Guatemala: Increased Credit for Large Companies

In September the total amount of loans to large companies increased by 7.04%, compared to the same period in 2010.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Regarding the data from the Superintendency of Banks (SB), an analyst from the Association for Research and Social Studies (ASIES in Spanish), Ruben Dario Narciso, detailed several reasons that have lead to the increase.

Adequate accounting records and financial controls improve access to credit lines ... "Many medium and small companies do not have adequate accounting and financial indicators that clearly reflect their revenue."

Another factor is that big companies record all sales and therefore register all income", added the analyst.

Ronald Garcia, General Manager at Bantrab, adds that the rules for granting credit contain certain requirements that only a certain number of businesses can fulfil.

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