Guatemalan Banking Profits Grow by 15%

Guatemalan Banks earned $61 million in February, 15% more than the $53 million earned during the same month in 2008.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

According to the general manager of Banco de los Trabajadores, Ronald Garcia, the increase in profits was due to prudence and a reduction in financial service costs: "The opening of non-traditional channels such as electronic made services less expensive," the official told the newspaper La Prensa Libre of Guatemala.

The most profitable banks during the month were BAC (6.75% return on equity), Antigua Bank (5.39%) and Banrural (4.90%); the overall profitability of the system decreased by 0.15%.

The article in Prensa Libre reported that analysts expect that profits could diminish due to increases in delinquencies. From December 2007 to December 2008, the delinquency portfolio rose from 4.06% to 5.52%.

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In 2008, banking generated $128.3 million in earnings, $19.7 million less than the $148 million generated in 2007.

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According to data from the Superintendence of Banks, the banking sector earned the equivalent of 16.3% of its shareholder equity in profits. reports on its website: "For each $12.71 (Q100) that the banks have in capital, last year they earned an average of $2.07 (Q16.30), according to the report for December that was published by the SIB.

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December 2008

Despite the slowdown of the economy, banks reported on October 30 that they had an increase of 23% in comparison to October 2007.

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