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  • in reply to: Financials 2019 #2238

    Q: Office expenses 1,639,096 and 2,160,694 Does this indicate greater internal efficiency ? if yes what steps were taken ?

    A: Office Expenses comprises items such as Stationery & Supplies, Security Charges, i.e. the cost of cash courier services, Travelling, Equipment Rental, Computer Expenses, Postage, etc. The YoY decline is indeed an indicator of greater internal efficiency, as even greater focus was placed on the prudent management of all expenditure in 2019.

    The largest declines occurred in Travelling, Postage and Stationery & Supplies. The decline in Travelling arose as the credit union strategically replaced its outsourced non-cash courier service with one run by staff, while the decline in the other items was obtained through the strategic usage of bulk procurement and closer monitoring of usage, as well as the use of more cost-effective modes of communication.

    Q: How is dividend shared and loan rebate ?If you pay interest on you loan even if you are late on payments why are you not able to get rebate on the interest you have already paid?

    A: The formula for calculating Dividend is: Average of the Lowest Daily Balance of each month, rounded down to the nearest $20, multiplied by the Rate. The result of the formula above was further multiplied by 75% to arrive at the Dividend that was paid on July 8, 2020.Regarding Rebate, members who were more than 7 days’ delinquent at the time of payout were excluded.

    Q: What contributed to the almost 4 times increase in Other Expenses in 2019, and also what does this expense entail?

    A: Other Expenses comprises all other operating expenditure not categorised elsewhere, e.g. the cost of consumer credit reports, fees for utilisation of the Grace Kennedy Corp bill payment service, provision of in-branch refreshments for Members, various corporate/business subscriptions, the annual bursary sponsored.

    The YoY increase in Other Expenses is (mainly) attributable to the payment of outstanding Green Fund Levy due for the period 2013-2019, which totalled $1.747M.

    Q: The budget suggests expected credit losses to be $7,325,953 but there is a resolution for debt write off of 19,835,829.72. Please explain.

    A: Budgeted expected credit losses on loans for 2020 represents the additional credit losses expected on the the portfolio in 2020. However, expected credit losses on the amount proposed for write-off were already recognised as at December 31, 2019. This is incorporated in the expected credit loss balance of $110M, as per Note 8.1 on page 71.

    Q: With respect to the Member of the future fund. Why a fund versus operational strategic initiative with staff dedicated to recruiting and on boarding new members ?

    A: The allocation to Member of the Future Fund will be managed by the staff.

    Q: Would the 25% remaining dividend to be credited to members accounts be done automatically as previous permission was given how to remit the 75%?

    A: The remaining dividend will be paid by October 31, 2020

    Q: In response to the resolution to write off $19.8M in the year 2020, I make the following comments: In 2018 $$27.4 was provisioned. In 2019 it was $7.5M. In 2020, the budget expects another $7.3M. Understandably much of these were nonperforming “legacy” loans. Has the banking technical skills hired to redress the non performing portfolio delivered? Succession planning program in place?

    A: VENTURE continues to recruit the necessary persons with the required skills and capabilities to fulfill the tasks assigned. Staff assigned to addressing non-performing loans also address the quality of new loans where the delinquency factor is better than industry average. The quality of the “legacy” loans results in long cycle times to resolve. Our policy framework acknowledges the need for adequate succession planning and these recommendations are being followed.

    Q: Please indicate why such a low percentage was used to calculate dividend?

    A: The quantum of the Dividend payout hinges on a number of criteria. As a responsible financial institution, characterised by good governance, it is incumbent upon the credit union to observe those guidelines that serve to ensure that the strength of the institution is never compromised. VENTURE takes its fiduciary responsibilty to the membership quite seriously.

    Key among these criteria is the maintenance of a minimum level of institutional capital, i.e. the ratio of reserves and undivided earnings to total assets. The Board seeks, as far as possible, to restrict payouts such that this is maintained. In this way, the membership can be assured that the credit union continues with the ability to earn returns that can possibly enable even greater payouts going forward.

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    in reply to: Society Operations #2237

    Q: What is happening with the VENTURE cards that are serviced via JMMB? A lot of people are having problems using the card.

    A: The JMMB Card issue is being addressed by JMMB as the problem was encountered when they changed to a new banking system. We are working closely with them to resolve in the shortest possible timeframe.

    Q: Would Venture consider partnering with another financial institution besides JMMB, for example First Citizens Bank?

    A: VENTURE is currently considering all available options to serve our Members.

    Q: What strategies and initiatives will the credit union be taking to assist Members who have been affected either by unemployment or reduced business for the year 2021 and beyond?

    A: VENTURE is continuously reviewing approaches to assisting Members who are experiencing financial difficulties within the parameters outlined in the our policy framework. You are invited to visit and discuss your personal situation with one of our loans officers.

    Q: What is the procedure for unsecured loans for the small business owner wanting to expand their business?

    A: The Member can submit their loan proposal together with financing requirements eg. Business plan, financials etc. The application will be reviewed to determine the risk factors, VENTURE’s membership tolerance for risk and to ensure the protection of other Members’ funds to prevent further deterioration of the loan portfolio and possible debt write off.

    Q: Do persons over 60 benefit from the Credit Union. Please share ways they can. Say something on health plan for members over 60

    A: A listing of all our products and services are located on our website This includes our insurance products. We currently have our Silver Advantage Card geared towards Members 55yrs and over. With this card Members enjoy Preferential annual rate on your Fixed Deposit, Preferential rate on loans for any purpose (subject to normal lending criteria),Exemption on all service charges (excluding legal and Credit Bureau fees),Waiver of Visa Debit Card fee,Quick service lines at VENTURE branches, No more waiting for loan interviews, Zero Membership Fees, A Free Silver Advantage Card. We are currently working to increase the benefits of this programme.

    Q: How does one get to serve on the “Member of the Future Fund” Committee?

    A: All Committees are appointed by the Board and selection done by the Chairman of that Committee

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