Spain Is The Most 'Over-Banked' Nation In Europe
Between headlines of Bankia's demise and the growing deposit outflows from Spanish banks, perhaps the market is doing its job. According to the EC's Stability Report, via UBS, one measure of bank sector capacity and efficiency (population per bank branch) shows Spain in a dismal worst place with the least efficiency (or highest over-capacity). Of course, we would suspect that whatever state-funded reach-around bailout the Spanish government comes up with next will not contain a 'revert staff/branch levels to European norms' provision - better to pay up for mis-allocation of capital. Nonetheless, the large number of local bank branches in countries like Germany, France, Italy and Portugal indicates a potential for further consolidation and restructuring there also.
Source: EC Stability Report