As Turkey braces for the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the banking sector looks likely to be called to play a larger role in facilitating the government’s stimulus plans. But despite a recent spike in NPLs and foreign exchange pressures, the risks to the country’s banks appear manageable, according to a recent report by Oleksiy Soroka, Senior High Yield Credit Strategist at ING.
22 May 2020
The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has extended the deadline for ending the use of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) for new loans until the end of March next year in a bid to give borrowers and banks more breathing room as the market migrates to the Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA).
30 Apr 2020
The pandemic poses ‘significant downside risks’ to South African banks, according to Fitch Ratings, as asset quality and earnings face downward pressure.
30 Apr 2020
South African government-owned Land Bank may have triggered a default under the terms of its ZAR30bn domestic medium-term note (DMTN) programme after failing to make a payment on a revolving credit facility (RCF), despite previously reporting a strong liquidity profile.
22 Apr 2020
With 38 lenders catering to just over 52 million people, and despite a series of mergers, the Kenyan banking sector appears overbanked. Further consolidation is expected in the years to come, which could result in a number of larger, better-capitalised, more stable banks, according to Cytonn Investments.
22 Apr 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic combined with the subsequent slump in oil prices is a particularly dangerous combination for GCC economies given the region’s exposure to commodity prices. According to a report from S&P, the region’s banks face an earnings shock, with a notable slowdown in credit growth and higher risk premiums – although other key metrics remain strong.
14 Apr 2020
One of Russia’s largest lenders joins a growing list of banks carrying out liability management exercises amid growing pressure on the sector from the COVID-19 pandemic, as Fitch Ratings shifts sector outlook to negative.
8 Apr 2020
Encouraging full-year 2019 results published by Kenyan lenders pointed to a build up of momentum, but the spread of COVID-19 is forcing the government to introduce emergency measures and banks to slash revenue targets for 2020.
7 Apr 2020
The National Monetary Council (CMN) of the Central Bank of Brazil has temporarily prohibited pay rises for financial institutions in the country until September 2020. The ban is aimed at ensuring that funds are used to maintain credit and to absorb any future losses that may occur.
6 Apr 2020
Despite the considerable momentum in transitioning towards new rates to replace LIBOR ahead of the 2021 phaseout, a forward-looking version of today’s risk-free rates remains elusive, raising the spectre that CFOs and treasurers will have to grapple with a heterogenous and complex bank borrowing environment.
3 Apr 2020
Akbank has successfully renewed a USD510mn syndicated loan, marking a rare transaction amidst a volatile market backdrop. With a one-year maturity, the loan priced at LIBOR+2.25%, lower than the previous cost of borrowing on the facility in March last year.
3 Apr 2020
Non-earmarked loans increased 1.4% month-on-month in Brazil, while earmarked loans dropped 2.6% in the same period, central bank figures show, with overall loan delinquencies stable at 3% in seasonally adjusted terms.
1 Apr 2020
As the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, China was the first to suffer its devastating impact as the country went into lockdown and its economy ground to a halt. But will China be able to launch a sustained bounceback, as it did after the 2008 financial crisis? According to Logan Wright, Director and Daniel Hosen, Partner at Rhodium Group, China no longer has the option of launching a…
31 Mar 2020
The three highest-rated Nigerian banks – Zenith, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), and United Bank for Africa (UBA) have been downgraded by Fitch.
30 Mar 2020