Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index for August 2013 Reports Record Big Bank Approval Rates for Second Straight Month While Small Banks Granted More Than Half of Loan Requests

Analysis Finds Slight Increase in Credit Union Approvals, Small Dip by Alternative Lenders

NEW YORK, NY, September 10, 2013 - Small business loan approvals at big banks ($10 billion+ in assets) jumped to an all-time index high of 17.6% in August 2013 from 17.4% in July, according to the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a monthly analysis of 1,000 loan applications on Biz2Credit.com.

In a year-to-year comparison, big bank approval rates have increased by more than 62 percent from the 10.9% approval rate in August 2012. It is the second straight record month for loan approvals by big banks.

Small banks granted more loan requests than they rejected as approvals rose to 50.7% in August from 49.4% in July. Credit union lending also improved slightly to 45.3% in August, up from 45.1% last month. It is the second consecutive month of increases for credit unions after more than a year of declines. Alternative lender approvals of small business loans dropped to 63.1% in August from 63.2% in July.

"Banks, both large and small, are becoming more aggressive in small business lending since it has proven to be a profitable part of their portfolios," said Biz2Credit CEO, Rohit Arora who oversaw the research. "Additionally, banks typically attract higher quality borrowers than credit unions and alternative lenders, so they are becoming more apt to grant loan requests. Five years after the Great Recession, small business lending landscape is better than at any time since 2008."

"The resurgence of small business loan-making at traditional banks is impacting alternative lenders, who generally charge higher interest rates," Arora explained. "Borrowers would rather apply to banks with brand names that they trust, particularly since they are easing their lending criteria and granting more loans than at any time since the recession."

Month Big Bank
Approval %
Small Bank
Approval %
Credit Union
Approval %
Alternative
Lenders Approval %
Aug. 2012 10.90% 47.80% 52.90% 64.50%
Sept. 2012 14.20% 47.60% 52.40% 64.60%
Oct. 2012 14.80% 50.10% 49.20% 64.70%
Nov. 2012 13.20% 49.20% 48.40% 64.50%
Dec. 2012 14.90% 49.80% 47.60% 63.80%





Jan. 2013 15.30% 49.90% 46.90% 63.70%
Feb. 2013 15.90% 50.30% 45.90% 63.70%
Mar. 2013 15.70% 50.80% 45.50% 63.60%
Apr. 2013 16.80% 50.90% 45.20% 63.40%
May. 2013 17.30% 49.50% 45.00% 63.30%
June 2013 16.9% 49.8% 44.8% 63.4%
July 2013 17.4% 49.4% 45.1% 63.2%
Aug. 2013 17.60% 50.70% 45.30% 63.10%