Bank of Italy extended the application of the recommendations on the dividend distribution and variable remuneration policies. Bank of Italy also issued clarifications on the expiration of the flexibility granted on compliance with capital and liquidity buffers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier, in March 2020, Bank of Italy published a Recommendation asking less significant banks not to pay dividends and to abstain from buyback of treasury shares up to October 01, 2020. Now, in line with the provisions of the ESRB Recommendation from May 27, 2020 and the ECB guidance for significant banks, Bank of Italy recommends the less significant banks to not pay dividends, or make any firm commitments to pay dividends, for 2019 and 2020 and to not proceed with the repurchase of shares. The central bank will assess the adequacy of the adopted policies within the annual supervisory review and evaluation process (SREP). It will continue to monitor the situation and will consider the opportunity for further communication on the distribution of dividends and variable remuneration policies after January 01, 2021.
In line with what was communicated by ECB, Bank of Italy continues to encourage banks and non-bank intermediaries under its supervision to use the assigned Target Component following the SREP process (Pillar 2 Guidance or P2G), the Capital Conservation buffer (CCB), and the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) to absorb losses in an orderly manner to encourage loans to families and businesses. The Bank of Italy will, therefore, not request the restoration of the capital buffers before the end 2022 and the LCR level before the end of 2021; these dates may be postponed, if necessary. If it should be deemed appropriate to increase the level of the Pillar 2 Guidance for some intermediaries, the necessary time to reach the new levels will be granted.
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Keywords: Europe, Italy, Banking, COVID-19, Dividend Distribution, Pillar 2 Guidance, SREP, Regulatory Capital, Liquidity Risk, LCR, CRR/CRD, Less Significant Institutions, Bank of Italy
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