Lebanese Commercial Banks’ Total Assets Down Year on Year by 9.85% to $103.8B by March 2024

According to Lebanon’s consolidated commercial banks’ balance sheet, total assets declined annually by 9.85% to stand at $103.8B by March 2024 amid BDL’s adoption of a new exchange rate of LBP 89,500 per USD effective 31/01/2024.

On the assets side, currency and deposits with Central Bank represented a high figure of 78.25% of total assets; they dropped annually by 4.92% to settle at $81.23B in March 2024. Deposits with the central bank (BDL) represented 99.88% of total reserves, and decreased by 4.21% YOY, to reach $81.13B in March 2024. Furthermore, vault cash in Lebanese pound declined by 86.65% on a yearly basis to stand at $98.62M by the same period. The drop is attributed to the calculation based on the new official exchange rate of LBP 89,500 per USD.

Claims on resident customers, constituting 5.73% of total assets, shrank considerably by 31.19%, to stand at $5.95B in March 2024. Moreover, resident securities portfolio, representing 4.62% of total assets, dropped by 31.91% in March 2024 to stand at $4.8B. More specifically, the Eurobond holding recorded a decline of 21.39% since March 2023, to reach $2.22B (net of provisions) by end of March 2024. Additionally, claims on non-resident financial sector grew by 6.84% YOY to stand at $4.41B by March 2024.

On the liabilities side, resident customers’ deposits were the main account, representing 66.45% of total liabilities; they dropped by 7.99% since March 2023 to reach $68.98B by the month of March 2024. In more details, deposits in foreign currencies (being 99.2% of resident customers’ deposits) declined by 4.73% YOY to reach $68.43B by March 2024, additionally deposits in LBP (0.8% of resident customers’ deposits) fell by 82.42% YOY to stand at $553M by March 2024 especially after applying the new official exchange rate of 89,500. This reveals that Lebanon has become highly dollarized and cash based, as the dollarization ratio for private sector deposits increased from 96.42% in March 2023 to 99.33% in March 2024.

As for non-resident customers’ deposits, grasping 20.17% of total liabilities, they recorded a drop of 2.53% and stood at $20.94B in March 2024. In details, the deposits in LBP fell by 85.26% to reach $31.05M (after applying the new official exchange rate of 89,500) and deposits in foreign currencies declined by 1.71% to reach $20.9B over the same period. In addition, non-resident financial sector liabilities held 2.65% of total liabilities and decreased by 15% YOY to reach $2.75B in March 2024.


Commercial Banks Assets and Residents Customer Deposits by March 2024 ($B)

Lebanese Commercial Banks’ Total Assets Down Year on Year by 9.85% to $103.8B by March 2024



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