Balance sheet demands to rise says Barclays FD

Companies will come under greater pressure to bolster their balance sheets,
according to Barclays FD Chris Lucas.

Lucas made the forecast as he faced tough questions during a Barclays
with the City.

‘[Barclays]would agree that regulators will be over time looking for higher
capital ratios and looking for less leverage in institutions,’ said Lucas. ‘That
will be an industry-wide phenomenon and we will have to be part of that.’

The bank is looking at raising its capital ratios after disclosing it had
written down the value of debt securities on its balance sheet by £1.7bn.

The bank has a target of a 5.25% core tier one capital ratio, a figure which
reflects balance sheet strength.

Analysts and investors view the ratio as low when placed alongside other
banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland, which recently raised its target ratio to

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