Leading European banks ranked by return on assets 2019

Return on assets (ROA) is a ratio used to measure how well a company is using its assets to generate income. The ratio is calculated by dividing the Net Income by the average total assets over a given period. As of the beginning of 2019, the Russian bank Sberbank had the highest return on assets of any of Europe’s largest banks. In terms of total assets, the United Kingdom (UK) headquartered bank HSBC Holdings was the largest in Europe.

Return on capital

Another aspect where Sberbank flourished was in terms of return on capital (ROC). Return on capital is used by financial companies such as banks not only as a measurement of profitability, but also as an indication of the banks' ability to create value on the amount invested by the shareholders.

European banking sector

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Leading banks on the European market as of 2019*, by return on assets

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Survey time period

December 31, 2018

Supplementary notes

* Figures correct as of December 31st, 2018.

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