The Bank’s SME Market Report for the second half of 2017 was released this week. The report can be found here.
Key results from the report include:
- Annual gross new lending to non-financial, non-real estate SMEs in Q3 2017 is 24 per cent higher than a year ago.
The SME lending market has become more concentrated in the last six months, with fewer banks holding an ever larger market share.
The share of SMEs in Ireland reporting they did not apply for bank loans because of sufficient internal funding was 50.4 per cent in September 2017.
SME loan rejection rates in Ireland have increased to 13.9 per cent in September 2017 from 8.2 per cent in March 2017.
- Interest rates for SME loans stood at 5 per cent in July 2017, high in a European context.
- When scaled relative to domestic demand, new loan issuance to SMEs in Ireland is very low compared to European comparator economies.
The share of SMEs transitioning into default between the period December 2016 and June 2017 is 2.4 per cent. The highest transition rates reported in the Wholesale/Retail sector (2.9 per cent) and the South-east (3.4 per cent).
We have published the data behind each chart for the first time. The spreadsheet can be found here.