Leading banks in the UK - Statistics & Facts

For regulators, investors and customers alike, size matters when talking about banks. For example, large companies may want to only do business with a bank that can meet a wide range of services on a global level. There are several key indicators that signify the size of a bank, including market capitalization, total assets, revenue and equity capital. Other aspects, such as the number of customers a bank has, net income as well as risk-weighted assets can also be used in some degree to gauge the strength and size of a bank.

Market capital is the value of a company’s outstanding shares and is a key measurement for investors to determine a company’s size. Market capital is calculated by multiplying the number of outstanding shares by the cost of one share. Of the forty plus banks trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), HSBC had the highest value of market capitalization at the end of 2019.

In 2018, the five largest banks in the UK accounted for over one third of banks total assets. Total assets are one of the main measures of a bank's prosperity and are defined as all assets owned by a bank. This includes, but is not limited to cash and balances, loans and advances to banks and customers, as well as debt securities. Four of the five largest banks in the world are situated in China, with the UK’s, and in fact Europe’s largest bank in terms of total assets coming in seventh.

Total revenue can be a great indicator of a banks' size because it indicates the annual income received from its normal activities through the sale of goods or, in the case for banks, services. Although banks headquartered in the UK have suffered in recent years without seeing growth in revenue, annual reports from 2018 showed significant improvement for several key players.

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Leading banks in the United Kingdom (UK)

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