Cyprus’ Finance Minster has now officially confirmed that Laiki depositors with over 100,000 euros in Cypriot banks face at least 80% haircuts, and stated that realistically, very little will be returned.
Now that news has circulated that Russian oligarchs were able to withdrawn billions over the past week when Cypriot banks were closed, we suspect Cypriots are not likely to take this latest news of 80% + haircuts for Laiki customers well.
Cyprus’s finance minister said Tuesday that large deposit holders at Cyprus Popular Bank PCL (CPB.CP), the island’s second biggest lender, could face losses of as much as 80% on their deposits as the government moves to wind down its operations.
Speaking in a television interview with state broadcaster RIC, Michalis Sarris indicated that it could also take years before those depositors see any of their money returned.
“Realistically, very little will be returned,” Mr. Sarris said.
Asked if, like in other bank closures, it could take six to seven years before depositors get back there money, he said: “maybe yes. And the amount [returned], could be 20%. Certainly, for depositors above 100,000 euros it could be a very significant blow.”
Why full-fledged bank runs have not already began in Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Greece in light of DieselBOOM’s statements this week that Cyprus is the new template for the Eurozone is beyond us.
.1% interest on deposits in return for risk of an 80% + haircut does not seem like a great return to us.