One Less State Bank

The Legislative Assembly has approved the absorption of Bancredito by Banco de Costa Rica, which must take on both the entity's assets and its obligations.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

n dir="ltr">After determining that Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago (Bancrédito) was not financially viable, last March the National Council of Supervision of the Financial System (Conassif) recommended the absorption of the financial institution, a process that was completed yesterday when the Assembly voted in favor of the suggestion.

See: "
End of the Road for State Bank"

Regarding the take over of Bancrédito, Nacion.com reports that " ...In December 2017, Conassif ordered the intervention of the public entity because it had fallen into default with the Ministry of Finance, not having redeemed investments made at the beginning of the previous year.

The article adds that " ...At the end of August Conassif approved extending the intervention of the Cartago based entity until December 22, while the process for the BCR to assume the assets and liabilities of Bancrédito was completed."

The approval of the absorption process brings to an end a process that began due to the inefficient way in which the entity's resources had been managed for several years. In October 2016, when Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago began to give more clear signals of financial deterioration, its authorities announced that they intended the State of Costa Rica to capitalize it, with the aim of correcting the very mismanagement that had led it to this situation.

At that time, here at CentralAmericaData we wrote about the immortality of state-owned companies: "Nothing is more harmful to an economy than preventing the death of companies that have proven themselves to be inefficient or, as in the case of Bancrédito of Costa Rica, not essential or even needed."

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