As per the latest reports, a “distinct rise” has been recently reported by French Bank BNP Paribas in its trade finance operations for Q2 this year, following the revelation made by its Swiss unit about immense losses due to the closure of its commodity finance company.
In its latest quarterly outcomes, a rise is highlighted by the Paris-headquartered lender in its transactional banking operations, which deals with cash management & trade finance – including a 14% expansion in transaction numbers among its corporate customers compared to the first half of 2020.
The bank has additionally surpassed investigator assumptions in its equities and prime administration unit, and though the corporate banking revenue decreased to 1.6% year-on-year, it stays up over 13% from Q2, 2019.
According to the Chief executive Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, “the outcomes are quite satisfying and highlight the bounce back in movement in operation and our development scope.”
The outcomes contrast huge losses revealed by BNP Paribas’Swiss unit in its yearly report for 2020, announced in June.
The net losses of around US$400mn were declared by the Geneva-based unit, a crucial fall from over US$15mn profit the previous year, which is credited to “the crucial impact of withdrawing from the commodities financing company. ”
The losses followed its choice to suspend financing commodity trading, declaring a rebuilding exercise in September that would affect 120 employees.
According to CEO Monique Vialatou, the decision was taken “against a set of disruptions in the industry”, and was expected to adjust the Swiss unit’s business with the more extensive gathering of corporate and investment banking models.
The bank was broadly perceived to have been scared by a series of high-profile fraud incidents in the commodity finance industry that arose during 2020.
BNP Paribas was uncovered to be a creditor to Phoenix commodities and GP Global, two UAE-based trading houses that fell into monetary complexities last year amid claims of inappropriate lead.
In the case of GP Global, the Dubai-settled organization had been left with likely unrecoverable trade obligations after irregular or fictitious commodity finance transactions, where rebuilding officials didn’t accept there was any genuine fundamental trade movement.
A few other European moneylenders have additionally removed or downsized openness to the trade and commodity finance market over the past year, with many preferring to limit credit to the top end of the market – a phenomenon marked by bigger traders a “battle to quality.”