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Bank atlas methodology


The 2002 Bank Atlas was compiled by Moody's Investors Service from commercial banks' annual reports and financial statements for 2001 and 2000.

Where possible, figures are presented in consolidated form. Banks owned by other financial institutions are not listed separately.

Subsidiaries and branches are not shown either.

Criteria for inclusion:

G10 countries: minimum shareholder equity $1 billion (maximum 50 banks per country)

OECD countries outside G10: minimum shareholder equity $300 million

Other countries: minimum shareholder equity $200 million, except where information is only available on a small number of emerging markets banks


Germany: Genucheine (participation certificates) are excluded.

Turkey: international accounting standards are shown where available. For those which are inflation adjusted a constant 2000 exchange rate has been used.

Where data was not available in time for publication for 2000 or 1999 the banks have been excluded from the ranking.


Shareholder equity: the sum of issued common stock, capital surplus/premium, statutory reserve, legal reserve, revaluation reserve, contingency reserves (including EU "fund for general banking risk"), retained earnings, net profit for the year and minority interest. Where consolidated data are used, shareholder equity includes group equity attributable to minorities.

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