Below is the statement of the Bank of Cyprus Public Company Ltd (“BOC”):
The Bank of Cyprus Public Company Ltd has decided the release of the twelve-month time deposits of about €927 million that were blocked as per the decrees relating to the recapitalisation of the Bank in July 2013 and mature on 31 July 2014.
As part of its ongoing gradual recovery and in order to normalise the maturity profile of its deposit base in Cyprus, the BOC has proceeded with the release of the twelve–month time deposits as follows:
- One third of twelve-month time deposits is immediately released and becomes available in clients' current accounts
- One third of twelve-month time deposits is converted into a three-month time deposit maturing and automatically released at 30 October 2014
- One third of twelve-month time deposits is converted into a six-month time deposit maturing and automatically released at 30 January 2015
The released funds will be subject to the restrictive measures relating to overseas transfers currently applicable in the Cypriot banking system.
The Bank’s improving liquidity position and its specific and deliberate actions to enhance its liquidity through deleveraging are the decisive reasons for the release of the deposits. The decision to release takes also into account the Bank’s recent announcement regarding the private placement of €1 billion ordinary shares which is a significant demonstration of international investors’ confidence towards the Bank. Furthermore, the release of the deposits reflects the Bank’s prudent liquidity management and takes into account the improvement in the economic environment. Through its decision , the Bank’s management recognises the improving trust and confidence towards the Bank by its customers and, in tandem, meets the expectations of the general public in Cyprus for supporting the recovery of the economy as a whole.