Non-performing loans coverage ratio in Europe Q4 2019, by country

The non-performing loan coverage ratio looks at a banks ability to absorb future losses. Banks understand not every loan that they lend will be paid in full, so by predicting the rate of non-performing loans, banks can be prepared to cover these future losses. The higher the coverage ratio, the better prepared a countries banks are for such an outcome.

Non-Performing countries

In some countries such as the United Kingdom, approximately one percent of loans were non-performing (NPL), whereas less economically stable countries such as Greece have seen NPL’s reach worryingly high levels.

Coverage ratio’s

During all four quarters of 2019, the capital position of EU banks has remained strong with asset quality seeing further improvement. Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio (fully loaded) has also remained stable while non-performing loans declined to 2.7 percent. On the other hand, the European banking Authority (EBA) has noted that profitability is still of major concern for European banks.

Coverage ratio of non-performing loans and advances (NPL) in Europe As of the 4th quarter 2019, by country

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United Kingdom

Survey time period

4th quarter 2019

Supplementary notes

The source added the following information; "Individual country data includes subsidiaries, which are excluded from EU aggregate. For example, at country level the subsidiary in country X of a bank domiciled in country Y is included both in data for countries X and Y (for the latter as part of the consolidated entity). In the EU aggregate, only the consolidated entity domiciled in country Y is considered. The sample of banks is unbalanced and reviewed annually."

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