The European Central Bank’s (ECB) Banking Supervision announced on Saturday the results of the 2018 stress tests for Greece’s four systemic banks following the same methodology and approach as the EU-wide EBA exercise.
Piraeus Bank’s fourth quarter (Q4) results showed a net profit of 12 million euros from continued operations, reversing the loss of 17 million seen in Q3.
National Bank of Greece (NBG) reported a net loss of 60 million euros in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2017 from continued operations, deepening from the loss of 44 million in Q3.
Alpha Bank reported net profits of 21.1 million euros for the full year of 2017. Net profits from 2016 stood at 42.1 million, resulting in an annual decline of 50.1 percent.
Amid the final stretch for Greece ahead of exiting its programme in August, there is one point of discussion that negotiations keep returning to, that of the bad loans plaguing the country’s banking system.
Another box was ticked this week in the process that began last month, when the European Banking Authority officially launched the stress tests for Greek banks, which are due to be completed in May.
Eurobank recorded net profits of 53.3 million euros in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2017 from 61.2 million in the previous quarter, representing a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decline of 12.6 percent.
A clearer picture of the stress tests for Greek banks emerged over the past few days as the various stages and dates involved in the process were finalised.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) formally launched on Wednesday the 2018 EU-wide stress test exercise by releasing the scenarios that will be applied to the methodology published last November.
Alpha Bank has become the latest among Greece’s four systemic banks to carry out a successful covered bond issue with the public auction of a 500-million euro bond last week.