A combined 76 trillion won in bad loans as of the end of September sits still on the balance sheets of 1.620 financial institutions, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) said yesterday.
The figure is tantamount to 12.3 percent of the 619.7 trillion won financial institutions have extended.
``Bad loans still constitute a 12 percent of their total lending, a far cry from the international standard,'' said Chung Yong-wha, deputy head of the FSS.
``Financial institutions are desperate to reduce their bad loans through issuance of asset-backed securities. However, more efforts should be made in order to improve their financial soundness,'' he added.