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Saudi banks exceed maximum loan-to-deposit ratio in Q2-20

Saudi banks exceed maximum loan-to-deposit ratio in Q2-20
The bank credit increased to SAR 1.672 trillion

By: El-Sayed Gamal

Riyadh – Mubasher: Deposits held by banks operating in Saudi Arabia grew by SAR 151.53 billion or 8.9% year-on-year (YoY) to SAR 1.843 trillion during the second quarter (Q2) of 2020 from SAR 1.691 trillion.

Meanwhile, the value of demand deposits, which accounted for 66.01% of total deposits, increased by SAR 144.35 billion or 13.5% to SAR 1.217 trillion in the April-June period from SAR 1.072 trillion in the corresponding period in 2019, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) said.

Time and savings deposits rose by 1.4% to SAR 443.49 billion in Q2-20 from SAR ­437.18 billion in Q2-19.

Moreover, quasi-monetary deposits amounted to SAR 182.85 billion in the three-month period ended on 30 June, up by 0.47% YoY from SAR 181.98 billion.

Quarter-on-quarter (QoQ), the kingdom’s bank deposits increased by SAR 32.49 billion or 1.8% from SAR 1.810 trillion in Q1-20.

Over the first half (H1) of 2020, the bank deposits levelled up by SAR 46.99 billion or 2.6% from SAR 1.796 trillion in H1-19.

Bank credit

The kingdom’s banks exceeded the maximum 90% loan-to-deposit ratio, registering 90.72% during the April-June period.

The bank credit increased by SAR 194.91 billion or 13.2% during Q2-20 to SAR 1.672 trillion from SAR 1.477 trillion in Q2-19.

The long-term credit increased by 35.5% to SAR 712.01 billion, while the mid-term credit rose by 6.7% to SAR 243.3 billion.

On the other hand, the short-term credit fell by 0.9% to SAR 716.66 billion.

QoQ, the bank credit rose by 2.3% from SAR 1.633 trillion in Q1-20.