Growth potential of Qatari Banks ‘Tempered by market constraints and key concerns’

Manama, 16 October 2012: The State of Qatar will witness strong lending growth over the next half decade, driven by major Government infrastructure projects. Qatari banks are likely though to be stretched in funding this lending growth as a result of their current high level of balance sheet leverage. The cap on retail lending by the Qatar Central Bank, alongside banks’ margins coming under pressure through asset spread contraction, will significantly impact Qatari banks’ profitability. 

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