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Ukraine to stress-test 25 lenders in 2018

The National Bank of Ukraine said March 15 that it would launch stress tests for 25 local lenders, including four state-owned banks, in 2018.

The 25 banks to be tested are the largest Ukrainian lenders in terms of risk-weighted assets and retail deposits, and they account for 93% of the banking sector assets, the regulator noted.

The lenders to undergo the resilience assessment include PAO KB Privatbank, PJSC State Savings Bank of Ukraine, JSC The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine, Raiffeisen Bank International AG unit PJSC Raiffeisen Bank Aval, PJSC «Alfa-Bank», PJSC JSB Ukrgasbank, PJSC First Ukrainian International Bank, BNP Paribas SA unit PAT UkrSibbank, PAO Sberbank of Russia unit PJSC Sberbank, PJSC Ukrsotsbank, OTP Bank Nyrt. unit PJSC OTP Bank, PJSC Pivdennyi Bank, Crédit Agricole Group unit PJSC Credit Agricole Bank, Vnesheconombank unit PSC Prominvestbank, PJSC TAScombank, PJSC ProCredit Bank, PKO Bank Polski SA unit PJSC Kredobank, JSC VTB Bank unit PJSC VTB Bank, PJSC CREDIT DNEPR BANK, PJSC MEGABANK, PJSC BANK VOSTOK, A-Bank, PJSC Idea Bank, PJSC Universal Bank and Bank for Investments and Savings.

The assessment will consist of three stages, including the verification of the lenders' asset quality by audit companies; extrapolation of the first-stage findings and assessment of capital adequacy in banks; as well as capital adequacy assessment under the baseline and adverse macroeconomic scenarios included in the stress tests.

Banks that will not meet capital requirements under the stress tests will be obliged to implement a recapitalization program and/or an action plan to increase their capital by the end of 2018, the Ukrainian regulator noted.