In a note on regional commercial banks, AlphaValue analysts flag that lenders in southern European countries have been amongst the better performers in terms of share price and P/BV. Spanish bank Sabadell is amongst their top picks.
European banks capitalisation
Two fundamental factors have affected bank lending. On the one hand, market doubts over the banks’ ability to generate margins against a backdrop of low and even negative interest rates. And on the other, the indirect impact of current energy and raw material prices on the lenders’ balance sheets.