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Some healthy credit unions have called on Sandler O’Neill to discuss the opportunity to add scale through merging with a troubled CU. While this might make sense intuitively, we’ve actually seen many credit unions grow increasingly reticent to merge, given the true asset quality of the would-be merger partners. We hope the caution spreads to all potential buyers because there may be nothing more distracting and debilitating than a bad merger.

Peter Westerman

Credit Union Times

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