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Capital Instruments for Mutual Banks

We are seeking feedback on the Exposure Drafts of Banking Prudential Requirements to incorporate a new capital instrument that can be issued by mutual banks.

Overview

In December 2019 we published the final decisions from the Capital Review which focused on improving the quality and quantity of capital banks are required to hold.

One unresolved issue from the review was to consider developing a capital instrument for mutual banks which could qualify as Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital. Mutual banks are limited in their options to raise CET1 capital due to their mutual structure.

About the consultation

In March 2022 we published a consultation paper seeking stakeholders' views on 2 policy options to provide mutual banks with an instrument which could qualify as CET1 capital.

Decisions about the preferred mutual capital instrument are available on our website.

Read more about the Capital Review decisions

To incorporate the new instrument into our prudential capital framework, in December 2022 we published Exposure Drafts of proposed amendments to Banking Prudential Requirements documents.

Read past consultation information

Final consultation outcome

On 10 July 2023 we published our final decisions about the amendments to the Banking Prudential Requirements documents, including incorporating much of the feedback that we received. Due to the complexity of the documents, we were open to further drafting feedback from submitters about the final BPR110 and BPR120 documents.

We incorporated final changes and published the amended Banking Prudential Requirements documents on 12 September 2023. The final policy documents are available below.

Past consultation information

Consultation paper and submission information

We are seeking feedback on policy options for mutual banks to issue capital instruments.

In December 2019 we published the final decisions from the Capital Review which focused on improving the quality and quantity of capital banks are required to hold. One unresolved issue from the review was to consider developing a capital instrument for mutual banks which could qualify as Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital.

Currently, mutual banks in New Zealand are not able to issue such instruments without compromising their mutual status.

The consultation paper seeks stakeholder’s views on two policy options to provide mutual banks with an instrument which could qualify as CET1 capital.

How to make a submission

We are inviting submissions on this consultation from all interested parties until 10 June 2022.

Please note the disclosure on the publication of submissions detailed in the consultation document.

Address submissions and enquiries to [email protected] with the subject line: Mutual Capital Instrument Consultation Paper March 2022.

Consultation paper

Developing options for mutual banks to issue capital instruments which qualify as CET1 capital (PDF 998 KB)