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Business Loan Approval Rates Show Slight Increase in May, Says Biz2Credit Report

Biz2Credit Small Business Loan Index June 2022 Loan approval rates continue to slowly increase, with large and small banks seeing the strongest growth in May. “The continued incremental increase in loan approval percentage is encouraging,” said Biz2Credit CEO Rohit Arora.

Aurora noted that the majority of small business loan financing is variable rate. As interest rates rise, this could lead to an increase in the cost of borrowing capital for small businesses, he added.

Biz2Credit is an online lending platform and publishes monthly loan approval rate reports. The report is based on loan applications from 1,000 small business owners.

The report includes loan approval rates through May 2022.

May Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index Key Data

Here is some information from the latest Biz2Credit Small Business Loan Index:

Big banks

Large banks (those with more than $10 billion in assets) achieved an approval rating of 15.3%. This follows a steady increase: 15.1% in April, 14.9% approval in March, compared to 14.7 in February and 14.5% in January.

Two years ago, loan approval rates for major banks were 28.3%.

Small banks

The approval rating for small banks rose to 20.9% in May from 20.8% in April. Rates were 20.6% in February.

Two years ago, the loan approval rate for small banks was 50%.

Institutional lenders

Institutional lenders saw their approval ratings rise by a tenth of a point to 25.5% in May. Previous rates were 25.1% in January, 25.2% in February, 25.3% in March and 25.4% in April.

Two years ago, the lending rate for institutional lenders was 66.5%.

Alternative lenders

Alternative lender approval rates fell from 26.8% in April to 26.9% in May. Rates were 26.6% in March.

Two years ago, the loan approval rate for alternative lenders was 55.9%.

credit unions

Credit union rates remained stable at 20.6%. Approval rates for credit union loans have remained flat for several months, at less than a tenth of a point.

Two years ago, the credit union loan approval rate was 39.6%.

How Biz2Credit compiles the report

Biz2Credit analyzes loan applications from companies that have been in business for more than 2 years, which also have a credit score of 680 points or higher. Biz2Credit compiles data from over 1,000 companies to prepare the report.

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