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BGŻ BNP Paribas' consolidated capital ratios below FSA's requirements

The consolidated capital adequacy ratios of Bank BGZ BNP Paribas SA were below the level required for the lender by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority at the end of April, the lender said May 29.

The consolidated Tier I capital ratio was at 10.90%, compared with a requirement of 11.01% set by the FSA, while the consolidated total capital ratio was 14.02%, compared with the required level of 14.18%.

The estimated amounts of own funds needed to bring the ratios to the required levels are 61.1 million Polish zlotys for the Tier 1 capital ratio and 85.5 million zlotys for the total capital ratio. The lender noted it plans steps to improve the ratios, but did not disclose any details regarding the actions it intends to take.

The standalone capital ratios of BGZ BNP Paribas are in line with the FSA's requirements, the lender said, adding that both the standalone and consolidated ratios are also above the levels required under the EU regulation on prudential requirements for credit institutions and investment firms.

The Polish FSA introduced additional capital requirements for several local banks, including BNP Paribas SA's Polish unit, in 2015 due to their exposure to Swiss franc-denominated mortgages.

As of May 29, US$1 was equivalent to 3.74 Polish zlotys.