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BBVA’s Executive Board Member analyzed in Frankfurt the main challenges that Europe will face in the decade ahead and how they will affect banks. José Manuel González-Páramo noted that, on top of political and economic challenges, Europe will need to tackle “the double disruption that digital transformation and climate change will bring” and which will impact not only its economy, but also its financial institutions.

The 2019 syndicated loan market in Spain remained stable compared to 2018, primarily due to available liquidity —from banks and and institutional investors— in an environment of historically low interest rates. In addition, the European Central Bank has has all but ensured that interest rates will continue to hover in negative territory, given expectations for inflation over the next three years.

BBVA is to propose at the Annual General Meeting the appointments of Ana Revenga, Raúl Galamba and Carlos Salazar as new board members. With this announcement, BBVA fosters diversity of its highest decision-making governing body in several areas: female board members will now account for a third of the Board, meeting the goal set for 2020; and foreign board members will represent 40 percent. Areas of knowledge as relevant as sustainability will also be reinforced, especially from a social and aid development standpoint, as well as the global financial system and the Mexican financial sector, in particular. Following these changes, the Board will have two thirds of independent members.

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The 2019 bond market was marked by record levels of bond issuance, exceeding the 2018 volume issued in Spain by 29 percent. Also noteworthy, the green, social, and sustainability bond issuance activity saw impressive positive performance, with a volume of close to €230 billion worldwide. BBVA stood out as the most active player with a green bond issuance volume of above €3.3 billion.

On Friday,  January 31st, BBVA presented its 2019 results. The net attributable profit for the fourth quarter – excluding the impact from the goodwill adjustment in the U.S. – was 10 percent higher than consensus forecasts thanks to a higher net interest income and net trading income (NTI).  In terms of the breakdown by geographic areas, Spain, Mexico and Turkey stand out for their strong performance.

Carlos Torres Vila presented BBVA’s 2019 results today, “a year with record-high income” for the bank. BBVA’s Group executive chairman went over the bank’s biggest accomplishments since the presentation of the strategy in 2015 and also announced new strategic priorities. Of these, he emphasized two. On the one hand, “we want BBVA to be a trusted partner to improve our customers financial health”. And on the other, “we want to help them in the transition to a sustainable future.”