Santander | The publication of the 2018 results have practically finished, and Europe´s company profits have shown their resilience in a global scenario dominated by the uncertainty generated by the fear of a “trade war”, volatility in emerging markets, currency weakness, Brexit, the increase in populism in the South of Europe…
spanish banks profitability
F. Barciela / F.G. Ljubetic |The news that a UK bank and a German lender are going to start charging clients for their deposits has raised the question of whether Spanish banks are thinking of doing the same. For the time being this deposits’ charge will generally apply to very specific segments of client business. The continued decline in margins at the Spanish banks is worrying; a consequence of the fact that interest rates on loans are increasingly lower while the remuneration costs on liabilities are maintained. In the end, the Spanish banks may not have any option but to bite the bullet…and charge for deposits.
Ofelia Marín-Lozano | All the banks have seen a sharp decline in their profitability compared with a decade ago. This is partly due to the heavy provisions made to offset the impact of the property crisis (over 300 billion euros in accumulated terms). But it is also the result of the decrease in pre-provisions operating profit and the requirement for the lenders to raise their capital in line with assets.
It looks as if 2016 will be the first year to bring some normality to Spain’s banking sector in terms of capital requirements since the start of the deep financial crisis. The most important consquence of this crisis has been the sharp drop in the industry’s profitability – a 6.8% decline in return on equity (ROE) to 5.3% in six years. But AFI analysts estimate that the Spanish banking sector’s profitability will be around 6-7% over the next few years.