How did Covid-19 affect the 2021 half-year results of European banks?
We have analysed the 2021 interim reports of 26 banks in 11 European countries to better understand the impact of Covid-19 on their financial performance in H1 2021. This study is the third in its series and follows on our second edition of the report released in May 2021.
- In the first half of 2021, all banks in the sample present a significant decrease in their ECL charge compared to the same period in 2020.
- Most of the banks that experienced the highest increase in ECL charges last year are now among those with a net ECL profit in the first half of 2021.
- 100% out of 18 banks that disclosed their amounts both in H1 2021 and YE 2020 have a cumulated overlay that is an ECL charge.
- The change in overlays represents on average 54% in ECL profit or loss before overlays in absolute value.
Financial reporting of European banks