Fitch: Brazilian Banks Brace for Rising Provisions this Year

NEW YORK--()--Brazilian banks will face more asset quality pressure and rising loan loss provisions in 2015, dampening the profitability of the Brazilian banking industry, says Fitch Ratings.

A tougher 2015 for Brazilian banks is emerging due to downward credit pressure in the corporate sector due to weak demand, higher corporate leverage and lower liquidity.

Loan loss provisions of up to 30% higher than 2014 should be manageable for most Brazilian banks, with limited impact on their ratings, assuming that capitalization, funding and liquidity remain aligned with historic trends.

The Petrobras investigation and the energy giant's reduced capital expenditures are adding to pressures on the Brazilian banking sector. While banks' revenues have risen due to 2014's interest rate hikes, borrower payment strain increases with it.

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Claudio Gallina
Latin American Financial Institutions
+55 11 4504-2216
Fitch Ratings Brasil Ltda.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
or
Eduardo Ribas
Director
Latin American Financial Institutions
+ 55 11 4504 2213
Sao Paulo, Brazil
or
Matthew Noll, CFA
Senior Director
Financial Institutions - Fitch Wire
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New York, NY
or
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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Claudio Gallina
Latin American Financial Institutions
+55 11 4504-2216
Fitch Ratings Brasil Ltda.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
or
Eduardo Ribas
Director
Latin American Financial Institutions
+ 55 11 4504 2213
Sao Paulo, Brazil
or
Matthew Noll, CFA
Senior Director
Financial Institutions - Fitch Wire
+ 1 212 908-0652
33 Whitehall Street
New York, NY
or
Media Relations:
Elizabeth Fogerty, +1-212-908-0526
elizabeth.fogerty@fitchratings.com