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Moody's Investors Service: EMEA bank atlas methodology

Moody's Investors Service: Trends in EMEA Banking


EMEA's largest banks: Full results of the 2008 EMEA Bank atlas poll
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List of included countries

The methodology below is in regards to the 2008 atlas which contains the most recent data available. The title date refers to the published date rather than to the date of the data. Moody's ratings in the atlas are as of October 2008.


The 2007 Bank Atlas was compiled by Moody’s Investors Service from commercial banks’ annual reports and financial statements for 2007 and 2006. Within the Global Top 250, the most senior reporting entity only was included (e.g. HSBC Holdings, not HSBC Bank plc). The largest subsidiaries of global banking groups are included in the regional rankings.

Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia and India have fiscal years ending at March 2007, so when available, data is reported at end-March 2007 (and similarly 2006 figures are reported at end-March 2006).

Moody’s ratings: Ratings as of October 2008 on long-term deposits, short-term deposits, and financial strength respectively. Where there is no deposit rating on the group, the rating refers to the major bank within the group.

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.

Total assets: as reported in financial statements.

Net income: as reported in financial statements before appropriation.

Return on equity: net income as a percentage of period end shareholders equity.

Return on assets: net income as a percentage of period end total assets.

Loans to customers % customer deposits: net loans to customers as a percentage of customer deposits, at period end.

Tier 1 capital ratio: as reported in financial statements.

Commercial banks: Defined as consolidated accounts of deposit-taking banks. Development Banks are to be excluded.

G10 countries: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA - Minimum shareholder equity $5bn.

OECD countries outside G10: Australia, Austria, Czech Rep, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, S Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey - Minimum shareholder equity $1bn.

Emerging markets outside these 2 categories: Minimum shareholder equity $300m, except for countries where there are only 2 or 3 banks listed.

Maximum banks in any country: 50

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