Update on 11 December 2017: SS16/16 was updated following Consultation Paper 15/17 ‘The minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL) – buffers’ . This version of SS16/16 updates the version issued on 8 November 2016. See the appendix for details.
In CP15/17, the PRA consulted on updates to SS16/16 to clarify its expectations regarding:
- the amount of CET1 that firms should not count simultaneously towards buffer requirements and MREL (ie an amount equal to the size of the usable buffer derived from the two going-concern regimes); and
- the consequences of not maintaining sufficient CET1 to meet both the usable buffer requirement and MREL.
The PRA is required by FSMA to have regard to any representations made to the proposals in a consultation, to publish an account, in general terms, of those representations and its response to them. The PRA received two responses to CP15/17 which welcomed the proposed updates and did not give rise to the need to change the PRA’s proposals. The PRA is therefore publishing the final SS16/16 ‘The minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL)-buffers’ incorporating the updates proposed in CP15/17.
Published on 8 November 2016
This supervisory statement (SS) is aimed at Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)-regulated banks, building societies and PRA designated investment firms (firms).
This statement sets out the PRA’s expectations on the relationship between the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL) and both capital and leverage ratio buffers, as well as the implications that a breach of MREL would have for the PRA’s consideration of whether a firm is failing, or likely to fail, to satisfy the Threshold Conditions.
This SS provides further detail in relation to the high level expectations outlined in ‘The PRA’s approach to banking supervision’. As set out in the approach document, firms are expected to engage directly with policy material, including SSs, and determine — bearing in mind the overarching principle of safety and soundness — whether they meet the PRA’s expectations.
This SS should be read in conjunction with the Bank of England’s (the Bank’s) statement of policy on its approach to setting MREL, PRA SS6/14 on capital buffers, and PRA SS31/15 on leverage buffers.