Largest global banks lose USD635bn in market cap amid pandemic

New data from by Buy Shares indicates that 14 selected major global banks cumulatively lost USD635.33 billion in market capitalisation between December 2019 and August 2020, largely the main as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wells Fargo recorded the biggest slump with a percentage change in the market capitalisation at -56.26 per cent followed by Spain’s Banco Santander at -46.16 per cent. JP Morgan Chase’s change in market capitalisation was -30.16 per cent. During the period, Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group had the least change at -11.33 per cent.

Intervention by central banks cushioned most facilities from a further slump. 

“The drop in valuations for the selected banks could have been much worse if there was no intervention from central banks. The immediate measures taken by regulators to ease restrictions on liquidity and capital, banks have proved beneficial," says Buy Shares. "Although the measures put in place by authorities helped banks, they still face some immediate pressures on their capital and liquidity position, as the length and severity of the outbreak remain uncertain.”

An overview of the individual market capitalisation shows that JP Morgan still holds a superior position at USD437.2 billion in December 2019 and USD305.44 billion as of August 2020. In December last year, Wells Fargo market cap stood at USD227.5 billion and in August it stood at USD99.5 billion.

At the end of last year, the Bank of America market cap stood at USD316.8 billion and by the end of August, the figure stood at USD223.01 billion.