Turkey: Banking sector net profit at $1.33B in January

Total sector assets soar 17.3% to $760.7B in January, according to Turkish banking watchdog

Turkey’s banking sector posted a net profit of 7.9 billion Turkish liras ($1.33 billion) in January, the country’s banking watchdog said Monday.

The figure jumped 147% year-on-year in the first month of 2020, from 3.2 billion Turkish liras ($615 million) from the previous January, the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency data showed.

Total assets of the sector totaled 4.53 trillion Turkish liras ($760.7 billion), up 17.3% from January 2018.

Total banking sector loans – the largest sub-category of assets – soared 13% year-on-year to hit 2.68 trillion Turkish liras ($453.7 billion) in January.

On the liabilities side, deposits held at lenders in the country amounted to 2.59 trillion Turkish liras ($435 billion), up 26.3% during the same period.

The data showed that the sector’s regulatory capital-to-risk-weighted-assets ratio – the higher the better was 18.42% this January versus 17.12% in January 2019.

Measuring the health of loans, the ratio of non-performing loans to total cash loans – the lower the better – stood at 5.34% in the month, up from 4.03% a year earlier.

A total of 50 state/private/foreign lenders including deposit banks, participation banks, and development and investment banks – engaged in banking activities in Turkey as of January.

The sector employs 207,517 people at 11,563 domestic and foreign branches.

Anadolu Agency

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