ING takes capital hit for lowballing loan-loss provisions

ING deducted €351 million ($425 million) from its core capital in the fourth quarter to compensate for loan-loss provisions falling below regulatory minimum levels.

The capital hit was required under the ‘prudential backstop’ rule in the European Union’s Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). This obliges banks to maintain a minimum loss coverage against non-performing exposures (NPEs). If this threshold is breached, the difference has to be made up out of Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital.

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