compete effectively in the Australian market. Such retail space is extremely rare and keeps competitors out of the industry. The industry in the mature stage of its life cycle, and there has been some merger and acquisition activity over the past five years.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Department Stores industry in Australia report page.

Department stores retail fabrics, soft goods, clothing, chinaware, glassware, housewares, perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries, furniture and household appliances. Goods are normally sold through separate instore departments. Department stores purchase products from wholesalers and manufacturers and sell them to consumers, generally without changing the products. They also undertake activities like customer service, product merchandising, advertising, inventory control and cash handling.

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Current Performance

Industry Outlook

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Products & Markets

Supply Chain

Products & Services

Major Markets

International Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Basis of Competition

Barriers to Entry

Industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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Worldwide Gold Market Landscape Reviewed and Forecast by Merchant Research & Consulting in Its Topical Research Study

London, UK (PRWEB) March 20, 2015

Gold is mined in about 90 countries from pole to pole. The major portion (33%) of the total gold supply comes from China, Australia and the United States. Both supply of and demand for this precious metal have been increasing continuously in the past few years; however, a small decline was registered in 2008.

Jewellery is the key application area of gold, capturing 45% of the worldwide demand. India and China account for about 50% of the total gold jewellery consumption, and these markets are forecast to record the highest growth rates in the offing. Investments in gold are also on the rise and represent yet another essential application area, accounting for around 30% share. Recently, the demand for gold has also been increasing from national central banks (NCBs) and particularly from banks of developing nations across Latin America, Asia and the Middle East region.

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Compressor Control System Market is expected to reach $5.05 Billion by 2020 – New Report by MarketsandMarkets

(PRWEB) March 20, 2015

According to the new market research report “Compressor Control System Market by Controlling Component (PLC and SCADA), Application (Oil & Gas, Refining, Petrochemical, Power Generation, Metal & Mining, and Fertilizer), & Geography – Analysis & Forecast to 2014 – 2020″, the Compressor Control System Market is expected to reach up to $ 5.05 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 6.37% between 2014 and 2020, which includes an in-depth analysis of the controlling components, applications, and geography.

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The report on the compressor control system market analyzes the key trends in the market on the basis of the demand in various industrial applications, such as oil & gas, refining, petrochemical, power generation, metals & mining, fertilizers, and so on. The report provides an in depth analysis of the various developments going on in this market, along with the key market trends. The component segment of the compressor control system has been sub-segmented on the basis of different types of components such as PLC, SCADA, and other components such as the transmitters, actuators, valves, drives, and so on.

The compressor control system market has witnessed various developments in the past few years. The companies in the Middle East, Africa, and North America have shown an extensive growth, majorly due to the oil & gas industry; they occupy a large market share in the compressor control ecosystem. The European companies are giving a fierce competition by mainly concentrating on innovative developments in the oil & gas, power generation, and petrochemical industries. Currently, the compressor control system market is endorsing a rampage of contracts, partnerships, agreements, mergers, acquisitions, expansions, new product launches, and other activities in the research and development field.

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The main building blocks of the value chain of the compressor control system market are: original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, system integrators, distributors, and the end-users. According to the present scenario, the oil & gas industry holds the major market share of the overall compressor control system market. Consequently, the players associated with the oil & gas applications also, in turn, account for the largest share in the compressor control system market. In the race of market leadership, Siemens AG (Germany) is ahead of all the other players in the compressor control market.

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