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An Analysis of the Profitability, Risk and Growth Indicators of Banks Operating In Malta


  • Silvio John Camilleri

    (Banking & Finance Department - FEMA, University of Malta)


The paper consolidates the summarised financial statements of the main banks operating in Malta during the year 2002, to form a Typical Large Bank and a Typical Small Bank. The rofitability, risk and growth prospects of the two institutions are analysed through Return on Equity decomposition and the use of other financial ratios. Various differences between large and small institutions emerge. In particular, larger institutions realised higher profitability and cost control; they were more capitalised in absolute terms and relied relatively less on interest income. Smaller institutions generated comparatively more revenue; they were more capitalised in relative terms, were relatively more provisioned against loan losses and held a higher proportion of liquid assets.

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  • Silvio John Camilleri, 2005. "An Analysis of the Profitability, Risk and Growth Indicators of Banks Operating In Malta," Finance 0507021, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpfi:0507021
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    5. Silvio John Camilleri & Denise Ellul, 2017. "Younger Customers' Outlooks when Selecting and Changing a Financial Services Provider: The Case of Maltese Students," International Journal of Financial Research, International Journal of Financial Research, Sciedu Press, vol. 8(2), pages 51-63, April.
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    Return on Equity Model; Banks; Malta; Indicators;

    JEL classification:

    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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