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Spanish banks further battered by bad real-estate loans

New government says €50 billion additional provisioning required

Luis de Guindos, Spain’s new minister for competitiveness and the economy, has told the Financial Times that Spain’s banks will need to provision an additional €50 billion against their bad real-estate assets.

This will come as little surprise to those in the market, as hidden losses of this magnitude have long been assumed, having been identified in June in a report, published by The Boston Consulting Group. De Guindos is, however, surprisingly cavalier about Spain’s real-estate problems, stating:

“This is not Ireland. It’s a completely different order of magnitude. We have a property problem in Spain, but it’s manageable.”

Hmmm – €176 billion of bad loans on dodgy real estate will take quite a lot of managing. He caveats:

“It’s manageable for institutions with a new round of consolidation...because remember that for Santander, the big banks, it’s obviously doable, but it’s not distributed evenly [among the different banks] – so you need an extra round of consolidation ...”

You can say that again.


For more on how Spain’s banking sector is attempting to deal with its problem real-estate loans, see 'Property crisis drains Spain’s hopes of recovery' in the December issue of Euromoney magazine.

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