BRICS BANKS LEAD THE CHARGE IN 2017, AS EUROPE TOILS 

Banks in Brazil, Russia and India have bounced back in The Banker’s latest ranking of Top 1000 banks, while European banks suffered further setbacks. Despite a fall in profits, Chinese banks continue to dominate the ranking.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) stayed top for the fifth year running with $281 billion in tier 1 capital, the key measure of the ranking. China Construction Bank came in second place and Bank of China remained in fourth position. 

While total Chinese bank profits fell by nearly 5% as a result of a tougher economic climate, other BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia and India – saw big improvements. Russian bank profits rose 369%, Brazil’s increased by 179% and India’s grew 26%.

Russia’s state-owned Sberbank climbed 15 places to 36th in the ranking on the back of a 47% increase in capital. Brazil’s leading bank Itau went from 57th place to 50th with a 37% increase in capital. Yes Bank, in India, rose 129 places to 271th in the ranking on the back of a 78% increase in capital. 

The Banker’s editor Brian Caplen said: “While some analysts declared the BRIC concept dead, The Banker’s Top 1000 ranking shows that fast growth in major emerging markets is still a huge economic driver. By contrast banks in some European countries remain in a poor condition.”

Italy chalked up the largest country losses ($16.3bn), followed by Portugal ($3.7bn) and Greece ($3bn). Italy’s UniCredit fell 16 places in the overall ranking to 45th and recorded the largest loss ($10.9bn).

The top six French banks have performed strongly, generating nearly $40bn of profits and 30% of total European profits. The UK has slipped from 7th to 10th after profits decreased 32% year on year to $17.3bn.

 Banks from the Middle East performed well despite the fall in oil prices. Profits in the United Arab Emirates increased $2bn while capital was up nearly 40%. Profits in both Qatar and Saudi Arabia increased by $1bn while the capital uplift was 71% in Qatar and 38% in Saudi Arabia. 

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