Credit Risk Assessment Models of Retail Microfinancing: The Case of a Malaysian National Savings Bank’s Branch

Mazni Asrida Abdullah, Azlina Ahmad, Nor Azam Mat Nayan, Zubir Azhar, Abd-Razak Ahmad


Internal ratings have been used by banks to evaluate the creditworthiness of their borrowers with diverse practices. This research aims to analyse the practice of assessing (or predicting) the credit performance of microfinancing loans of a Malaysian bank and to suggest how the existing performance of credit assessment model can be improved. Logistic regression was used to investigate the predictive ability of information on business operators’ management and accounting skills as factors to predict default risk of borrowers. The combination of these information formed the three (3) models that were used in the analysis. The accuracy rate of each model was then measured. A sample of respondents was selected among microfinance borrowers in a national savings bank’s branch in Malaysia. A total of 106 questionnaires were used for data analysis. The findings suggest that good credit rating, business experience, business financial and forecasting capability are factors associated with whether SMEs will default or not in their payments. The combination of credit score used currently by the bank and the new information produced by this research increases the bank’s ability to predict default.

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International Journal of Financial Research
ISSN 1923-4023(Print)ISSN 1923-4031(Online)


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