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Most LatAm banking majors bolstered capital ratios

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Most LatAm banking majors bolstered capital ratios

Capital ratios at a majority of large Latin American banks showed improvements in 2017 compared to a year-ago, an analysis of S&P Global Market Intelligence shows.

Among banks in the sample, which was limited to those with assets greater than US$20 billion, Banco de la Nación Argentina recorded the sharpest increase in the ratio with a 555-basis-point jump to 43.06% as of March 31. Banco Cooperativo Sicredi SA had the second-largest increase in the ratio, rising 436 basis points year over year to 23.10% as of June 30. Both banks have the highest CET1 ratio in the sample.

On the other end, Banco Bradesco SA saw its ratio slip by 204 basis points to 11.63% primarily due to a 10% drop in its common equity Tier 1 capital.

All in the sample banks had CET1 ratios between 8.97% and 43.06%. Under Basel III, banks have to attain a minimum CET1 ratio of 7% by 2019.

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