P.R. Banking Industry Report – January to June 2011

September 21, 2011

The Q2 2011 results confirm the success of the measures taken in the past years to reduce nonperforming assets and maintain appropriate capital levels. With banks ready to grow their core businesses in a challenging economic scenario with limited organic growth opportunities, a new competitive landscape has emerged. In this new landscape, stealing share through superior service and innovative marketing ideas while protecting margins will be the name of the game. So far, some banks have fared better than others under this new landscape, particularly in the commercial credit business where competition is most fierce. While we are optimistic that the banking sector credit performance will continue to improve and the market will slowly recover, it is still possible that the economy deteriorates further and that banks will need to refocus on loss mitigation.

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