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Greek banks had highest bad loan ratio in Q3'19, ECB finds

Greek banks had the highest average ratio of nonperforming loans in the third quarter of 2019 among lenders supervised by the ECB, according to supervisory banking data published by the regulator.

Overall, supervised banks' NPL ratio fell to 3.41% in the period, the lowest level since supervisory banking statistics were first published in the second quarter of 2015, the ECB noted.

Banks in Greece had the highest NPL ratio at 37.40%, followed respectively by those in Cyprus, Portugal and Italy. Banks in Luxembourg had the lowest ratio, at 0.91%.

Meanwhile, banks' capital ratios increased slightly in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, with the common equity Tier 1 ratio standing at 14.37%, while the liquidity coverage ratio fell over the same period to 145.16% from 146.85%.