Against this backdrop, the International Trade Finance division, within the Corporate Area, offers a wide range of services that continues to grow: issue and receipt of guarantees, international payments and collections, exchange risk hedging, documentary credit, etc.
It is particularly active in the optimisation of the working capital of companies and longterm funding operations (construction of schools, refineries or ships) in Latin America, Europe, North Africa, the US and Asia.
Last year, the division, with an important pillar in new technologies, brokered transactions worth €65,438 million, up 13.9% year-on-year. Its investment activity came to €4,839 million, 19.52% more than at year-end 2017.
This made it possible to record a gross operating margin of €155.1 million, up 10.5% year on year; this accounts for more than one quarter (specifically, 27%) of the entire Area's gross operating income.
The strong performance of International Trade Finance is directly related to its significant presence at large-scale international events, including meetings of the Latin American Banking Federation or the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank.
In terms of Spain, Bankinter has participated at the International Business Fair (IMEX) for a number of years and has joined the Exporters Club, with a view to providing maximum visibility to the solutions provided in this area.
Worth particular mention in 2018 was the work performed by the international financial institutions team, in addition to structured trade and export financing team, which supports the commercial network in preparing made-to-measure products for customers in a wide range of sectors, including infrastructures, energy, transport, commodities or automotives.
Digitalisation and the development of supply chain financing platforms in other markets and global banks will be a fundamental part of the growth strategy in the years to come.
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