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Santander to reinforce solvency with capital increase of €7bn

MADRID | The Corner | The stock listing of Santander, Spain and the euro zone´s largest bank was provisionally suspended on Thursday ahead of the imminent approval of a capital increase of €7Bn. When trading was suspended, shares were priced at €6.85, a rebound of 3.31%.

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EU banks would need extra €460bn to meet GLAC requirements

MADRID | The Corner | The results of the stress test will presumably be positive for the 128 European entities, although some experts do not rule out new capital increases and Coco bonds issuances, not only to strengthen their balance sheets, but also to meet other capital requirements such as gone concern loss-absorbing capacity ratios (GLAC). If they finally were to reach 25%, the main European banks would have additional capital requirements of about €460 billion in the next five years, according to Santander analysts.


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FSB: tougher loss-absorbency homework for too-big-to-fail banks

MADRID | The Corner | The Financial stability board (FSB) is advocating an increase in regulatory demands of systemic banks: the so-called “too big to fail”. The details will be presented at tomorrow’s G20 meeting, but will effectively mean that more capital and liabilities can automatically be written off in a crisis. The basic requirement will be set at 15-20% of risk-weighted assets by 2019, although the final number will be higher (even more than 25% in certain cases) since lenders have to meet “other regulatory capital buffers,” according to the document, dated Sept. 21, quoted by Bloomberg.

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Biggest EU banks show poorest Q1 results in 5 years

MADRID | The Corner | The first quarter of the year is usually the best for lenders, and yet major European entities are showing the weakest results since Q1 2009:  net profit fell once more (-9% yoy) to a pale EUR 12, according to a report by Deutsche Bank Research. Potentially high litigation costs and the upcoming ARQ and ECB’s stress tests make them eager to strengthen their capital buffers.


Without a banking union, EMU makes no sense

MADRID | By Julia Pastor | Financial integration that will result from the European banking union will definitely help to reduce systemic risks and simplify an industry that deeply questioned during the crisis. Strengthening capital standards, as established in the Basel III framework, as well rethinking the role of the once ‘too big to fail’ entities are some of the regulatory changes, Governor of the Bank of Spain, Pablo Linde, explained in Madrid on Thursday.


Fewer banks resort to the European Central Bank

BARCELONA |By CaixaBank analysts | The Basel III liquidity requirements are made more flexible. Those countries in crisis can postpone the application of bank liquidity coverage ratio regulations.

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What is David Cameron so scared of? It might be the UK banks

By Carlos Díaz Güell, in Madrid | The deadline is January 20 for EU financial entities to submit to the European regulator their specific plans to comply with the capital demands determined by the European Banking Authority (EBA). For the Spanish entities, this demand amounts to €26bn, an amount that does not take into account certain peculiarities of the Spanish financial system such as the convertible bonds which amount to almost €10bn. The European…

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Good marks for BBVA’s €3.5-billion swap

The financial City of Madrid expects BBVA to close the bank’s gap in core capital required by Basel III, after the group’s board approved this week an offer of mandatory convertible bonds in exchange for €3.475 billion in preferred shares. Customers who hold the preferred shares distributed by BBVA in Spain will have the opportunity to exchange these at 100% of their nominal value for mandatory convertible bonds. The new bond, with…