Credit Agricole SA (ACA-FR)

QUOTE AND NEWS  May 12  Comment 
PARIS (dpa-AFX) - Shares of Credit Agricole Group (CRARF, CDA.L, ACA) declined around 5 percent in the morning trading in Paris after the French lender reported lower profit in its first quarter, mainly reflecting one-time items and weak revenues,...
The Economic Times  Apr 7  Comment 
"It's the same old story. We don't see any demand for sterling from buyers, and the reason is Brexit," said Credit Agricole currency strategist Manuel Oliveri.  Mar 9  Comment 
VIENNA (dpa-AFX) - French shares rose notably on Wednesday, as investors shrugged off global growth worries and looked ahead to Thursday's ECB meeting amid hopes that the central bank will introduce new easing measures to combat persistently...  Mar 9  Comment 
PARIS (dpa-AFX) - French lender Credit Agricole Group (CRARF, CDA.L, ACA), comprising Crédit Agricole S.A. and Regional Banks, Wednesday presented Strategic Ambition 2020, its medium term strategic plan for 2016- 2019. For fiscal 2019, the...
Forbes  Feb 18  Comment 
(Kitco News) - Credit Agricole sees gold trending higher into 2017, commenting that improvement in risk sentiment for other markets does not necessarily mean markedly lower demand for the precious metal.
Mondo Visione  Feb 17  Comment 
Crédit Agricole CIB is a new user of EurexOTC Clear for Interest Rate Swaps (IRS), a service offered by Eurex Clearing, one of Europe’s leading clearing houses and part of the Deutsche Börse Group. Crédit Agricole CIB has been connected as a...
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 17  Comment 
European stock markets resumed their recovery on Wednesday, boosted by a rise in the shares of French bank Credit Agricole and miner Glencore. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.2 per...  Feb 17  Comment 
PARIS (dpa-AFX) - French lender Credit Agricole Group (CRARF, CDA.L, ACA) reported that its net income Group share for the fourth quarter of 2015 rose 16.0% to 1.564 billion euros from 1.349 billion euros in the fourth quarter of 2014. Excluding...  Feb 3  Comment 
PARIS (dpa-AFX) - French lender Credit Agricole Group (CRARF, CDA.L, ACA) reported Wednesday higher profit in its fourth quarter as revenues were benefited by strong performances of all business lines. Citing the strong results, the company...


Credit Agricole (EPA:ACA, NASDAQ:CRARY) is a Paris based financial institution offering products and services ranging from regular banking to insurance to asset management. As a banking group it offers retail banking (11,500 branches in 65 countries) in France through LCL (Le Credit Lyonnais) and throughout the rest of Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle-East through numerous regionally focussed divisions/subsidiaries (for example business in Egypt is done through Credit Agricole Egypt). The group's business is divided into 4 main segments; retail banking, specialized financial services, asset management, and corporate and investment banking. It is a major international player ranking 4th in terms of asset value (over US$2.227 trillion) and 53 overall in revenue.[1][2] It is France's third largest bank by market value.[3]

The credit crisis had an adverse affect on the bank for at least 2 years starting in late 2007 when subsidiary Caylon lost €3.3 billion in the 4th quarter before recovering somewhat in 2009.[4]

The bank acquired Emporiki Bank of Greece in 2006 because of a desire to expand in Greece where at that time the economy was growing three times faster than in France. The initial offer was $3.5 billion.[5]

Company Overview

Retail banking business in France is conducted through Regional Banks and Le Credit Lyonnais (LCL has over 21 million customers and 9100 branches making it the largest player in France).[6] International retail banking has 6.5 million customers, 2400 branches in 15 countries (mostly in Europe and the Mediterranean) Specialized financial services includes asset management and securities, insurance, consumer finance, private banking, leasing and subsidiaries that specialize in other activities (2009 saw the creation of Amundi and the acquisition of 85% of Caseis). Corporate and investment banking deals in capital markets, brokerage, investment banking, structural finance and commercial banking.

Credit Agricole's 64 brands/divisions include Agos Italia (consumer finance services, part of subsidiary Sofinco), CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets (65% owned investment banking and asset management company), Le Credit Lyonnais (6 million customers in France, owned since 2003), Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (corporate and investment bank with an international presence (58 countries), Emporiki Bank (serves the Greek market with retail banking services), Amundi (75% owned asset management in 30 countries, has assets that are about a third of Credit Agricole's total, ranks 3rd in Europe in assets among asset management companies, is also run by Societe Generale).[7]

Business Segments

  • French retail banking offers property insurance, mutual fund investments, mortgage as well as other lending and deposits and savings.
  • International retail banking offers services similar to those by its French counterpart, in 57 countries but with a focus on Greece, Egypt, Serbia, Chile, Morocco, Italy and the Congo.
  • Specialized financial services which are divided into 3 categories; consumer credit, lease finance and factoring offers insurance options, repayment loans, credit cards and other credit services.
  • Insurance (Predica) Asset Management & private banking (CA Asset Management) is involved in the investment businesses of asset allocation (helps investors choose between asset classes) and private investment (investments that are not publically traded).
  • Corporate and investment banking deals in such areas as foreign exchange, commodities, derivatives, and other investment banking.[8]

In the following table NBI is net banking income, OI is operating income, NI is net income and Risk is the cost of risk.

Business Line € million Regional Banks LCL International
Retail Banking
Spec Fin Services AM, Insur, Prvt Banking Corp&Inv Banking Corp Centre
1hfy09 NBI 6821 1904109815811700 3497(343)
1hfy10 NBI 7285 19711094197624832964(329)
1hfy09 gr OI2777640.94419168331989(773)
1hfy010 gr OI3138689423111312131312(782)
1hfy09 Risk829.7 180576na552(27)
1hfy10 Risk877 20566317185(21)
1hfy09 NI334.62921981945641032(808)
1hfy10 NI514339158253741820(744)

Business & Financials

€ billion 2005[9] 2006[10] 2007[11] 2008[12] 2009[13] 1hfy09[14] 1hfy10[14]
NBI (group) 13.693 16.187 16.768 15.956 17.9428.62010.293
Gross Loans 261.4 336.3397.3 436.9 463.6440.952506.063
Customer Deposits 416.5 513.6 564.9 907.89 634.4
Total Equity 34.908 39.089 46.474 47.336 51.96445.546.0
Total Assets 1061.41261.3 1414.2 1653.21557.31605.41765.5
AUM 562.7 636.9 614.4 550.8 688.5578.7834.7
Data from page 8 and 9 of the company's 2009 Annual Results

The biggest negative effect on the company's finances in 2009 came from its corporate center businesses. The business segment suffered a net loss on the year of €1,390 million compared to a net gain of €261 million in the last fiscal year. Concerning assets 2009 saw major growth in bank deposits (largest contributor to the 9.5% rise in amounts due to customers for the year) and securities sold under repurchase agreements. There was also a 21.6% fall in the value of total financial assets at fair value through profit or loss (89.9% of which are securities). The credit crisis had an adverse affect on the bank for at least 2 years starting in late 2007 when subsidiary Caylon lost €3.3 billion in the 4th quarter before recovering somewhat in 2009.[4] An unauthorized $348 million trade also affected performance in 2007.[15]


The financial crisis that wiped away trillions of dollars in market value globally also reduced the value of assets held by leading banks. Some financial institutions dealt with the crisis better than others. Credit Agricole's asset value grew larger with each year for the last 5 reaching a record high in 2010 when it ranked 4th among all forbes 2000 companies, surpassing Bank of America and Barclays.[16][17][18][19][20]

Credit Agricole Luxembourg (specializes in private banking) has been active in takeovers, formed first as a result of a merger between CA Indosuez & CA Lyonnais and then in August 2010 it acquired Belgian brokerage Dresdner Van Moer Courtens (DVMC). DVMC had €615 million in assets at the end of 2008[21] The move makes Credit Agricole an even bigger player in Belgium-Luxembourg private banking, a region where lenient and attractive tax laws have enabled and encouraged private banking business growth.

Leading European banks in the graph to the right

Financial Data 1hfy10 unless ow stated Societe Generale[22] Unicredit Group[23][24] ICBC[25][26] Intesa Sanpaolo[27][28] Credit Agricole[29]
Net Interest Income (€ mil) 30,545('09)17,568('09)15,89610,486('09)na
RevenueNBI 13,26013,29930,267('09)$50,710('09)[30]10,293
Operating Income 2745548216,171('09)82351672
Customer Deposits 300,054('09)235,896('09)1,059,961858,577634.4

Credit Agricole companies and subsidiaries

Credit Agricole companies[31]
name business segment percent stake (%) 2009 revenue/assets (mil) name business segment percent stake (%) 2009 revenue/assets (mil)
Regional Banks
(38 managed by different
Retail Banking (RB)
25 €18,000[32] LCL Le Credit Lyonnais France RB 95.1 €3800[33]
Cariparma&FriulAdria Group Italy RB Cariparma 75
FriulAdria 53.33
€1440[34] BES Group
(Portugal's largest prvt bank)[35]
Banco Espirito Santo
Portugal RB 10.81 dir
9.15 thru Bespar
:€80.7b net assets[36]

Bankinter Spain RB 23.42 €1245.182
EUR 54.4 bn Assets[37]
Credit Agricole Egypt S.A.E. Egypt RB 47.09 EGP 1006.5[38]
Credit Agricole Banka
SRBIJA Ad Novi Sad
Serbia RB 100 €36.6[39] Emporiki Bank Greece RB 86.49 €750.9[40]
BESPAR (ESFG) Portugal RB 22.88 €1400[41] Lukas SA Poland RB 76.29
JSC Index Bank
2006 for $260 mil
Ukraine RB 99.99 GEL 319[42]
1:1.75 USD 1Q2010
Credit Du Maroc Morocco RB 76.66 €154.7[43]
Credit Uruguay Banco Uruguay RB 100 CA Consumer Finance
owns 99.63% of Sofinco,100% Finaref SA
Services (SFC)
100 €466 (€983 tot less
€517 CA Leasing)[44]
CA Leasing SFC 100 € 517[45]
after merging w Eurofaktor
Eurofaktor SFC 100 Zloty 8.764
EFL SFC Poland 99.98 Amundi Group
(100% owner of Amundi,
Immobilier, CPR AM)
Asset Management 73.62 assets of €670,000
BFT Asset Management 28.22 Caceis
(100% owner of Caseis Bank
(Luxembourg, Deutschland), Fastnet
Suisse, CT)
Issuer Services 85 €813[47]
Caseis Fastnet Issuer Services 79.77 CA Assurances
(100% owner of Predica, Pacifica,
CA Creditor Insur., CA Assu. Italia Hold.,
Emporiki Life)
Insurance 100 €22,000[48]
Bes Vida Portugal Insurance 50 Bes Seguroos Portugal Insurance 50
BGPI Private Banking 100 CA Luxembourg
merger CA Indosuez
& CA Lyonnais[49] Luxembourg
Private Banking 100
CA Suisse Private Banking 100 CHL 414.4[50] Fininvest Private Banking 95.65 €5536.9[4]
Credit Foncier De Monaco Private Banking 67.1 €100.3[51]
€9330 Assets
Calyon (100% owner
CA Cheuvreux)
Corporate & Inv.
Banking (C&IB)
97.33 €2153[52]
CLSA Group C&IB 96.24 Newedge Group C&IB 48.67 €949[53]
Banque Saudi Fransi BSF C&IB 30.28
(69.9 by Saudi's)
SR 4295[54]
CA CIB C&IB 100 €4428[55]
  • Revenue in Europe is referred to as net banking income. In other places like Portugal it refers to operating income.


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