FARGO, ND – For 112 consecutive quarters (27 years!), Gate City Bank has received a prestigious five-star rating from BauerFinancial™ for the exceptional products and services we offer customers throughout North Dakota and central Minnesota.
Bauer is considered one of the nation’s most trusted sources for reliable, unbiased and unpurchased assessments for financial institutions. So when a bank is awarded five stars on the quarterly Best of Bauer list, it overwhelmingly suggests three things: strength, safety and security. Gate City Bank has been proud to have those words associated with our name for decades – most recently in June 2023.
“Gate City Bank has been driven by a sincere desire to create a better way of life for our customers, communities and team members for over 100 years.” says Kevin Hanson, President & CEO. “We’re beyond honored that Bauer has put its faith behind our mission and performance for so long. These ratings speak volumes in terms of our dedication to those we serve throughout North Dakota and central Minnesota.”
A renowned research firm, Bauer has successfully analyzed and reported on the health of the financial services industry since 1983. It rose to prominence during the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, proving itself as a guiding light for countless consumers at a time when lost savings tied to uninsured deposits were a stark reality. Bauer was also a voice of reason during the Great Recession of 2008.
Through thick and thin, Bauer has kept a watchful eye – giving a nod to banks that have done well by their customers in impactful ways. Its diligence has earned it the reputation of being “the nation’s bank-rating service.” By visiting Bauer’s website, customers can easily search for different financial institutions and scope out their ratings, an invaluable resource for those seeking a bank they can rely on.
Bauer’s rating process is simple and straightforward: Assemble the raw data that’s included in financial reports sent to federal regulators, then give it the smell test. No institution pays for its rating, nor can they elect to avoid it.
The firm is especially good at zeroing in on capital ratio, which banks are required to maintain at a minimum of 4%. Gate City Bank has always maintained an exceptionally high capital ratio, which is currently at 9.7%. Bauer also considers other factors when establishing its ratings, such as:
Bauer even accounts for banks’ community reinvestment efforts when determining its rankings. As a mutual bank that doesn’t answer to shareholders, Gate City Bank is in a much better position to give back, keeping our focus where it matters most – the communities we call home.
At Gate City Bank, we’re incredibly thankful for the experts at Bauer and the crucial role they play in encouraging a better way of life for banking customers across the U.S. The firm continuously inspires us to be the best we can be for our customers, communities and team members, helping us create a better way of life that’s worthy of five stars.