Nomis Solutions Announces Pricing and Profitability Management Suite for Retail Banks

San Bruno, CA (PRWEB) December 2, 2008

Nomis Solutions, a leader in best-in-class Pricing and Profitability Management for financial services companies, today revealed its expanded suite of solutions and services for optimal customer acquisition and portfolio management. Available immediately, the Nomis Solutions Pricing and Profitability Management SuiteTM for Retail Banks capitalizes on Nomis Solutions’ domain expertise within retail banking. Through a combination of advanced analytics, innovative technology, and tailored business practices and processes, the Suite for Retail Banks improves financial and operational performance on both sides of the balance sheet.

“In today’s turbulent market, pricing has taken on a new level of importance,” shared Kathleen Khirallah, managing director and practice leader of the banking practice at TowerGroup. “Consumer lending executives need to ensure they are appropriately pricing for profit and risk. Deposits executives need to price appropriately to achieve funding targets without ‘giving away the farm.’ These goals can only be successfully achieved by using an understanding of customer response to pricing — a key insight that is missing from most pricing decisions today.”

With a scarcity and higher cost of capital, unstable portfolios, and an unpredictable competitive landscape, bank executives need to be proactive and look for new approaches to pricing and profitability management. This begins with the rates they offer consumers for loans and deposits products. With the ability to quantify consumer response to pricing, executives can align pricing goals and a pricing strategy with business objectives and financial performance targets. Because they are able to forecast what new loans they can expect to acquire before putting actual prices into the market, banking and finance management can have an intelligent debate on the inevitable tradeoffs such as profit, volume and risk goals, tier/term mix, credit score distribution, and loan-to-value (LTV) that will occur as a result of a pricing action.

Once performance goals are set, prices can be optimized to achieve profit, volume and balance targets from the loan portfolio level down to the micro-segment level. Executives can measure the impact of a competitor price change or recent exit on their business. The benefits include: increased profits and/or market share, higher returns on assets, improved deposits balances, more control over risk, a cohesive view of key performance indicators (KPIs) and the use of a more structured, repeatable and efficient pricing process.

For lenders, the ability to predict the impact of price on consumer response enables them to optimize their credit and term mix within the context of their risk and asset backed securities (ABS) conduit tolerances. For deposits executives, an understanding of consumer response to deposit rates at the point of sale and renewal helps drive incremental margin improvements and helps banks reduce its overall cost of funds.

“Although pricing is one of the most effective ways to immediately impact financial performance, it’s dramatically underutilized by most banks today,” said Frank Rohde, chief marketing officer at Nomis Solutions. “Our analysis shows that responsiveness to price is changing on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, which is the most rapidly changing consumer behavior that we’ve witnessed to date. Executives need to better understand and quantify how this changing behavior is impacting their performance and if and when to make price changes in order to meet their business objectives.”

Three integrated solutions comprise the Pricing and Profitability Suite for Retail Banking: