Turkey’s banking watchdog, the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK), has published the statistics for Turkey’s banking sector as of December 31st, 2020. Total assets have increased 36% to TL 6,107,832 million (USD 822.1 billion) compared with the end of the previous year. The largest asset figure is total loans which have increased 34.7% to TL 3,576,732 million (USD 481.4 billion). On the liabilities side, total deposits are TL 3,455,314 million (USD 465 billion), an increase of 34.6%. 55.3% of deposits are denominated in foreign currency. Net profit totalled TL 60 billion (USD 8.6 billion) in 2020, an increase of 22.3% on the previous year.
The figure for non-performing loans as of December 31st, 2020 is TL 150,385 million (USD 19.3 billion), which is 3.98% of total loans, which compares with 5.24% for the end of the previous year.
The USD rate was TL 7.43 in December 2020, compared with TL 5.94 for the same month of the previous year. The average USD rate for the year of 2020 is TL 6.99.
A total of 54 state/private/foreign lenders, including deposit banks, participation banks, and development and investment banks, conduct banking activities in Turkey as of March 2020. The sector has 188,164 employees, serving through 10,161 branches both in Turkey and at overseas locations.