Finance & Capital Market

Bahrain banks' loans and credit facilities jump to $30bn

The outstanding total loans and credit facilities provided to resident economic sectors in Bahrain increased to BD11.3 billion ($29.97 billion) at the end of May 2022, an increase of 5.7% compared to the end of May 2021, a Central Bank of Bahrain report said.
 
The Business Sector accounted for 46.2% and the Personal Sector 49.5% of the total loans and credit facilities, said the CBB’s financial performance report as of end of May 2022.
 
The CBB Board of Directors, which held its second meeting for 2022 chaired by Hassan Khalifa Al-Jalahma today (June 26), reviewed the report and developments in the financial sector for the second quarter of 2022 and the CBB’s financial performance report as of end of May 2022. The board also reviewed the work in progress with regards to the Financial Services Sector Development Strategy (2022-2026).
 
The data showed stable liquidity whereby money supply in its broad sense, M3 totalled BD15.1 billion at the end of May 2022, an increase of 2.9% compared to the end of May 2021. 
 
The total private deposits in retails banks increased to around BD13 billion at the end of May 2022, an increase of 1.4% compared to the end of May 2021. 
 
The balance sheet of the banking system (retail banks and wholesale sector banks) increased to $220.7 billion at the end of May 2022, an increase of 3.7% compared to the end of May 2021.
 
Point of Sale (POS) data indicated an increase in the number of transactions during the first five months of 2022, totalling 63.6 million transactions (73.1% of which were through contactless cards), an increase of 40.4% compared to the same period in 2021. The total value of POS transactions totalled BD1.5 billion (45.4% of which were through contactless cards), an increase of 32.7% compared to the same period in 2021.
 
The banking sector maintained a high level of capital adequacy and liquidity, as the capital adequacy ratio of the banking sector amounted to 19.5% in the first quarter of 2022 compared with 18.5% in the first quarter of 2021. The capital adequacy ratio was 21.3% for conventional retail banks, 17.8% for conventional wholesale banks, 21.3% for Islamic retail banks, and 16.4% for Islamic wholesale banks.
 
These indicators are consistent with the return of activity to all economic sectors in the Kingdom and demonstrate the financial sector’s stability and capacity to serve the national economy, said a CBB statement.
 
The Chairman and members of the Board of Directors expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom’s leadership for their support to the CBB and the efforts and measures taken to contain the repercussions of Covid-19, including the Economic Recovery Plan which contributed to the return of normal activities to all sectors of the economy.
 
The Board also expressed its appreciation for the efforts of the banking sector over the past year.  – TradeArabia News Service