The Largest Banks in Guatemala

According to Fitch low capitalization indicators continue to reflect a structural weakness, with a potential reduction in the net interest margin and relatively high dividend payments.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

From a statement issued by Fitch Central America:

Largest banks in Guatemala: Sovereign Risk Puts Pressure on Ratings

Local Majority Banking System: The largest banks (70% of loans in the system) belong to local shareholders. At the same time foreign-owned banks increased their share after Bancolombia acquired the controlling stake in Banco Agromercantil de Guatemala. S.A. (BAM).

Exposure to Guatemalan Sovereign Debt Continues: The sovereign rating is limiting the ratings of Banco Industrial, S.A. (Bl). Banco G & T Continental, S.A. (G & TC), BAM and Banco de Desarrollo Rural, S.A. The largest banks have significant exposure to government debt instruments in respect to their assets and equity.

In addition, business volumes are heavily concentrated in the country.

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From Moody's press release:

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Fitch's Analysis of Banking in Guatemala

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The five largest banks account for 82% of total assets in the system, three of them focusing on the corporate credit segment and the other two on retail banking.

From the report by Fitch Ratings "Panorama of Banks and Guatemala"

Largest banks of Guatemala: Related to the Sovereign Ratings