Spain, along with the UK and Ireland have been the most active portfolio transaction markets in Europe given that banks locally have been very active in cleaning up their balance sheets, a report by PwC points out.
The recovery in Spain’s property market is good news for the country’s banks as it will provide a boost for the economy as a whole, while helping reduce the “toxic” real estate assets on the lenders’ balance sheets, says the rating agency.
Confusing costs with revenues, or assets with liabilities, is lethal if you are analysing the situation of the banks. It now appears that, according to some so-called experts, the ECB and its low interest rate policy is to blame for the weakness and lack of profitability amongst Spanish banks.
Renta 4 | Spain’s big banks H2 results expected to be weaker.
Spain’s top five banks posted a combined net profit of 7.989 billion euros in the first half of 2015, up 48 percent from a year earlier, thanks to the improving economic situation and a decline in bad loans provisions.
The Corner | July 27, 2015 | Spain’s bailed-out lender Bankia saw its first-half profit rose 11.5 percent from a year ago, as it reported on Monday. Net profit rose 10.3 per cent to €311m, versus a consensus of analysts’ expectations of €277.8m. Charges against bad debts fell and offset weaker revenue from lending.
The Corner | July 26, 2015 | Spanish listed banks’ Q2’15 earnings season starts today. Analysts at AFI are less optimistic than consensus estimates.
The Corner | June 28, 2015 | Seven years after the crisis, and after a widespread restructuring process, Spanish banks still need to achieve a sustainable business model, the country’s central bank governor said.
MADRID | May 6, 2015 | By Francisco López | Spanish banks first quarter results have been very good in terms of earnings, but a closer look at their recurrent business is not so positive. The seven banks listed on the Ibex 35 index earned € 1,677 million in the first three months of the year, up 32% from a year earlier.