Results of French banks in 2023


Ahead of the usual schedule, the annual results of French banks for the year 2023 have been communicated. These findings provide insight into the financial health and market trends in the banking sector.

In this article, our consultants take an in-depth look at the performance of key industry players, as well as the challenges and opportunities shaping the financial landscape.

BNP Paribas: Leader in the lead with record results

BNP Paribas posted remarkable results for the year 2023, positioning itself at the top with a result up 10.9%, reaching a record level of 10.97 billion euros.

This impressive performance is largely attributable to the strength of its overseas activities and Arval’s contribution in the area of ​​Commercial, Personal Banking & Services. The sale of its American subsidiary Bank of the West also contributed to this result.

Despite some challenges in the Global Markets and Investment & Protection Services businesses, BNP Paribas managed to improve its operating ratio and ROTE, thus strengthening its position on the market.

Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale: A resilient diversified model

Despite stagnation in net banking income for its retail bank, Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale recorded a record result in 2023, demonstrating the solidity of its diversified universal bancassurance model. Growth in consumer credit, corporate banking and market activities contributed to this strong performance, reflecting the resilience and adaptability of the institution in the face of market challenges.

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Crédit Agricole and Société Générale: Growth despite challenges

Crédit Agricole saw its NBI and profit grow in 2023, supported by various business sectors despite some challenges, while Société Générale recorded an increase in profit despite obstacles linked to the compression of the net interest margin . These results demonstrate banks’ ability to adapt to changing market conditions and seize growth opportunities.

BPCE: In search of stability

On the other hand, BPCE faced challenges in 2023, with revenues and results falling due to rising rates and the cost of liabilities. Despite these challenges, sectors such as Community Banking and Insurance have shown signs of improvement, underscoring the institution’s determination to maintain stability and drive growth in a competitive environment.

Looking ahead: Challenges and opportunities

While the 2023 results are historic for some of the industry’s major players, persistent challenges remain, including market volatility and economic uncertainty. However, with a solid strategy and capacity to adapt, French banks are well positioned to meet these challenges and seize future growth opportunities.

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Nickel: A promising alternative in the financial landscape

At the same time, Nickel, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, continues to develop rapidly, offering an innovative alternative in the financial landscape. With its distribution model via tobacconists, Nickel has succeeded in democratizing access to financial services, thus attracting attention in a rapidly changing sector.

What to remember

In conclusion, the 2023 annual results offer a captivating insight into the dynamics of the banking and insurance sector in France. Despite ongoing challenges, French banks continue to demonstrate their resilience and ability to innovate, paving the way for new opportunities for growth and development in the years to come.

Author: Emérique Opou

Author: Emérique Opou

Founder and CEO of Emérique & Partners
London, United Kingdom

Named to the Staffing Industry Analysts' Global Power 150 Women in Staffing list, Emérique has more than 15 years of expertise in recruiting niche profiles in banking and insurance.

His rich pan-European experience has enabled him to build a solid network of professionals in the banking and insurance sectors, notably with actuaries, quantitative finance experts, risk managers, and compliance experts.

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