Brexit grants $228bn boost to Irish banks’ balance sheets

The Hut predicts slower growth after earnings miss estimates

Since the Brexit vote in June 2016, Citigroup Inc., Barclays Plc and Bank of America Corp. have all set up or expanded units in Ireland that fall under the ECB’s supervision. The main Irish retail banks were already under the ECB’s remit.

The balance sheets of Ireland’s greatest banks have ascended by two thirds since the Brexit vote, the furthest down the line information to show how Europe’s financial landscape is moving after the U.K’s. takeoff from the European Union. Banks in Ireland managed by the ECB’s Single Supervisory Mechanism saw their balance sheets increment from 300 billion euros ($342 billion) in December 2015 to 500 billion euros in July, exchange group Banking and Payments Federation Ireland and its member the Federation of International Banks in Ireland said in a report Tuesday.

“While Ireland’s international financial services sector has steadily grown over the decades, the U.K.’s exit from the EU has accelerated this trend,” Fiona Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo & Co.’s Irish-based unit, said in a statement. “This has seen an influx of new staff, assets, risk management capabilities and investment services activities in Ireland.”

Thousands of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars of assets moved from the City of London since the U.K. voted to leave the bloc. While London remains Europe’s preeminent financial center, the shifts have given momentum to cities from Paris to Frankfurt to Dublin.

The SSM-supervised banks now employ about 27,000 people in Ireland and the financial services sector overall accounts for almost a fifth of Ireland’s overall corporation tax revenue, BPFI said. Those taxes have been key to underpinning the nation’s economy throughout the pandemic, when government spending soared to cover coronavirus-related welfare payments.

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