On 28 February, the ESBG submitted its response to the European Banking Authority (EBA) consultation on its data collection for the benchmarking exercise in 2024. The aim of this supervisory benchmarking exercise to monitor and to assess the variability of institutions’ internal approaches used for the calculation of own funds requirements for market and credit risk as well as the usage of their IFRS 9 models, as well as on the impact of the several different supervisory and regulatory measures, which influence the capital requirements and solvency ratios in the EU.

In relation to the IFRS 9 models benchmarking, the ESBG expressed its support with the EBA approach to collect the whole set of information (“full data collection”) only for a limited number of HDPs asset classes and to use only the more relevant characteristics – i.e., “split” – for defining the homogenous portfolios in scope. Moreover, with respect to the materiality thresholds to be implemented in this case, the ESBG believes that these thresholds should not focus on exposures only, but on allocated provisions as well.
Furthermore, with respect to the EBA template on “Details on exposures to High Default Portfolios” (Template 115), the ESBG requests additional clarity on the probability of default (PD) used to compute the 12-month expected credit loss (ECL) (the ECL represents the weighted average credit loss with the PD as the weight). The ESBG ask for confirmation that if the facility expires before the year considered for a specific data point, the facility’s PD will not be included in the exposure weighted average PD.
Moreover, with respect to the EBA template on “Details on exposures in High Default Portfolios by economic scenarios” (Template 116), the ESBG notes that the guidance provided by the EBA states that the ECL amount associated with the economic scenario 0 shall be the weighted average of the ECL reported for the economic scenarios 1 to 5, while the SICR assessment is done based on weighted average PDs.
As such, the ESBG expects that there will be material differences between the booked ECL amount based on the Significant Increase in Credit Risk (SICR) assessment based on probability weighted PD, and the amount calculated as the weighted average of the ECL reported for the economic scenario 1 to 5 (SICR assessment based on scenario PD).
The ESBG will continue this important topic for its members and stands ready to become involved with regulators in this respect.