SECO Energy has positive financial news for its 210,000+ members. The not-for-profit electric cooperative is retiring a record $6.1 million in Capital Credits to current and former members. During the September Board Meeting, the SECO Board approved the record-high $6.1 million Capital Credit retirement.
Current members will see their portion of the retirement on their November billing statement. Look for a line item labeled “Capital Credit Ret.” Active commercial members with retirements over $600 will receive a check. Former members who receive a retirement over $10 will receive a check at their last known mailing address.
Capital Credits are unique to not-for-profit, cooperatively structured businesses. SECO members own a portion of the cooperative’s equity. Members’ energy purchases build patronage capital. Ownership is defined through the annual process of allocating each member’s share of the co-op’s margins from the prior year. Individual Capital Credit allocations represent the percentage of the yearly amount of electric service purchased by each member.
CEO Jim Duncan stated, “I am especially pleased that SECO can offer members a record-high Capital Credits retirement payout this year. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty have been stressful. Capital Credits are a tangible benefit of the not-for-profit cooperative business model. The cooperative has retired over $72.9 million to current and former members since energizing the first few hundred services in 1938.”
Capital Credits are the accumulation of all prior years’ revenues after SECO’s operating costs and expenses are paid. These credits are allocated on a pro-rata basis to each SECO member’s account as Capital Credits in accordance with the cooperative’s not-for-profit 501(c)12 status. Annually, SECO examines the cooperative’s financial position and makes a recommendation to the Board of Trustees on the retirement of Capital Credits. The $6.1 million Capital Credits retirement pays out a portion of SECO’s equity to current and former members.