Salvadoran Banks Reduces Profits

In March 2009, the banks from the financial system recorded profits of $22 million, compared to $34.9 million for the same period last year.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Of the banks, Agricultural Bank was the one that registered the highest profits.

José Luis Henríquez wrote: "It is anticipated that with the loans contracted by the Government with multilateral organizations and the release of contingency reserves that the SSF forced banks to establish, interest rates will begin to go down gradually. Financial statements from newspapers also indicate that banks had a loan portfolio of $8.697 billion, lower than the $8.895 billion recorded by the Superintendent in March 2008."

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Salvadoran banks made a profit of $43.6 million in the first 9 months of the year, $75 million less than the same period 2008.

All the banks in the system fared worse than last year, with the exception of Banco Azteca and Citibank.

"Credit was down 9%, as there were less loans granted to the private sector", reported

Salvadoran Banking Profits Down 13%

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

The statistics reported by the Salvadoran Banking Association indicated that the Industrial Bank was the one that had the most earnings last year, but it suffered a drop of $10 million in profits.

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