We have managed to maintain strong capital ratios without having to implement rights issues like the majority of other Italian banks (our last was in 1998).
The European regulations on banking supervision have been strengthened in recent years with the Capital Requirements Directive IV and Capital Requirements Regulation (CRD IV/CRR, otherwise known as Basel III). The new regulations set stricter capital requirements for banking activity in terms of the type and amount of the risks faced.
In 2014 the Capital Requirements Directive IV and Capital Requirements Regulation came into force. CRD IV/CRR, otherwise known as Basel III, was transposed into Italian law under Bank of Italy circular no. 285 released in December 2013.
The new regulations are intended to:
- improve the banking sector’s capability to absorb the shocks deriving from economic and financial tensions;
- improve risk management and governance;
- strengthen banks’ transparency and reporting.
Basel III consists of three pillars:
- Pillar I: minimum capital requirements, risk coverage, leverage ratio. Entails stricter capital requirements in order to meet the risks typically faced in banking activity;
- Pillar II: risk management and supervision;
- Pillar III: market regulations and new public disclosure requirements.
Capital ratios at 30 June 2021:
- Common equity ratio (CET1 phase-in): 16.3%,up 20 bps compared with the figure recorded at 30 June 2020 (16.1%), as it includes the share of retained earnings (which added 50 bps, net of the cash payout at 70%), the lower deductions to goodwill (adding 15 bps, regarding the adjustments to goodwill for RAM and Messier & Associés), and the higher valuation reserves for proprietary securities (adding 20 bps). Conversely, the deduction for the Assicurazioni Generali investment was higher (minus 30 bps, taking account of the reduction in RWAs), to comply with the stricter concentration limit now calculated at 25% of Tier 1 rather than 25% of total eligible capital (pursuant to CRR II, Article 395).
- Total capital ratio (TC phase-in): 18.9%, higher than the figure recorded at 30 June 2020 (18.8%).