Money & Banking

Spanish bank seeks €19-b fund support

PTI Berlin | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on May 26, 2012

Spain’s fourth largest bank Bankia, which lost billions of euros through its exposure to the collapsed property market, has asked the government for a financial support of €19 billion to avert bankruptcy.

Bankia had already received from the Spanish Government a financial assistance of €4.5 billion when it was partially nationalised two weeks ago and the total costs of rescuing the bank will now go up to €23.5 billion.

More bad news for the Spanish Government came from the regional government in Catalonia, which asked for help to make payments.

While the financial crisis in Greece was triggered by massive debts and huge budgetary deficit, the crisis in Spain stems from the banking sector, which suffered massive losses after the property bubble burst in 2008.

Bankia, which reportedly has provided about €32-billion credit to the unsuccessful property market, is at the centre of the Spanish financial crisis.

The Government of Prime Minister Mr Rajoy is determined to prevent a collapse of the bank at any cost, media reports said quoting government officials.

The Spanish Government holds a 45 per cent stake in the bank, which was created two years ago by merging Caja Madrid with several regional savings banks.

In view of the deteriorating situation of the Spanish banks, rating agency Standard & Poor’s on Friday evening downgraded the creditworthiness of Bankia and four other banks to BB+ from BBB.

Last week, Moody’s had downgraded 16 Spanish banks.

Bankia announced on Friday that it suffered a loss of around €3 billion in 2011, correcting an earlier claim that it made a profit of €300 million.

Trading in Bankia shares was temporarily suspended in the Madrid stock exchange.

Spain’s Economy Minister Mr Luis De Guindos told Parliament in Madrid that his Government will make available the funds necessary for Bankia’s survival.

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Published on May 26, 2012
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