Listed firms post 24% jump in profits
Revenues of 254 companies hit P1.02TBy Doris C. Dumlao
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Publicly listed Philippine companies grew their net profits by an average 24 percent in the first quarter to P134.66 billion from P108.6 billion a year ago, with banking stocks outperforming all other sectors, according to a research by the Philippine Stock Exchange.
It said the 254 corporations listed on the local bourse—from blue chips to third liners—posted an 18.9-percent jump in consolidated revenues to P1.02 trillion in the first three months from P858.34 billion in the same period last year.
The financial sector posted the highest growth in both net profit and revenues as extraordinary trading gains in the first three months buoyed the bottom line of most banks, which are seen ending 2012 with another banner year. Being a cyclical counter, or one that tracks the performance of the overall economy, the better-than-expected 6.4-percent year-on-year gross domestic product growth favored the banking sector.
“The robust first-quarter results of listed companies validate the impressive performance our market has had so far, highlighted by the PSEi (main stocks index) rewriting record highs 19 times already this year. This also underscores the fundamental soundness of our companies, which add to their potential for consistent future performance,” PSE president and chief executive Hans Sicat said.
Based on the PSE research, four out of six sectors recorded positive net income growths during the first quarter of 2012, led by the financial sector, whose average bottom line surged 73.2 percent. Five of the six sectors also registered higher revenues, with the financial sector again leading the way with a 26.6-percent jump.
Securities trading gains were the main proponent for the 73.2-percent net income increase of firms in the financial sector.
The top three banks earlier reported their first-quarter year-on-year performance. Bank of the Philippine Islands doubled its net profit to P5.8 billion, marking its best quarterly earnings in history, as large trading gains complemented an increase in core interest earnings. Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. grew its net profit by 40 percent to P4.3 billion on higher earnings across lending, treasury and investment and fee-based businesses. Banco de Oro Unibank improved its net profit by 15 percent to P2.8 billion as steady net interest income was complemented by higher profit from trading and fees.
Meanwhile, the consolidated profits of companies in the industrial sector increased by 31.9 percent, which the PSE attributed to non-recurring gains as well as increased contributions from subsidiaries.
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