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KIEV, Sept 21 Belarus's central bank said on
Wednesday that three banks were shown to be at risk of failing
capital requirements by the first ever asset tests on the
ex-Soviet state's nine largest lenders.
However, the banking system was broadly stable and the three
banks "have provided the central bank with plans to guarantee
adequate capital", it said, with the state promising to support
state-owned Belagromprombank and Belinvestbank, and the third
bank - a subsidiary of Russia's Alfa Bank - already having
implemented a plan to tackle its potential shortfall.
The largest of the banks, Belarusbank, which accounts for 42
percent of the sector, had a capital adequacy ratio of 17.5
percent, comfortably over the 10.625 requirement, the central
bank said in its report on the July tests on banks that together
account for 92 percent of the sector.
The banking system as a whole achieved a ratio of 10.76
percent, the report said.
"Thus the main indicator of the stability of the banking
sector in taking risks ... is at a sufficient level to
successfully weather the possible impact of negative events," it
(Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Alessandra Prentice;
Editing by Louise Ireland)