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Profitability Analysis in the Egyptian Banking Sector


  • Christian Kalhoefer

    () (Faculty of Management Technology, The German University in Cairo)

  • Rania Salem

    () (Faculty of Management Technology, The German University in Cairo)


The paper is analyzing current problems of the Egyptian banking sector, which is dominated by public banks. The reported problems include a massive proportion of non-performing loans in the banks’ credit portfolios as well as significant profitability problems, especially in the public banks. Some empirical data is gathered using a bank-specific Return on Equity-Analysis. Results support the reported problems and also show some structural weaknesses of both public and private banks.

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  • Christian Kalhoefer & Rania Salem, 2008. "Profitability Analysis in the Egyptian Banking Sector," Working Papers 7, The German University in Cairo, Faculty of Management Technology.
  • Handle: RePEc:guc:wpaper:7

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    1. Aliasghar Aliakbarzadeh & Akbar Alem Tabriz, 2014. "Performance Evaluation and Ranking the Branches of Bank using FAHP and TOPSIS Case study: Tose Asr Shomal Interest-free Loan Fund," International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, vol. 4(12), pages 199-217, December.

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    Privatization; non-performing loans; return on equity analysis; banks; Egypt;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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