Treatment of minority participations in the consolidation of banks' balance sheets

November 1979

In October 1978 the Committee on Banking Regulations and Supervisory Practices submitted a report to the Governors of the Group of Ten countries and Switzerland on the consolidation of banks' balance sheets as a method of supervising bank solvency. While concluding that the capital adequacy and risk exposure of banks and their affiliates can most satisfactorily be monitored on the basis of consolidation of risk assets, the paper mentioned a number of operational difficulties in stipulating which interests should be consolidated and in what proportion. Attention was drawn to the treatment of less than wholly-owned interests and it was stated that the question was on the future agenda of the Committee. The purpose of this note is to summarise the points of agreement that emerged from the subsequent discussion as well as those areas where there are differences of opinion.