April 22, 2019 / 6:53 AM / in a month

Two Turkish state banks complete pricing for capital strengthening tool

ISTANBUL, April 22 (Reuters) - Turkish state-owned lenders Ziraat Bank and Vakifbank completed pricing of perpetual bonds worth a total 2.1 billion euros ($2.36 billion), the banks said late on Friday, using a tool to strengthen capital.

State lender Ziraat Bank, Turkey’s largest bank by asset size, has priced its Additional Tier 1 (AT1) notes worth 1.4 billion euros, the bank said in a stock exchange filing.

Earlier this month, Turkey pledged 28 billion lira to boost the capital level of state banks and relieve bad debts in a sector left reeling by last year’s crisis, as the country moved to revive an economy plagued by double digit inflation and recession.

After last year’s currency crisis - in which the lira shed around 30 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar - Turkey’s state banks began actively providing loan restructurings to companies and spreading low-interest credit to individuals as part of a broader government effort to stem the damage.

Vakifbank said pricing of its AT1 notes with a nominal value of 700 million euro has been finalised on April 18.

Economists have raised concern over a spike in the Turkish banking sector’s non-performing loan ratio. Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said last week the ratio stands around 4.2 percent and described it as “quite good.”

Last week, Halkbank said it plans to issue debt instruments or borrow in the Turkish market and abroad, to meet its Additional Tier 1 (AT1) capital requirements.

Turkey’s Kalkinma Bank and Eximbank authorised headquarters to secure loans to support capitals last week. ($1 = 0.8896 euros) (Reporting by Can Sezer Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Daren Butler)

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