Russian Consumer Bank Sberbank Reportedly Launching Blockchain Platform Built on Hyperledger Fabric

Russian banking group Sberbank is reportedly set to launch a blockchain platform built on Hyperledger Fabric. According to Coindesk, the blockchain system is designed for trade finance, which will include exchanging letters of credit.

The media outlet also revealed that Sberbank Deputy Chair, Anatoly Popov, shared with the Russian newspaper Vedomosti that the bank is planning to launch its own stable coin. However, there has been no concrete plan yet for thus said stablecoin, as the bank is currently waiting for a new digital assets law to become official in January 2021.

Meanwhile, Sberbank has released financial highlights for the first seven months of 2020. In July 2020 alone, the bank achieved the following:

  • The Bank earned RUB65.6 bn in net profit, ROE came in at 15.9% for the month;
  • Combined loan portfolio was up by 0.9% in July, excluding the effect of FX revaluation, with retail portfolio expanding by 1.8%, which was the most noticeable monthly increase from the beginning of last year, driven both by mortgages (+2.1%) and consumer lending (+1.8%). 
  • Retail client accounts increased by 1.3% and were up 0.4% excluding the effect of FX revaluation;
  • Operating income before provisions grew by 36% yoy, mainly due to net interest income and net trading income.

Alexandra Buriko, CFO of Sberbank, added:

“In July, Sberbank had a solid increase in corporate and retail lending as demand for loans recovered, among other factors, on the back of lower interest rates and considerable support measures to both community and business. The volume of restructured loans marginally increased as the majority of applications were processed in previous months. At the same time, we are cautious about the quality of the loan portfolio going forward. Current revenue trends benefit the profitability of the Bank, which along with cost optimization efforts support growth in returns on capital – ROE for the month came in as high as 16%.”

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