JERUSALEM Oct 9 Bank Leumi, Israel's
second-largest bank, expects to resume paying dividends in 2017
as it is very close to clearing a key regulatory hurdle, its
chief executive said.
Rakafet Russak-Aminoach told Bloomberg News that Leumi,
which has not distributed dividends since 2011, expects to meet
the Bank of Israel's demand of a Tier 1 capital ratio of 10.25
percent by January 2017.
"Whenever we are there, we will be able to approach the
regulator and ask for approval for a dividend," she said.
A Leumi spokesman confirmed that the bank believes it will
pay dividends during 2017.
Hedva Ber, Israel's Supervisor of Banks, last month said
that banks will be able to boost dividends next year after
raising capital levels to meet regulatory demands.
(Reporting by Steven Scheer, editing by David Evans)