Goldman Sachs anticipates more takings for Greek banks

Goldman Sachs expects Greek banks to show strong results in the third quarter of the year as well, following the trend of the second quarter, with further strengthening of net interest income, which will be supported by the 50-basis point increase in interest rates, to which it is estimated that the European Central Bank will have progressed in the specific period.

KKM deposits decline, show data

Money parked at the FX-protected deposit accounts, also known as KKM, has declined for the first time since the start of the year.

KKM deposits fell around 39 billion Turkish Liras from 3.41 trillion liras on Aug. 18 to 3.37 trillion liras ($124 billion) as of Aug. 25, the weekly data from the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) showed.

Banking sector’s net profit up 41 percent

The combined net profit of Turkish banks increased by 41 percent in the January-July period from a year ago to 293.4 billion Turkish liras ($11.1 billion), the data from the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) have shown.

In July alone, the banking sector's net income was up around 12 percent to 43.3 billion liras.

Reports note strength of Greek banks’ results

More positive reports on Greek banks have come out from Canadian ratings agency DBRS and US financial services company Jefferies Group. 

DBRS notes that improvements in operational results and a better risk profile support a further strengthening of the banks' capitalization. But it also expects a slowdown in net income from interest rates. 

Banks exceed expectations

The "big four" Greek banks - Alpha, Eurobank, National and Piraeus - posted impressive first-half results, analysts say, focusing on their strong profitability and its main underlying cause, interest and commission fees, but also the quality of their assets and their liquidity, which led all to adjust their end-year goals upward.

Creating a ‘fifth pole’ in Greek banking

On July 31, Pancreta Bank absorbed the Greek assets of global banking colossus HSBC, taking in a highly complementary business and, in effect, creating a new bank, far from its 1993 origins as a cooperative bank named Credit Development Cooperative of Heraklion.

In an interview with Kathimerini, CEO Antonis Vartholomeos explains that upcoming mergers will further expand the bank.