CAR Unirea Petrosani IFN

History
CAR Unirea Petroşani IFN is originated in 1954, when a group of workers form I.U.M. Petrosani, a mining equipment factory, joined together to create an association of mutual aid of the factory's workers. The association was, as the law stated, subordinated to the workers union and had the purpose of providing financial aid to it's members whenever they needed it. A testimonial about these first years are coming from one of our senior members, Pruntea Marcel, now 76 years old, who declared: "With loans form the C.A.R i purchased furniture, TV set, washing machine. All my life the C.A.R. was by my side in reaching my goals!" 

Casa de Ajutor Reciproc IUMP activated until 1989, just like any other credit union, deeply connected to the factory that hosted it. After 1990 IUMP started a slow decline, successive collective layoffs affected a large percentage of the employees, so the credit union was forced to reach for solutions to stay in the market

In 1997 Casa de Ajutor Reciproc a Salariaţilor IUM Petroşani was re-registered as a not-for-profit association, completely independent from unions, parties or government institutions, with the purpose of granting mutual-aid loans to it's members.  The process of attracting employees outside IUMP(later UMIROM S.A.) reinforced the members numbers with employees from CONSMIN S.A., UPSRUEEM S.A., UACCVJ S.A. and other companies. The range of loans was also completed, to increase the attractivity of the services.

In 2002 the connection with IUM Petrosani was mostly lost, due to the accelerated decline of the factory, so the conference of the members decided to change the credit unions name into CAR Unirea Petroşani. In the same name the offices were relocated to a new, modern, well equipped building in a very good location in the center of Petrosani, in a place a lot more conveniently accessible to all the members. The new office increased exposure and created the premises to attract new members with all kinds of backgrounds.

Honoring a trend, encouraged by UTCAR Hunedoara, of merging credit unions in more powerful entities, CAR Unirea Petrosani absorbed in 2007 three smaller credit unions: CAR UEH Vulcan (659 members), CAR Preparatia Coroesti Vulcan (414 members) and CAR EM Paroseni (146 members). This merger created a powerful and stable financial institution, for the benefit of all members. Beside doubling members, the members shares account and the entire capital increased significantly too. The obvious benefits were enhanced by a modern operational management and the  decision of uniting the two Vulcan agencies into only one: the Coroesti Agency.

Right now the credit union has four offices: the headquartes in Petrosani, the Coroesti agency in Vulcan, the Paroseni agency in the Paroseni mine's office building and in the City Hall of Banita, a relatively new branch that appeared with the mayors help, as a compliance of the countywide effort of expanding in the rural areas

Activity
The main financial results of the year 2013, compared to the previous year, are a proof of the positive trend determined by a correct management:

 

2012

2013

%

Own capital

45 693

53 153

116,33

Members shares

7 066 173

8 097 775

114,60

Granted loans

8 199 930

7 979 240

97,31

Productive assets

9 394 608

10 925 223

116,30

Reserves

2 346 300

2 828 727

120,99

By enforcing a flexible policy, permanently adapted the members requirements, several important results were achieved:

  • a) Maintaining and increasing the members confidence in our services, emphasized by:
    • An increase of their numbers by 133, newly enrolled or transferred from other credit unions;
    • the increase of 1.032 milion lei members shares, reaching a total of 8 milion lei. It's important to emphasize the average shares value per member, that grew with 246 lei, reaching 3011 lei/member.
  • b) the solvency şi permanent liquidity allowed the immediate or rapid granting of an impressive number of loans, totalizing 8 milion lei. The average loan grew with 784 lei, reaching 3992 lei. 
  • c) Several further figures undoubtably emphasize the solidity and the capital adequacy:
    • The total of granted loans, are are totally covered by the members shares and represent 77.4 of the productive assets.
    • In order to finance these 1.13 milion lei we used entirely the credit union's own capital, no aid from the UTCAR liquidity fund was necessary;
    • The member shares per own capital rate stays steadily around 36%, way more than the mandatory 13% established by the National Credit Union Association's supervising department.

2013 brought a surplus of 1,231 million lei, that allowed us to reward the members shares with 8.64%, a percentage that is a lot higher that the interest rates offered by banks for long term deposits. The amount of retribution depends on the members seniority, the value of the members shares and the members activity during the year.

Range of services
Granting loans, as the most important part of our activity, engages about 77.4% of the financial assets. The productive assests generated in 2013 an income of  2.1 milion lei , an increase of 7.46 % compared to the previous year.  The management prudency policy meant maintaining a healty 30.15 % liquidity rate. This, combined with the increase of the credit unions own capital creates the premises of protecting members shares and in the meantime swiftly honor the loans requested by members.

We are permanently focusing on the customer relations as one of the most important aspects of the activity. Members are treated with efficency, respect and solicitude, as one of the credit unions most important asset. Loans are granted with maximum speed, immediately or in the next day of finalizing the paperwork.

The following loans are awarded by CAR Unirea Petroşani IFN:
  • traditional loans – depending on the dimension of the member's share account (up to 5 times) and the seniority as member;
  • diversified loans – depending only on the creditworthyness of the member.

Reimbursement periods vary depending on the type of the loan and are up o 60 months.

Besides the traditional burial aid granted to successors if a member dies, extended in tha last years to other family members too, CAR Unirea IFN created a social-humanitary aid fund, in order to grant other non-refundable aids occasioned by different events in the members lives (marriage, birth of a baby, etc.). These, in addition to the participation to the "Development Through Knowledge" scholarship fund, shows how seriously the social role of the credit unions is taken by CAR Unirea Petrosani IFN.

The financial crisis, doubled by the problems created by the decline of the mining industry, deepened the reimbursement problems. A lot of the members got affected, so CAR Unirea IFN needed to develop policies dealing with it: a careful analisys of the loan requests,  adequacy of the granted sums, a correct management of the reimbursement terms. The manifested prudency, combined with maintaining a permanent contact with the members are meant to help us successfully cross the crisis period, side by side by our members.

The manamegent policy will continue to focus on increasing the attractivity of our services and motivating members fidelity. We look ahead with optimism, convinced that we'll continue to meet our members needs and requirements, we'll maintain our capability of offering financial aid, both to out new and existing members.

Agencies/Contact

CAR UNIREA PETROŞANI IFN Headquarters

 


 

Coroeşti – Vulcan Agency

  • Str. N.Titulescu bl.4T sc.3 ap.2, CP 336200, jud.Hunedoara
  • Phone:   0354 - 108716
  • Fax:         0354 - 108716
  • Business hours: 8,00 – 16,00

 


 

Paroşeni Agency

  • Vulcan, str.Paroşeni nr.22, CP 336200, jud. Hunedoara
  • Phone: 0354108717
  • Business hours: 15,30 – 17,30

 


 

3. Băniţa Branch

  • Băniţa, str.Gării nr.201, CP 337065, jud.Hunedoara
  • Phone: 0765501850

 

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Membri/Members
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Economic indicators at 2013-12-31

 

Indicator

 

 

2013-12-31

 

Number of members

 

 

2689

 

Social fund

 

 

8097 mii lei

 

Loans granted (amount)

 

 

8455 mii lei

 

Productive assets

 

 

10925 mii lei

 

Number of employees

 

 

7

 

Contact    

    CAR Unirea Petrosani IFN
     Str. 1 Decembrie 1918, nr. 120, parter
     332057Petrosani , Hunedoara 

     tel./fax 0254-540185      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,      

Președinte/President - Tarța Vasile
Dir.economic/CFO - Ologu Violeta

Agentii/Agencies: Vulcan, Paroseni, PL Banita