Banking sector posts $6 billion profit in first eight months
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkey’s banking sector’s net profit totaled 38 billion Turkish Liras ($5.94 billion) this January-August, the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) has announced.
According to the banking watchdog, the sector’s eight-month net profit surged 14.3 percent, compared with around 33.3 billion liras in the same period in 2017.
The BDDK figures released on Oct. 1 showed that total assets of the banking sector amounted to nearly 4.5 trillion liras ($700 billion) as of August this year, up 50.2 percent increase on a yearly basis.
The biggest sub-category of assets, loans given by the sector, reached 2.7 trillion liras ($421 billion) at the end of August, rising 38.3 percent year-on-year.
On the liabilities side, deposits at the country’s lenders climbed 39 percent over the same period, totaling 2.2 trillion liras ($348 billion).
The U.S. dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate was around 6.40 at the end of this August, while one dollar traded for some 3.45 liras at the end of August 2017.
As a significant indicator for calculating lenders’ minimum capital requirements, the banking sector’s regulatory capital-to-risk-weighted-assets ratio was 17.34 percent this August, up from 17.18 percent in August 2017.
The ratio of non-performing loans to total cash loans – another crucial indicator that shows how healthy the banking sector is - showed improvement in August, falling to 2.85 percent from 3.12 percent in the same month last year.
In Turkey, as of this August nearly 50 state/private/foreign lenders, including deposit banks, participation banks, and development and investment banks, had over 11,600 domestic and overseas branches with more than 210,000 employees.
Last year, the Turkish banking sector’s net profit hit an all-time high, reaching around 49 billion liras - a yearly increase of 30.8 percent.