Credit risk

Credit risk is defined as a risk of occurrence of losses due to counterparty’s default of payments to the Bank or as a risk of decrease in economic value of amounts due to the Bank as a result of deterioration of counterparty’s ability to repay amounts due to the Bank.

The objective of credit risk management is to minimise losses on the credit portfolio as well as to minimise the risk of occurrence of loans threatened with impairment exposure, while keeping expected level of profitability and value of credit portfolio at the same time.

The Bank and subsidiaries of the Group apply the following principles of credit risk management:

  • each loan transaction is subject to comprehensive credit risk assessment, which is reflected in an internal rating or credit scoring,
  • credit risk relating to potential and concluded loan transactions is measured on a cyclical basis, taking into consideration changes in external conditions and in the financial standing of the borrowers,
  • credit risk assessment of exposures which are significant due to their risk levels is subject to additional verification by credit risk assessment teams, which are independent of the business teams,
  • terms of loan contracts that are offered to a client depend on the credit risk generated by the contract,
  • loan granting decisions are made only by authorised persons, within their authority,
  • credit risk is diversified by geographical location, by industry, by product and by clients,
  • expected credit risk is mitigated by setting collateral, appropriate credit margins and appropriate allowances for credit losses.

The above-mentioned policies are executed by the Bank through the use of advanced credit risk management methods, both on the level of individual exposures and on the level of the whole credit portfolio of the Bank. These methods are verified and developed to ensure compliance with the internal ratings based requirements (IRB) i.e. advanced credit risk management method, which can be used while calculating capital requirements for credit risk after being approved by the Financial Supervision Authority.

The Group entities, which have significant credit risk levels (KREDOBANK SA, the BFL SA Group, the BTK SA Group) manage their credit risk individually, but the methods used by them for credit risk assessment and measurement are adjusted to the methods used by PKO Bank Polski SA, taking into account the specific nature of the activities of these companies.

Any changes to the solutions used by the Group companies are agreed every time with the Bank's units responsible for risk management. The BFL SA Group, the BTK SA Group and KREDOBANK SA measure credit risk regularly and the results of such measurements are submitted to the Bank.

KREDOBANK SA, the BFL SA Group and the BTK Group have units responsible for risk in their organisational structures, which are in particular responsible for:

  • developing methods of credit risk assessment, recognising provisions and allowances,
  • controlling and monitoring credit risk during the lending process,
  • the quality and efficiency of restructuring and enforcement of the amounts due from clients.

In these companies, the credit decision limits depend primarily on: the amount of the exposure to a given client, the amount of an individual credit transaction and the period of credit transaction.

The process of credit decision-making at KREDOBANK SA, the BFL SA Group and the BTK SA Group is supported by credit committees, which are involved in the case of transactions which generate increased credit risk.

Appropriate organisational units of the Banking Risk Division participate in managing the credit risk in the Group companies by giving their opinions on projects and periodically reviewing internal regulations of these companies relating to the assessment of credit risk and preparation of recommendations relating to amendments in the drafts of regulations. The Bank supports implementation of the recommended changes in principles for assessing credit risk in the Group entities.