The report: TOP 200 BANKS IN CEE - 2016 EDITION is providing an overview of the most recent development on the CEE banking markets. Report gives information on the size and most recent growth of top 15 CEE banking markets. Finally it contains a league table of top 200 banks in CEE-15 ranked by their total asset value as of end of 2015 (unconsolidated figures)
Assets of banks operating in CEE15* have expanded by 3% YoY and topped EUR 1.11 trillion as of Dec. 2015.
Despite some headwinds including unfavourable regulatory developments, increasing taxation and debt restructuring, the banking industry across CEE region remains in a growing trend. During 2015, banking assets have increased in 11 out of 15 CEE markets with Slovakia, Estonia and FYROM (Macedonia) experiencing a 8% growth. Only in two markets - Slovenia and Lithuania - bank assets have contracted and in two remaining countries they have remained almost unchanged.
A convergence trend in the level of financial intermediation across CEE can be observed. Markets with the highest assets per capita e.g. Slovenia are seeing contraction or slow growth while countries with the least developed banking markets experience expansion. Nevertheless, the gap between regional leaders and laggards remains big. For example banking assets per capita in Bosnia or Albania are six times lower than those of Slovenia or Czech Republic.
In contrast to Western Europe, CEE banks have been recently improving their financial performance and profitability. The ROA and ROE ratios for major CEE banks stood at 0.79% and 6.81% in 2015 vs. 0.60% and 5.14% a year ago respectively.