Spain’s “bad bank” celebrates its tenth anniversary with 40% of its total debt repaid to the state

Alphavalue / Divacons | Sareb has completed a decade since its creation. With the results known since 2022, the entity has already reduced the debt guaranteed by the State by €20,301 million, 40% of the total, so that at the end of 2022 the outstanding debt was €30,481 million. Since 2021, the State took control of the company through the FROB (Spanish Executive Resolution Authority), and its debt has had…

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The FROB Makes A Formal Offer For 100% Of Spain’s Bad Bank

The Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring (FROB) made an offer to the rest of the entities that have shares in the Asset Management Company from Bank Restructuring (Sareb) to take 100% of the company for a symbolic price close to €200, according to Europa Press. Sareb’s shareholder banks must decide whether to sell their stake in the FROB, which they have already fully provisioned.


Spain Will Include Sareb’s Liabilities In The Total Public Debt, Which Will Rise To 120% Of GDP

Public debt could rise to 120% of GDP in 2020, due to a reclassification of €35 billion of the Sociedad de Gestión de Activos Procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria (SAREB), the so-called “bad bank” in Spain, reports Expansión. In fact, Eurostat has forced Spain to digest the 35 billion of debt. With this accounting change, the level of Public Debt over GDP, which increased by more than 20 points over 2020 to 117% (1,311,298 M€) from 95.5% in 2019, would rise by about 3 additional points to 120%.


Sareb: Criticised In Spain, Praised In Brussels And Germany

Judging by the latest valuations which have appeared in the press, the balance of the first five years of Spain’s bad bank, Sareb, is little less than disastrous. But the bank’s performance has been praised by Brussels and by Germany, who have said it has completed its objective of stabilising the Spanish financial system.


Spanish banks’ exposure to bricks and mortar is still worrying

Spain’s banks currently have on their books something close to 213 billion euros in property risks (assets and loans). Is that a lot or not? Judging by the recent reports from the Bank of Spain or Moody’s, the total is rather worrying: and we are not talking about small change but about the fact that our lenders still have an amount of property on their balance sheets equivalent to 20% of GDP.

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What will happen with housing prices in Spain?

According to Bankinter’s analysts, there will be a moderate increase in housing prices (around 3-5 % between 2016 and 2017), and it will only happen in certain places. So Spain’s property prices will not return to the pre-crisis record highs, but will reach levels similar to that in 2004.

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Increased Demand For Spanish Property Still Not Reflected In Prices

Spain’s property market is consolidating its recovery in the residential segment, while commercial real estate is clearly in an upward trend. But the fact that Sareb still has a substantial amount of property assets to dispose of, some of them with discounts of over 50%, will keep a lid on prices for the time being.