Carlos Torres Vila, Group Executive Chairman:
Egon Zehnder, a global consulting firm, is holding a round of digital meetings with CEOs of banks around the world to hear about their strategies to navigate the COVID-19 crisis and their insights into unprecedented situation. During a meeting held on April 4, BBVA CEO Onur Genç detailed the Group’s priorities in the face of the health emergency caused by COVID-19: safeguarding customer and employee health and continuing to deliver its services and supporting customers.
BBVA and Allianz have reached an agreement to create a bancassurance partnership, aimed at jointly boosting the non-life insurance business in Spain. The partnership brings together two strong and innovative global leaders with common strategic priorities. It also combines the expertise of industry partner Allianz, a leader in innovation and product development in bancassurance, with BBVA’s client knowledge and network distribution, offering customers products and solutions to improve their financial health and that of their businesses. The agreement, which is subject to the approval of regulatory authorities, is expected to generate a net profit of c. €300 million and c. 7 basis points on BBVA Group fully-loaded CET1 capital ratio, according to the initial price set at c. €277 million. Additionally, Allianz could pay up to €100 million more, depending on a series of goals.
BBVA acted as the sole advisory bank and bookrunner in the issue of the bond, Spain’s first in support of the public health system and to combat the COVID -19 outbreak. The bond, issued by the Community of Madrid, was entirely by Spanish insurer MAPFRE, will be the underlying asset of MAPFRE Compromiso Sanitario, the three-year asset-backed fund announced earlier this week by MAPFRE AM.
BBVA Group executive chairman Carlos Torres Vila and BBVA CEO Onur Genç participated in a virtual Live@BBVA event with more than 65,000 connections from employees. They provided answers to questions about how BBVA is dealing with the coronavirus crisis and sent a message of hope. “Together we can ensure that the recovery is stronger,” the chairman said. “It is time to step up and make a difference,” and to do so, “ “it is essential that we all – authorities, companies and society a whole – act in a coordinated manner.”
Although the consequences may be similar, there are significant differences between the economic recession of 2008 and the crisis that has abruptly erupted in 2020, primarily their origins: the Great Recession of 2008 was systemic and first took hold in the financial system; the Great Pandemic of 2020 is a cyclical crisis caused because the economy was brought to a sudden standstill in response to a health crisis. While there is a lot of uncertainty about the outcome, experts say that the rate of recovery depends on the speed with which containment measures are lifted.
In order to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis as soon as possible, it is important to adopt measures designed to preserve jobs, especially for SMEs and the self- employed, said BBVA’s Group executive chairman. At this point, “We need to put ourselves in the position of the self employed and business owners,” Carlos Torres Vila said Monday night in an interview with Spanish radio station COPE. In this regard, he stressed the role of banks to help these business endeavors overcome the crisis.
In an op-ed published in El País, Olga Gouveia, Principal Economist at BBVA Research, recalls the importance of banking services – considered essential services by authorities in many countries – in the current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, banks are part of the solution and the recovery will be faster if they remain capable of financing the economy.
Simple,a subsidiary of BBVA USA, today announced another addition to its rapidly growing list of products and features for its online customers with the launch of its No-Penalty CD.