articles | 22 January 2019 | ServPRO

Cyprus banking: NPLs drop by €5.6 billion

Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) in the Cyprus banking system marked a €5.6 billion reduction since the end of June 2018. NPLs dropped from a total of €16.6 billion to €11.02 billion in September 2018, as Hellenic Bank acquired the performing part of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank, converting it to an asset management company.

According to recent data released by the Central Bank of Cyprus, the €5.6 billion reduction in Non-Performing Exposures (NPEs) marks the lowest level since the 2013 financial crisis (€10 billion drop as of the beginning of 2018).

In a recent press release, News Channel CBC noted that the downward trend in Total Restructured Facilities (NPFs) can be attributed mainly to the removal of loan portfolio from banking sector transferred to KEDIPES. “Following the sale of the performing operations of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank (CCB), to Hellenic, CCB lost its banking licence and has been renamed as Cooperative Asset Management Company establishing a subsidiary named Cyprus Asset Management Company (KEDIPES) which will wind down NPEs amounting to €5.7 billion.”

According to CBC, due to the removal Cyprus Cooperative Bank’s NPEs, households NPEs halved to €5.32 billion by the end of September, corresponding to 48.3% of total NPEs, while corporate NPEs amounted to €5.35 billion, or 48.5% of the total NPEs.

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