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Latin America best managed banks 2018: Chile

Banco Santander-Chile


Emiliano Muratore
© 2018 Euromoney
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In Latin America, Chile is renowned for its mature financial system and yet, while the system is fully fledged in terms of size and credit penetration, the products and the regulation are not particularly sophisticated. 

However, this landscape is changing and the adoption of Basel III requirements, as proposed by the country’s new banking law (already approved by congress), has led to an increase in regulatory-driven queries from analysts. 

For example, the ministry of finance has estimated that the system will require an additional $2.7 billion of capital (phased in until 2024); market participants are trying to work out which banks the additional capital requirement will fall on. 

Key facts

  • Chief executive 
    Claudio Melandri

  • Chief financial officer 
    Emiliano Muratore

  • Head of investor relations
    Robert Moreno

  • Size of IR department 
    (number of full time professionals)

  • Revenues 
    (running 12-month at last quarter) 
    $2.5 billion

  • Net income 
    $916 million

  • Return on equity 

  • Total assets 
    $58 billion 

  • Points of sale
    385 branches; 926 ATMs

  • Listed
    Santiago Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange

  • Free float (of GGAL) 

  • Largest shareholder 
    Grupo Santander, 67.18%

  • Coverage/number of equity analysts 

  • Outstanding international debt 
    2017 issues: $77 million and A$30 million

Rating agency Moody’s expects it to be concentrated on a small number of banks, with the largest need for extra capital at BancoEstado, Itaú, Corpbanca and BBVA Chile (one of the reasons that BBVA is selling its Chilean bank to Canada’s Scotiabank).