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During his presentation at the Wake Up, Spain!, event, BBVA Chair, Carlos Torres Vila, stated that the European banking sector, and more specifically Spanish banks, are facing the current situation of uncertainty from a position of unquestionable financial strength, profitability and a very solid capital and liquidity position. He added that BBVA is facing this moment with confidence, and from a strong position due to the very characteristics of its diversified, profitable business model and its cautious risk management.

The BBVA Annual Shareholder meeting will be held in Bilbao next Friday, March 13. The shareholder meeting (also known as the Annual General Meeting or AGM) is one of a company’s primary corporate governance vehicles. During the meeting, the company’s owners (the shareholders) ratify decisions on topics determined by law and by the corporate bylaws. The AGM includes particular features that are established by corporate law. BBVA’s AGM will be held on March 17th in Bilbao.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA) filed on March 6, 2023 with the Securities and Exchange Commission BBVA´s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2022.

The Annual Report can be found on BBVA’s Investor Relations website http://shareholdersandinvestors.bbva.com in the section dedicated to Financial information 2022.

BBVA will propose the election of Sonia Dulá to its Board of Directors. Dulá has a deep knowledge of the banking business and extensive experience in key markets for the bank, such as Mexico, South America and Spain. Her appointment will increase to 73 percent the number of independent directors, maintaining a 40 percent of women while reinforcing the international profile of the Board.

BBVA’s record profit for 2022 was warmly received by the market. Analysts have raised their valuations of the bank following the results release, given the strength of the figures and the bank’s guidance for 2023. During the February 1, 2023 trading day, the bank's share price climbed 4.7%.

BBVA Chair Carlos Torres Vila spoke of the vital role that banks play in the economy when presenting the 2022 results. “Banks act as catalysts of activity by granting credit to the real economy,” he said. “This may be banks’ greatest contribution to society,” he added. In this regard, he underlined that in 2022, the BBVA Group granted nearly €200 billion in new financing to businesses. At the press conference, BBVA CEO Onur Genç also shared the bank’s outlook for 2023.

Türkiye Garanti Bankası A.Ş., Garanti BBVA, announced its financial results for the year ending on December 31, 2022. The bank’s net income stood at TL 58.51 billion, while asset size was TL 1.3 trillion.

The impact of the war in Ukraine on global inflation and growth has been the recurring theme of this latest edition of the Davos Forum 2023, organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF). From January 16-20, and under the heading, ‘Cooperation in a fragmented world’, political, business and intellectual leaders debated the critical turning point at which the world finds itself, following the double impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Despite the prevailing economic uncertainty, attendees showed some signs of optimism for 2023, as the latest data, especially on prices, are better than expected.

After a 2022 shaped by the developments in the Basel III framework, post-COVID regulation or the first European banking climate stress tests, 2023 is looking set to be a key year in terms of digital regulation. Thus, the regulatory framework for cryptoassets and the digital euro will be two of the major issues on the agenda in the coming months. There are also expectations that the Basel III regulation will be finalized, that progress will continue to be made in sustainability and that proposals will be presented in Europe to improve the crisis management framework.

BBVA launched a 4.5-year covered bond today, which raised proceeds of €1.5 billion. The initial offered pricing (mid-swap rate plus 32 basis points) was lowered to the mid-swap rate plus 27 basis points thanks to strong demand of €3 billion. The issue will be listed on the Madrid market under Spanish law. This is the bank’s first issuance of this kind of debt since November 2016.