BNP, Socgen deny reported plan to raise $9.4 billion

PARIS Sun Oct 9, 2011 5:13pm EDT

People walk in front of a branch of French BNP Paribas bank in Marseille, September 13, 2011.   REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

People walk in front of a branch of French BNP Paribas bank in Marseille, September 13, 2011.

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PARIS (Reuters) - Top French banks BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA) and Societe Generale (SOGN.PA) denied a report that they could seek to raise a combined 11 billion euros ($14.8 billion) as part of a broader European bank recapitalization plan.

Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper had reported that France's first and second largest banks by market cap would seek about 7 billion euros and 3-4 billion euros, respectively.

A BNP spokeswoman denied the report, reiterating that it planned to reach Basel III capital targets without a capital increase. SocGen also denied the report and also said it would reach Basel III targets without a capital increase.

The Journal du Dimanche report, which did not cite sources, follows one in German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung saying that the top five French banks had agreed to receive 10 to 15 billion euros in fresh capital from the French state as long as Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) agreed to a government capital injection as well.

The Journal du Dimanche report said most European banking groups would prefer a European recapitalization mechanism "so as not to be stigmatized," adding that the European Banking Authority could be in charge of such a plan.

A French finance ministry source told Reuters on Friday there was common agreement between Paris and Berlin on the need to recapitalize European banks, adding that injections of public capital would be a "last resort."

(Reporting By Christian Plumb and Lionel Laurent; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)

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Intriped wrote:
Of course they deny everything that has some proof.

Oct 09, 2011 10:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
breezinthru wrote:
I was intrigued by the title of this article. I asked myself, “How does a bank “raise” money?” and “It sounds like a charity drive”.

In fact, it is a charity drive.

The money is being “raised” from government tax coffers courtesy of the citizens who thought their taxes were going to fund things like roads and health care.

The extraordinarily well-compensated, upper echelon of leaders at Eurozone banks are fortunate indeed to have political leaders who are so willing to donate their citizens’ money in an effort to capitalize the banks to levels at which a well managed bank would have already been capitalized.

The woeful inadequacies of those bankers are exposed. Perhaps they will be fired and fined and replaced with managers who work for much less and who are more honest, frugal and capable?

Oct 09, 2011 10:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeObserver wrote:
BNP Paribas could be in deep trouble, although officially they have not declared anything.

Oct 09, 2011 7:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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