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FIN-FSA decides not to extend its recommendation on distribution of credit institutions’ profits beyond 30 September 2021

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The Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) has decided not to extend its recommendation on the distribution of credit institutions’ profits beyond 30 September 2021. The recommendation expires as to both profit distribution and variable remuneration. Credit institutions’ decisions on profit distribution should take place after 30 September 2021.

The FIN-FSA's decision takes into account the decision taken by the European Central Bank (ECB) on 23 July 2021 not to extend beyond September 2021 its recommendation that all banks limit dividends. The ECB's decision is based on the rebound in economic activity and hence reduced uncertainty.

The FIN-FSA expects that credit institutions will continue to consider in their profit distribution plans and their activities overall the risks caused by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. In the distribution of profits, credit institutions should carefully assess the soundness of their capital base and business model and pay particular attention to credit risks.

The FIN-FSA issued in 2020 several recommendations on banks’ profit distributions. In its latest recommendation (of 18 December 2020), the FIN-FSA recommended that credit institutions under its direct supervision exercise extreme prudence and apply quantitative criteria in profit distribution for the financial periods 2019–2020. The FIN-FSA's previous recommendations on profit distributions have been in line with the ECB.

For further information, please contact

Jyri Helenius, Deputy Director General of the FIN-FSA, Head of Department, Banking Supervision Requests for interviews are coordinated by FIN-FSA Communications, tel. +358 9 183 5030, weekdays 9.00–16.00.

See also

• ECB press release 23 July 2021
• ECB recommendation on profit distribution 15 December 2020

Previous supervision releases aimed at credit institutions under direct FIN-FSA supervision:

• Supervision release of 18 December 2020 – 83/2020: New recommendation by FIN-FSA on distribution of credit institutions’ profits
• Supervision release of 28 July 2020 – 46/2020: Financial Supervisory Authority extends the validity of its profit distribution recommendation until 1 January 2021 and clarifies expectations related to capital and liquidity buffers
• Supervision release of 30 March 2020 – 12/2020: Financial Supervisory Authority refines recommendation on refraining from dividend distributions
• Supervision release of 28 March 2020 – 11/2020: FIN-FSA issues recommendation to supervised banks to refrain from dividend distributions - yesterday evening the ECB published a corresponding recommendation to banks under its direct supervision

Previous FIN-FSA press releases on the recommendation concerning profit distribution

• Press release of 18 December 2020: New recommendation by FIN-FSA on distribution of credit institutions’ profits
• Press release of 29 July 2020: Financial Supervisory Authority extends the validity of its profit distribution recommendation until 1 January 2021 and clarifies expectations related to capital and liquidity buffers
• Press release of 30 March 2020: FIN-FSA issues recommendation to supervised banks to refrain from dividend distributions - yesterday evening the ECB published a corresponding recommendation to banks under its direct supervision

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Finanssivalvonta, or the Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA), is the authority for supervision of Finland’s financial and insurance sectors. The entities supervised by the authority include banks, insurance and pension companies as well as other companies operating in the insurance sector, investment firms, fund management companies and the Helsinki Stock Exchange. We foster financial stability and confidence in the financial markets and enhance protection for customers, investors and the insured.

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