As of end November, total financial institution’s loans amounted to HRK 271.8bn, which represents a 4.5% increase YoY.
Croatian National Bank (HNB) published their monthly statistical report on loans placement of other monetary financial institutions. According to the monthly statistical report as of end November, total financial institution’s loans amounted to HRK 271.8bn, which represents a 4.5% increase YoY and a decrease of 0.1% MoM.
Its biggest categories household loans and corporate loans evidenced growth of 2.7% YoY and 2.5% YoY, respectively. In April corporate loans observed a monthly increase of 4.3% which arguably came on the back of higher demand for working capital loans and revolving loans. However, since then corporate loans have been observing a negative trend, recording MoM decreases. As of end November, corporate loans amount to HRK 84.2bn, representing a slight decrease of 0.3% MoM.
It is also worth adding that loans to central government witnessed sharp increase of 14.8% YoY to HRK 42.67bn, which was mostly evidenced with the beginning of the pandemic. To be specific, this relates to a HRK 6bn loan to the state (for Covid-19 support) which occurred in parallel to HNB reducing the required reserves for banks freed additional funds. Meanwhile, loans to local government amounted to HRK 5.7bn, representing an increase of 21.6%.
Total loans issued to households amounted to HRK 136.17bn, representing an increase of 2.7% YoY (or HRK 3.62bn). Such an increase was almost entirely driven by a rise in housing loans (+11% YoY or HRK 6.1bn) and somewhat consumer loans (+0.8% YoY or HRK 419.6bn). We note that these two items account for 83.7% of the total loans to households. The mentioned increase was partially offset by a decrease in almost all other loan segments. Furthermore, car loans observed a sharp drop of 26.5% or HRK 149.2m, which is the highest drop of all segments. This does not come as a surprise, given the low car sale trend which has been observed throughout this year.
Loans to Households (HRK bn)
Source: Croatian National Bank, InterCapital Research
If we were to compare total loans issued to households since the beginning of the pandemic, one can notice a slight increase of 0.6% or HRK 792.5m. Such an increase could mostly be attributed to a still solid performance of housing loans by 4.2% or HRK 2.45bn, which was partially offset by a 2.5% decrease in consumer loans (or HRK 1.35bn). We note that this loan segment has once again seen a MoM decrease (which has been the trend throughout the pandemic) after being relatively flat for two previous months.
On the flip side, housing loans continue recording MoM increases, with the exception of April (lockdown period), when housing loans observed a 0.6% decrease.
Structure of Loans to Households (November 2020)