Maribor, 12 July (STA) - Slovenia's second largest bank, NKBM, is expected to end 2012 with a net loss of EUR 70m, according to a revised business plan adopted by the supervisory board on Thursday. The original plan envisaged a small net profit.
The revision is a consequence of the continued weakness of the Slovenian
economy and $intensive cleaning$ of the balance sheet, the bank
said in a written statement.
The restructuring will be based on the
cleaning of non-performing loans and disposal of non-core assets, foremost
among them a majority stake in insurer Zavarovalnica
Additionally to the offloading of assets, the supervisors
tasked the management today with taking further measures to shore up the
bank's balance sheet.
The only way the bank can return to
profitability is with sound foundations. It needs to be cleaned to make it
ready for growth and development, CEO Aleš Hauc told the press
The NKBM group ended 2011 with a higher-than-expected net loss
of EUR 81m.