Sustainable, profitable growth continues
The Bank's platform for profitable growth continues to deliver good results. The Bank's Business Transformation agenda to scale up its infrastructure andbuild new capabilities is progressing well.
Pre-tax profits for the first half of the financial year came in at RM 411 million, up 23% year-on-year (yoy). Robust top-line growth camein from the Personal Financial Services and Wholesale Banking segments. Total net income grew 16% yoy, driven by a 25% increase in net interest income anda 10% rise in other operating income.
As a result, net profit attributable to shareholders rose by 25% to RM 299 million. Half-yearly earnings per share (EPS) improved by 30%to 20.4 sen vs 15.7 sen for the corresponding period last year. The Bank remains highly competitive in its growth segments, with loans growth of 10% yoy versus industry growth of 6.3% over the same period.
Non-interest incomefrom the Malaysian operationsgrew 26%.The improvement in our non-interest income stemmed from higherforeign exchange gains, from trading securities gains as well as growing our Asset under Management and wealth management customer base.
Total assets grew to RM 66.5 billion, up 10%. Revenue generating loans, advances and financing stood at RM 29.7 billion. Loan growth wasspurred by the retail segment, with mortgages up at 25% (annualised) and credit cards up 51% (annualised). Commercialassets growth from Wholesale Banking is gaining momentum.
Our strong deposits franchise remains important to the Bank, with deposits from customers continuing to grow well at 22% (annualised) toRM 49.1 billion.
Good asset quality
Loan assets quality is healthy and better than industry, with gross NPL ratio declining to 4.4% andnet NPLratio at 2.6% . Meanwhile theloan loss coverage ratio has improved to 75.7% . Our lending and collection practices remain vigilant to developments in the market.
Strong capital position
The Bank remains highly capitalised, with the core capital and total capital ratios at 13.75% and 17.49% respectively. Total sharebuy-back was at 78.9 million shares or 5% of the Bank's issued share capital as December 2006.
The Board has recommended an interim dividend of 9 sen per share less 27% tax.
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Press Release - 26/02/2007