Best Bank El Salvador: In Hands Less Foreign

Best Bank El Salvador: In Hands Less Foreign

In the past year, Banagrícola had beaten its local competitors, which are now all in foreign hands, handsomely on nearly all fronts. Of the three largest banks, it is the only one to have actually grown its asset base in the 12 months through June 2009, albeit at a meager 1%.“We have a lot of respect for the institution we have in El Salvador,” says Bancolombia CEO Jorge Londoño, noting that most of the executive team in place at the time of the acquisition has remained.Banagrícola’s ROE to June 30 of 11.23% is far superior to the 0.27% and -0.98% of HSBC and Citibank, respectively, according to data from El Salvador’s financial regulator. ROA of 1.30% is s

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