For the third time, BBVA's corporate banking has won the international publication's highest accolade in the latest edition of its 'World's Best Bank Awards', which set the standard for excellence in the financial sector.
BBVA has signed the sale of a portfolio of unsecured non-performing loans. This portfolio has an approximate gross value of €500 million. The sale will have a positive impact on the bank’s NPL ratio in Spain.
The BBVA Group, through its management entity Gestión de Previsión de Pensiones (GPP), has been one of the five management firms selected to manage the new government-sponsored occupational pension funds that the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration put out to tender on June 9th. GPP will manage three of the new pension funds. These savings vehicles aim to promote complementary social insurance among companies, institutions and the self-employed, with the goal of reaching €500 million under management after three years.
The Banker magazine, owned by the UK-based Financial Times group, has honored BBVA as Spain’s best-performing and fastest-growing bank. In addition, BBVA is Mexico's leading bank by capital adequacy and ranks among the 'Top 5' in Türkiye, Colombia and Peru. To compile its league table of leading banks, The Banker examines 30 indicators using its own in-house method.
Openpay, the BBVA Group's digital payments company, is positioning itself in the acquiring business in Latin America, with its annual volume of transactions processed in the region to reach 360 million by the end of March 2023. This exponential growth is the result of technological innovation in payment processes and the synergy it has established with the global financial institution, which has made it one of the main digital payment processing companies.
BBVA has given a new boost to its Wealth Management unit within the Private Banking area in Spain to enhance its range of services for individuals with a net worth of over €2 million. With a view to more personalized support for customers, BBVA Private Banking has recruited 28 new bankers (an increase of 38%), bringing the total team to 101 professionals. Of these new entrants, 13 will focus on the Ultra High Net Worth segment (net worth of more than €10 million).
BBVA's country manager in Spain, Peio Belausteguigoitia, spoke on Wednesday to underscore the bank's excellent performance in Spain, driven by a strategy of healthy organic growth via customer acquisition and strong progress in almost all line items of the income statement. Speaking at the UIMP summer course hosted by the APIE and BBVA, Mr. Belausteguigoitia stressed that one out of every five customers who open an account for the first time or decide to switch banks chooses BBVA. As a result, the bank ended 2022 with a record intake of new customers, while the figure for the first five months of this year is already close to 500,000.
BBVA has announced the MREL regulatory requirement for 2024 -a buffer to absorb losses- which the bank is already in compliance with. Starting next year, the bank needs to have a 22.11 percent volume of its own funds and eligible liabilities, or 25.42 percent including the combined requirement for capital buffers based on its risk-weighted assets (RWAs). As of March 31, 2023, the bank already meets this requirement, reaching 26.89 percent, as well as the subordination requirement.
BBVA today placed an AT1 contingent convertible (CoCo) bond on the market, with a December 21, 2028 redemption window. The interest rate was set at 8.375 percent, significantly lower than the initial 8.75 percent. Demand reached €3.1 billion, tripling the initial offer of the issue.
BBVA went to market this Wednesday with a €750 million Tier 2 subordinated debt issue, maturing in September 2033 and with a three-month daily call option period between June and September 2028. The pricing was finally set at midswap plus 280 basis points. This was significantly below the initial pricing of midswap plus 305 basis points. Demand was high: €1.6 billion, and more than 130 orders. The bookrunners were BBVA, BNP Paribas, ING, JP Morgan and Unicredit.