The shareholder patronage for 2015 now raises to $367.9 million the total patronage amount made available by CO-OP since the CUSO became a cooperative in 1996.
The $53.3 million patronage is partially the result of the company's sale during 2015 of most of its investment in Ensenta Corporation of Redwood Shores, California. CO-OP first invested in this provider of self-service and image solutions in 2006, and the tech firm now holds four patents for its image capture capabilities.
"We were able to apply some gains from the sale of Ensenta stock for shareholder patronage, and at the same time maintain a Board seat to influence product development direction for the good of credit unions," said Stan Hollen, President/CEO of CO-OP. "The transaction was among many milestones for CO-OP that made the past year among the most eventful in the company's history, all of which contributed to a record patronage and maximum return on value for our shareholders."
Highlights for CO-OP during the past year include:
CO-OP is the nation's largest CUSO in terms of number of credit unions (3,500 institutions) and members (60 million account holders) served. The company manages the industry's leading consumer brand name via the nationwide, 30,000-strong CO-OP ATM and 5,400-strong CO-OP Shared Branch networks.
The Annual Meeting of CO-OP Shareholders will be held during the THINK 16 Conference in the San Diego, California area. The meeting will take place at 8 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday, May 5. To register immediately for the THINK 16 Conference, visit www.co-opthink.org.
For more information, visit www.co-opfs.org.
About CO-OP Financial
CO-OP Financial Services is a financial technology company that supports 3,500 credit unions and 60 million members by providing a cutting-edge suite of customizable tools and services. The company was the first in its industry to merge purpose, innovation and technology to help credit unions advance the industry mission of people helping people. To learn more visit www.co-opfs.org.