SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Joint Corp. (NASDAQ: JYNT), the nation's largest provider of chiropractic care through The Joint Chiropractic® network announces its latest FRANdata FUND score of 910 out of 950. Such a high score suggests franchising with The Joint is a lower default risk for lenders and gives franchisees seeking financing access to better credit terms. According to FRANdata, the average FUND score is 593.
Similar to a FICO score on consumers, a FUND Score on franchise systems is used by banks to help determine their willingness to make loans to a particular brand and, if so, to help banks structure and set financial terms of the loan. A total of 12 credit risk factors are evaluated for each brand. The resulting score informs a lender of the likelihood that borrowers in a specific franchise system will meet the loan agreement terms.
"FRANdata's review validates why entrepreneurs are choosing to invest in The Joint Chiropractic," said Peter D. Holt.
FUND Scores have been applied to hundreds of franchise systems. Both quantitative and qualitative factors are consistently used, providing a proper perspective of what good and poor franchise performance look like from a lender's perspective.
"I'm very proud to see the continuation of such a high FUND score for The Joint Chiropractic. FRANdata's independent review of our company validates and echoes why so many entrepreneurs are choosing to invest in our brand," said Peter D. Holt, president and CEO of The Joint Corp.About The Joint ChiropracticThe Joint Corp. revolutionized access to chiropractic care when it introduced its retail healthcare business model in 2010. Today, it is the nation's largest operator, manager and franchisor of chiropractic clinics through The Joint Chiropractic network. The company is making quality care convenient and affordable, while eliminating the need for insurance, for millions of patients seeking pain relief and ongoing wellness. With over 800 locations nationwide and more than 12 million patient visits annually, The Joint Chiropractic is a key leader in the chiropractic industry. Ranked number one on Forbes' 2022 America's Best Small Companies list, number three on Fortune's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list in 2022 and consistently named to Franchise Times "Top 400+ Franchises" and Entrepreneur's "Franchise 500®" lists, The Joint Chiropractic is an innovative force, where healthcare meets retail. For more information, visit URL.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains statements about future events and expectations that constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on our beliefs, assumptions and expectations of industry trends, our future financial and operating performance and our growth plans, taking into account the information currently available to us. These statements are not statements of historical fact. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations of future results we express or imply in any forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on such statements. Factors that could contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to, the nationwide labor shortage, which has negatively impacted our ability to identify and recruit qualified chiropractors and other personnel to staff our clinics, inflation, which has led to increased labor costs and interest rates and may lead to reduced discretionary spending by our current and potential patients, the continuing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has caused significant disruption to our operations in the past and may continue to do so in the future in ways that remain unpredictable, our inability to successfully implement our growth strategy if we or our franchisees are unable to locate and secure sites for clinic locations or attract patients to our clinics, a failure to profitably operate company-owned or managed clinics, short-selling strategies and negative opinions posted on the internet which could drive down the market price of our common stock and result in class action lawsuits, our failure to remediate any future material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting, which could negatively impact our ability to accurately report our financial results, prevent fraud, or maintain investor confidence, expected new federal regulations and state laws and regulations regarding joint employer responsibility, which could negatively impact the franchise business model, a breach of our IT security systems and those of our third-party service providers (as recently experienced by one of our marketing vendors), which could result in civil liability and a diminished public perception of our security measures, and other factors described in our filings with the SEC, including in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the SEC on March 14, 2022 and subsequently-filed current and quarterly reports. 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Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indications of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.Business StructureThe Joint Corp. is a franchisor of clinics and an operator of clinics in certain states. In Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming, The Joint Corp. and its franchisees provide management services to affiliated professional chiropractic practices.SOURCE The Joint Corp.