15% Increase in the Banking System's Profit for the First Six Months of the Year

The banking system's profit for the first six months of the year reached EUR 470 million, up 14.6% compared to June 30, 2018, BNR reported.

The Return on Assets (ROA) indicator was 1.69% and the Return on Equity (ROE) was 12.98%. This is seen in the quarterly magazine of BNB "Banks in Bulgaria", published on the central bank's website.

Gov’t seeks more tools for NPLs

The government is seeking out additional systemic solutions for the banks' bad-loan problem, beyond the state's Hercules plan, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras revealed to Bloomberg on Thursday. His comments came after Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras said that Hercules is a step in the right direction but is not enough.

Central banker: Approval of Greek plan for NPLs 'important step,' but more needed

While the approval by the European Commission's competition authorities of a Greek plan to cut bad loans at the country's lenders by up to 30 billion euros is an "important step" in the right direction it will not be enough, and will have to be supplemented by the Greek central bank's proposal, Governor Yannis Stournaras said on Friday.

Commission approves plan for bad loans

The European Commission on Thursday approved the Greek state's "Hercules" plan to reduce local banks' bad loans by up to 30 billion euros, and Deputy Finance Minister Giorgos Zavvos called on the country's lenders to utilize the project, making the most of the favorable market climate that cuts the cost of state collateral.