An EU report out this month shows nonperforming loans were a staggering €1.092 trillion as of the end of 2016.
The average non-performing rate in the EU is 5.1%, down from 5.7% in 2015. For comparison purposed, a World Bank Report has the US at 1.3%, Japan at 1.5%, and Canada at 0.6%
In contrast, Greece and Cyprus have NPL ratios of 46% and 45% respectively. Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, and Romania all have NPL ratios between 10% and 20%.
- I am unsure why the graphs sometimes use different country codes than appears in the first column. Where different, I show both symbols. The list of country codes is shown below.
- Forb ratio stands for forbearance ratio.
- Cov ratio stands for coverage ratio: (Loans – Reserve balance)/Total amount of non-performing loans. It’s a measure of how prepared a bank is for losses.
Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland have a combined €606 billion in non-performing loans.
Clearly, the EU banking system is quite troubled.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock