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May/2022

Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index™ Reports Business Loan Approval Rates Up Slightly in May 2022

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Banks with assets greater than $10 billion
Big banks ($10m + in assets) rose from 15.1% in April to 15.3% in May, according to the latest Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index™ released today.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 390,000 in May, and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6%, according to the Jobs Report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Friday, June 3. Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, in professional and business services, and in transportation and warehousing. Many of these jobs are created by small businesses. However, employment in retail trade declined.

Biz2Credit analyzed loan requests from companies in business more than two years with credit scores above 680. The results are based on primary data submitted by more than 1,000 small business owners who applied for funding on Biz2Credit's platform. To view the report for May 2022, click here.

Monthly Comparison
+0.2%
15.3%
May 2022
15.1%
April 2022
Yearly Comparison
+1.8%
15.3%
May 2022
13.5%
May 2021
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"Small businesses are still trying to figure out their funding needs and must consider rising interest rates. With inflation, entrepreneurs need funding for growth,” said Biz2Credit CEO Rohit Arora, one of the nation’s leading experts in small business lending and fintech.

Rohit Arora
Biz2Credit CEO
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Small Banks Image
Banks with assets less than $10 billion
small banks’ approvals also increased from 20.8% in April to 20.9% in May, according to the latest Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index™ released today.
Monthly Comparison
+0.1%
20.9%
May 2022
20.8%
April 2022
Yearly Comparison
+2.2%
20.9%
May 2022
18.7%
May 2021
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Investment groups or large investment portfolios such as insurance funds, mutual funds and hedge funds
Institutional lenders approved 25.5% of loan requests in May, up one-tenth of a percent from 25.4% in April.
Monthly Comparison
+0.1%
25.5%
May 2022
25.4%
April 2022
Yearly Comparison
+1.9%
25.5%
May 2022
23.6%
May 2021
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Independent lending organizations not licensed as banks or credit unions
Alternative lenders’ approval rates rose from 26.8% in April to 26.9% in May.
Monthly Comparison
+0.1%
26.9%
May 2022
26.8%
April 2022
Yearly Comparison
+2.8%
26.6%
May 2022
24.3%
May 2021
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"The cost of capital for small business borrowers will rise, since most small business funding comes at variable rates,” added Arora. “The continued incremental increase in loan approval percentages is encouraging. For the past year, it really has been a case of ‘slow and steady wins the race’." Arora says the lending industry is watching closely what the SBA does, specifically whether the agency will approve fintech companies to process SBA loans.

Rohit Arora
Biz2Credit CEO
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Arora says the lending industry is watching closely what the SBA does, specifically whether the agency will approve fintech companies to process SBA loans.
Credit unions held steady at 20.6% for the second month in a row.
Monthly Comparison
0.0%
20.6%
May 2022
20.6%
April 2022
Yearly Comparison
+0.2%
20.6%
May 2022
20.4%
May 2021

The Report

About Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index™

The Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index™ is an analysis of 1,000 monthly loan applications on the Biz2Credit website. The Index reports the loan approval rates of small business financing requests at Big Banks ($10 billion+ in assets), local and regional banks and non-bank lenders (credit unions, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI), micro lenders, and others).

Unlike other surveys, the results are based on primary data submitted by more than 1,000 entrepreneurs who applied for funding on Biz2Credit's online lending platform, which connects small business borrowers with sources of capital.

Results of the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index™ have been reported by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur.com, Bloomberg Radio's "The Hays Advantage", SBA Radio, NY Daily News, Crain's NY Business, Michigan Banker, and other media.