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  1. 1. 24/10/13 Santander's Brazil Unit Set to Boost Lending Again - WSJ.com Dow Jones Reprints: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit www.djreprints.com See a sample reprint in PDF format. Order a reprint of this article now MARKETS Santander Brazil Unit Set to Increase Lending Bank Plans to Emphasize Less Risky Lending to Keep Bad Loans Under Control, CEO Says By R OGER IO JEL MAYER a n d MATTH EW C OWL EY Oct. 24, 2013 3:43 p.m. ET SÃO PAULO—The Brazilian unit of Spanish bank Banco Santander SA plans to start picking up the pace of lending once again as the Brazilian economy shows signs of life. Santander wants to emphasize less risky loans, such as those to large corporations, while keeping bad loans under control, the first meaningful change of strategy at Banco Santander Brasil SA since Chief Executive Jesus Zabalza took over the Brazilian bank's operations in June. Related Santander's Net Surges as It Gears Up for Growth "My task in Brazil is first, to grow, then to grow profitably," Mr. Zabalza told reporters on Thursday. It is a move full of trade-offs, but one that is designed to boost profits. Loans with less risk mean the Brazilian bank is accepting a lower profit on each loan, but will try to make up for that with a larger volume of loans. Santander Brasil suffered more than most of its private-sector peers with the recent sharp increase in nonperforming loans, as rivals such as Banco Bradesco SA and Itau Unibanco Holding SA took a much more conservative approach as the economy slowed. "Santander is reaping the pros and cons from a strategy of risk reduction that was late compared to its peers," said Andre Riva, a senior analyst in São Paulo who covers Brazilian banks for Grupo Bursatil Mexicano SA de CV. On Thursday afternoon, the bank's shares were down 1.63% at 15.07 reais ($6.8), in line with the local index, the Ibovespa, which was down 1.33%. Santander Brasil is the largest single overseas contributor to profits of the Spanish parent company, which has been buffeted in recent years by the financial crisis in Spain and Europe. Santander owns 75% of the Brazilian unit's shares. The bank, the third-largest private-sector bank in Brazil in terms of assets, on Thursday said its net profit declined 6.8% to BRL1.41 billion ($648 million) in the third quarter, the first full quarter under Mr. Zabalza's management. The bank's credit portfolio grew 7.1% in the third quarter to BRL222 billion; Santander expects 11% growth for 2013 as a whole, and a little bit more than that next year. Santander Brasil's default rate has declined, but remains high compared with its peers. The online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304069604579155830018979744#printMode 1/2
  2. 2. 24/10/13 Santander's Brazil Unit Set to Boost Lending Again - WSJ.com default rate on loans that are more than 90 days overdue was at 4.5%, down from 5.1% a year ago. Bradesco's default rate stood at 3.6% at the end of the third quarter. Bradesco and Santander are the only Brazilian banks to have published third-quarter results so far. On Monday, Bradesco, the second-largest private-sector bank, reported a 7.1% rise in profit, largely due to lower provisions for bad loans. Itau Unibanco and state-run Banco do Brasil SA are scheduled to report in coming weeks. Santander's shift to lend more reflects a broader move in the Brazilian market, as bad loans appear to have peaked in the first half of this year, Mr. Zabalza said. As Brazil's economy slowed over the last three years, private-sector banks pulled back on making new loans while nonpayment rose. Public-sector banks, meanwhile, expanded their lending as part of a government-led strategy to gain market share and counteract some of the slower economic growth. Economists expect the Brazilian economy to grow faster this year than last, although growth still comes in bursts. After a surge in the second quarter, growth in the third quarter is expected to be close to zero. For the full year, economists expect around 2.5% growth, up from 0.9% last year. "For next year, we're not expecting an enormous growth in credit for the country," he said. Write to Rogerio Jelmayer at rogerio.jelmayer@wsj.com and Matthew Cowley at matthew.cowley@wsj.com Copyright 2013 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. Distribution and use of this material are governed by our Subscriber Agreement and by copyright law. For non-personal use or to order multiple copies, please contact Dow Jones Reprints at 1-800-8430008 or visit www.djreprints.com online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304069604579155830018979744#printMode 2/2

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