Costa Rica: Maximum Arrears Levels at State Banks

Data for January 2013 shows that the arrears in loans in the three state banks in Costa Rica are close to the maximum allowable limit.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

For the Banco de Costa Rica, the arrears indicator has reached 3.14%, exceeding the ceiling imposed by the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (Sugef), of 3%.

Nacion.com reports that "The delinquency indicator of the three state banks, together, came to 3.02% last month, up from the 3% allowed by Sugef. Separately, the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) exhibited the highest rate at 3.14%, which breaches the limit. This entity is followed Banco Nacional, whose indicator reached 2.97% and Bancrédito with 2.67%. "

Direct loans granted by the three state banks are in excess of ¢4.8 billion.



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