ATHENS, March 15 (Reuters) – Alpha Bank ACBr.AT, Greece’s third-largest lender by market value, reported a net profit last year after a loss in 2021 on lower loan impairment provisions.
Alpha Bank, which is 9% owned by Greece’s HFSF bank rescue fund, reported net earnings of 398 million euros ($427.37 million) versus a loss of 2.9 billion euros in 2021.
Loan-loss provisions dropped 23% year-on-year to 288 million euros.
Alpha’s accelerated efforts to clean up its balance sheet from bad loans last year reduced its Non Performing Exposure (NPE) ratio to 7.8% from 13.1% in 2021. Its stock of non-performing exposures is now at 3.1 billion euros, down by 2 billion euros year-on-year.
Greek banks have been working to reduce a pile of non-performing credit, the legacy of a decade-long financial crisis that shrank the economy by a quarter.
Alpha’s net interest income reduced by 3.8% year-on-year in 2022 to 1.32 billion euros.
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Source : Reuters