After achieving 160,000 customers in its first year in Italy BBVA has set itself a new goal for 2023: to attract another 160,000 customers. And it is doing so with a 100% digital and free financial proposal that includes a wide range of services and tools so that users can make the best decisions and improve their financial health.
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.
Colombia has just launched an international bond issue in dollars with the aim of advancing financing for 2023 and improving the country's public debt profile. BBVA was one of the entities participating in the placement, which matures in 2034.
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.