THE Co-operative Central Bank said yesterday it had made a net profit of €85.6m in the first half of the year.
Chairman Nicolas Hadjiyiannis said non-performing loans (NPLs) totaled 53.1 per cent of total loan portfolios in the first half of the year.
He added that the Group`s Common Equity Tier 1 ratio stood at 13.6 per cent “showing a very robust image” of the sector.
Hadjiyiannis said the messages coming from the NPLs management division “are quite positive as borrowers are cooperating”.
“The co-operative Credit Sector currently has a very robust balance sheet and we are cautiously optimistic,” he added.
Asked about the stress tests, taking place as part of the formation of a European Banking Union and more specifically of a Joint Supervisory Mechanism,
Hadjiyiannis said “our balance sheet is strong and we expect that the work done will have a positive reflection on the results, rendering them manageable”.
Following banking crisis in March 2013, the subsequent bailout included a €1.5 billion recapitalisation package for the co-ops.