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Regulatory im Advent – Teil I

Mit der Vorweihnachtszeit wird auch eine Zeit der Besinnung und des Reflektierens eingeläutet. Neigt sich das Jahr tatsächlich schon wieder dem Ende entgegen? Was haben wir in diesem Jahr alles erlebt? Konnten wir unsere guten Vorsätze in die Tat umsetzen? Auch wir, das Team Regulatory Management von PwC Deutschland, hat sich einen Moment Ruhe gegönnt und mal zurückgeblickt auf ein ereignisreiches und sicher nicht ganz einfaches Jahr. Mit unserer vierteiligen Adventsreihe möchten wir einige regulatorische Highlights des Jahres 2020 herausgreifen, aber vor allem auch nach vorne schauen.

EBA guidelines on reporting and disclosure of exposures subject to measures applied in response to COVID-19

On June 2nd, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a guideline with new reporting and disclosure templates to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on European banks. The revised templates are to be reported for the first time per June 30th, giving banks very limited time to implement the necessary changes.

BMF veröffentlicht Referentenentwurf des Risikoreduzierungsgesetzes (RiG) zur Umsetzung des EU-Bankenpakets

Nachdem auf europäischer Ebene das sog. Risikoreduzierungspaket, bestehend aus CRD V, CRR II, BRRD II, und SRMR II bereits am 7. Juni 2019 im Amtsblatt der Europäischen Union (Amtsblatt der EU vom 7. Juni 2019; L150) veröffentlicht wurde, hat das Bundesministerium der Finanzen am 17. April 2020 den Referentenentwurf  für ein Gesetz zur Reduzierung von Risiken und zur Stärkung der Proportionalität im Bankensektor (Risikoreduzierungsgesetz – RiG) auf seiner Homepage veröffentlicht. Damit sollen insbesondere die in dem Paket enthaltenen Richtlinienänderungen in nationales deutsches Recht umgesetzt werden. Entsprechend den Vorgaben in den Richtlinien soll das RiG grundsätzlich bereits am 28. und am 29. Dezember 2020 in Kraft treten. Obwohl die darin enthaltenen Änderungen bereits aus den umzusetzenden Richtlinien bekannt sind, ist erfahrungsgemäß immer noch ein Blick in das Umsetzungsgesetz selbst anzuraten. Die Darstellung aller relevanten Änderungen würde den Rahmen dieses Beitrags sprengen. Wir haben einige besonders wichtige Punkte aus der Umsetzung der CRD V herausgegriffen, die wir für Sie in prägnanter Form zusammengefasst haben.

PwC’s Pandemic Analysis and Scenario Simulation tool for the multi-year simulation of the COVID-19 crisis on regulatory capital

The simulation of the impact of COVID-19 on regulatory capital ratios will be one of the biggest challenges in the next weeks for banks. Both board members and supervisors are keen on understanding how the crisis will impact the capital ratios over the next three years. Based on the discussions with our clients, and the many years experience in RWA calculation and simulation tools we developed: (please click on picture to open)

PwC Pandemic Analysis and Scenario Simulation tool


Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis – Minimum capital ratios

Minimum capital ratios

The following blog post is part of the overview of supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis:Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis – Overview.

According to the ad hoc measures taken by the ECB, banks can fully use their capital buffers during this time of financial distress, including the Capital Conservation Buffer (CCB) and the Pillar 2 Guidance (P2G). This means that banks are allowed to operate temporarily – until further notice – below the level of capital defined by the P2G and the CCB. 

Besides, banks can partially use capital instruments that do not qualify as CET1 capital, e.g. Additional Tier 1 or Tier 2 instruments, to meet their Pillar 2 Requirement (P2R). This measure is effectively an early implementation of the standards laid down in CRD V that originally should entry into force in January 2021). Banks will therefore benefit from relief in the composition of capital for the P2R.

Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis: BaFin Q&A on the regulatory impact

The following blog post is part of the overview of supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis: Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis – Overview.

The Corona crisis affected banks not only in their daily business but also in their need to fulfil the regulatory requirements. Banks are now obviously confronted with a lot of open and urgent questions regarding specific regulatory issues. Therefore BaFin has set up a website with a comprehensive Q&A section around the regulatory issues in relation to the COVID-19 crisis and the countermeasures taken by the governments. The BaFin statements are directed to less significant institutions (LSI) in Germany. However, they might to some extent also serve as a guidance for significant institutions (SI) or banks in other jurisdictions, provided the statements are applicable and no contradicting statements were published by the respective competent authorities.

Since it is difficult to keep track with the frequently updated Q&As, we clustered and summarised BaFin’s most current key messages in the following section (as of April 22, 2020, to be updated continuously): 

Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis – Overview

Closed factories and shops, cancelled events, travel bans, wide-ranging curfews – the Corona crisis turns out to have dangerous and sudden effects on the global economy. The dramatic meltdown of leading stock markets in recent weeks seems to reflect the fears of a long-lasting recession. For some people, this brings back bad memories of the financial crisis back in 2008. Although “this time is different” [credits to Reinhart/Rogoff], the financial sector is facing severe second-order effects, including:

  • An unprecedented wave of distressed and defaulted clients leading to a sharp increase in loan loss provisions and thus serious P&L hits
  • Deterioration and high volatility of prices for bonds and equities that serve, e.g. as liquid assets or collateral

Besides, banks themselves need to cope with multiple operational challenges resulting from the extensive shutdown, e.g. working from home as a trader within a highly regulated environment or managing ongoing on-site inspections and important implementation projects “remotely”.

Therefore, besides several short-term measures to support companies, employees and self-employed people, the governments and respective competent authorities also agreed on various temporary reliefs for banks to ensure that they “can continue to fulfil their role to fund households and corporations amid the coronavirus-related economic shock to the global economy” [ECB].

PwC is committed to to be side by side with our clients in these difficult times, in any way possible to support institutions deal with the many challenges they are facing. Part of this commitment includes informing our clients proactively and help to analyze the potential impact of this crisis and related measures. Through this Regulatory Blog, we will continuously provide you with updates on regulatory and supervisory measures and share our views on how these could affect banks. (this time only in English since we have a steadily growing number of international readers – thank you for your understanding!). Information in German on the impact on the German Banking & Capital Market are available here: Banken und Kapitalmärkte – Auswirkungen durch COVID-19

Please do not wait to contact us whenever you need our support – be it in understanding and analyzing the impact of the crisis and the potential measures or in coping with the operational challenges in these extraordinary times. And most important: Please stay healthy and take good care of you and your loved ones!

Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis – Operational reliefs

The following blog post is part of the overview of supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis:Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis – Overview.

Operational reliefs

The most prominent decision taken by the BCBS in light of the COVID-19 crisis is obviously the revised timeline for implementing the final Basel III package (i.e. “Basel IV”). The general starting point is now postponed from 2022 to 2023, hoping that banks still have the chance to adapt to the new requirements in an appropriate manner despite the current circumstances. This will also apply in the European Union which has postponed the publication of a first CRR III draft to implement Basel IV in the Union that had been expected by mid-of-2020. In the same vein, the EBA In a statement on additional supervisory measures in the COVID-19 pandemic related to market risk declared that the reporting requirement for the new Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) standardised approach will also be postponed. CRR II required banks exceeding certain thresholds to start reporting on the new market risk calculations in the first quarter of 2021. Now, the EBA proposes to postpone this reporting requirement to the third quarter of 2021.

One of the first measures taken by the EBA to reduce the operational burden of banks in the light of the Corona crisis was to postpone the EU-wide stress test from 2020 to 2021 (see EBA statement as of March 12, 2020). To support banks’ focus on key operations and to limit any non-essential requests in the short term, the EBA has reviewed all ongoing activities requiring inputs from banks in the next months and decided to extend or postpone several deadlines. Please find below a detailed list of changes (click to enlarge):

In addition, according to the EBA statement as of March 31, 2020, further operational reliefs will be granted in terms of supervisory reporting and disclosures. According to the EBA, competent and resolution authorities should assess the extent to which a delayed submission of all the data or subsets of the data included in the EBA reporting framework would be justified in these extraordinary circumstances. For the time being, such supervisory actions are only being considered for submissions due between March and end of May 2020. In general, institutions should be allowed up to one additional month for submitting the required data. Each competent and resolution authority should clarify the precise terms for institutions in their jurisdiction. However, due to their importance for the supervisory authorities, the reportings of the LCR, the additional liquidity monitoring metrics (AMM) and the information on the institution’s liability structure, including intra-group financial connections (part of the resolution planning reporting) should still be reported in accordance with the deadlines specified in the applicable reporting standard. Further, the EBA clarifies that despite the current circumstances the reporting in accordance with the new data point model version 2.9 should still start with the reference date 31 March 2020.

Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis – Minimum liquidity requirements

The following blog post is part of the overview of supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis: Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis – Overview.

Minimum liquidity requirements

Whereas regulatory and supervisors have enacted a number of measures to support banks’ solvency and provide relief by for example pushing implementation and reporting deadlines, the opposite is true when it comes to the topic of liquidity. One of the lessons learned from the 2007/08 financial  crisis is that in a crisis, banks fail when they run out of liquidity. Therefore, regulators and supervisors have stressed the importance of receiving timely and accurate liquidity reporting from banks and have taken measures to strengthen banks’ liquidity rather than granted relief on any liquidity-related obligations.

Banks’ liquidity during the COVID-19 crisis is under pressure due to a number of reasons. Looking at the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) as the most important tool for the supervision of banks’ short term liquidity, both the numerator as well as the denominator are impacted. In the numerator, the market value of liquid assets is reduced by the declining asset prices. At the same time, the increased volatility of asset values makes controlling and managing the LCR more complex. Turning to the denominator, outflows may increase if depositors move to other means of storing their wealth that they consider safe in times of crisis such as gold. At the same time, liquidity inflows will be reduced as loans become non-performing due to the impact of COVID-19 on the real economy. 

Given the monthly reporting frequency of LCR and the Additional Monitoring Metrics (AMM), these will be the first reportings in which the effects of COVID-19 on banks will become apparent for supervisors. Therefore – and in contrast to the quarterly COREP and FINREP reporting – the EBA stressed in its statement from March 31st, that LCR and AMM reporting have been identified as priority and therefore no extension of reporting deadlines can be granted. At the same time, the changes to LCR reporting envisaged by DPM 2.9 has entered into force on March 31st without any postponement.

As pointed out above, there have been only few relief measures to soften the impact of the crisis on the LCR ratio. One point in case is the German supervisor’s statement on the eligibility of shares as Level 2 high quality liquid assets (HQLA). While they are generally only eligible if they withstand a liquidity shock without losing 40% of their market value, BaFin declared that even if shares exceed this threshold in the COVID-19 crisis, they remain eligible as high quality liquid assets if they are constituents of a main index and all other criteria for inclusion in the HQLA are fulfilled. Obviously, this is applicable only for German LSIs. More detailed information about the clarifications regarding liquidity risk from the German FSA (Bafin) can be found in the separate section (Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis: BaFin Q&A on the regulatory impact)

Finally, the ECB has taken measures to strengthen banks’ resilience by extending short term funding such as TLTRO measures and by stressing that banks may use their liquidity buffer during times of stress. This means to operate temporarily below the minimum LCR level of 100% in order to ensure liquidity in the system and avoid contagion effects that might trigger liquidity problems in other institutions. However, the precautions to be taken according to Art. 414 CRR when there is an (expected) LCR shortfall will be still applicable, i.e. immediate notification to the competent authorities, preparation of a liquidity restoration plan and daily LCR reporting. (please click to enlarge)

Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis – Defaults, Non-Performing Loans (NPL) and provisioning

Defaults, Non-Performing Loans (NPL) and provisioning

The following blog post is part of the overview of supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis:Supervisory measures in reaction to the Corona crisis – Overview.

Since banks fear a massive wave of counterparty defaults in the course of the Corona crisis, various supervisory authorities refer to the flexibility of the current NPL framework. For example, the ECB allows banks to benefit from guarantees and moratoriums put in place by public authorities to tackle the upcoming distress in the following manner:

  • Supervisors will grant flexibility regarding the classification of debtors as defaulted due to “unlikeliness to pay” when banks call on public guarantees issued in the context of the Corona crisis. Further flexibility will be exercised regarding loans under Covid-19 related public moratoriums.
  • Loans which become non-performing and are under public guarantees will benefit from preferential prudential treatment in terms of supervisory expectations about loss provisioning (i.e. 0% coverage rate for the first seven years of the vintage count when determining the NPL backstop. However, the NPL backstop itself is not going to be suspended according to current discussions).
  • Supervisors will deploy full flexibility when discussing with banks the implementation of NPL reduction strategies, taking into account the extraordinary nature of current market conditions.

The picture below provides an overview of the mechanism of the NPL backstop in times of the COVID-19 crisis:(please click to enlarge)

The following sub-chapters summarise the most recent publications and statements of the various authorities (especially BCBS, ECB, EBA) with regard to the prudential framework for defaulted and forborne exposures including related considerations on the provisioning according to IFRS 9.

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