Asset Quality Score
Bankrate uses this test to estimate the impact of troubled assets, such as unpaid mortgages, on the credit union's reserves set aside to cover loan losses, as well as overall capitalization.
A credit union with extensive holdings of these types of assets could eventually be required to use capital to cover losses, diminishing its buffer of equity. It also means that there are likely to be many assets that are in non-accrual status and thus aren't earning money, resulting in diminished earnings and potentially more risk of a failure in the future.
ST. ALPHONSUS MEDICAL did better than the national average of 38.09 on Bankrate's test of asset quality, racking up 40 out of a possible 40 points .
A lower-than-average ratio of problem assets of 0.00 percent in our test was potentially indicative of superior financial strength compared to other credit unions.