The island’s biggest lender has been struggling to cope with a forced merger with now-defunct Laiki, slashing its workforce and cutting back on overseas operations, and the sale of assets to reduce its debt.
A recent capital increase of €1 billion by the bank was supported by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to the tune of €120 million and American financier Wilbur Ross who has grouped investors for an amount of €400 million. In May, ELA amounted to €9.23 billion whereas in April it was €9.40 billion.
Furthermore, the dependence of the Cypriot banking system on monetary policy instruments (Eurosystem) recorded a decrease of €550 million in July, falling to €850 million from €1.40 billion the previous month.
The significant reduction in banking system funding from the ECB is mainly due to the fact that the government repaid on July 1 an amount of €950 million out of €1.98 billion of a sovereign bond held by the Bank of Cyprus, thus enabling the bank to repay part of its dependence both on ELA and the Eurosystem.
Source: Financial Mirror