A couple of charts and commentary from recent Macro Financial Reviews published by the Central Bank on non-property SME/corporate lending in Ireland.
Irish SMEs and non-financial firms are operating under considerable macro-financial headwinds. Overall, the sector accounts for 19 per cent of the domestic banks’ aggregate loan book. The value of impaired loans stood at €10.8 billion in December 2012, representing 25 per cent of the SME/corporate loan book, up from 21 per cent of the book at the end of 2011.
The exposure of the domestic banks to SME/corporate and CRE portfolios is also substantial, representing 19 per cent and 18 per cent of the domestic banks’ aggregate loan book, respectively. Impairment rates are noticeably higher than residential mortgage portfolios. The latest data indicate that impaired SME/corporate loans have risen from 24 per cent in 2012 Q2 to 27 per cent in 2013 Q3 while CRE NPLs went from 51 per cent to 61 per cent over the same period.
If loans, classified as “watch upper” and “watch lower” by domestic banks are included with impaired loans, the percentage of “vulnerable” SME/Corporate loans in 2013 Q3 rises to 45 per cent while the equivalent figure for CRE is 78 per cent.