Security Bank nets P8.6B
Lender Security Bank booked P8.6 billion in net profit last year, down by 16 percent from the previous year, due to slower trading gains and an increase in tax provision.
In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday, Security Bank said its net interest income from customer loans and deposits rose by 30 percent to P15.7 billion last year as the bank generated more low-cost deposits and expanded its loan book.
Its loan book grew by 12 percent to P416 billion. Consumer loans rose by 47 percent, or about a fifth of total loans compared to 16 percent a year ago. Wholesale loans grew by 7 percent.
Total deposits increased by 18 percent to P489 billion. Low-cost deposits grew by 15 percent.
Net interest margin improved to 3.4 in the fourth quarter, up by 13 basis points year-on-year and by 10 basis points quarter-on-quarter.
Service charges, fees and commissions rose by 26 percent to P2.9 billion, driven by credit card, bancassurance, loan fees and deposit charges.
Trading gains dwindled by 85 percent or P2 billion year-on-year while the provision for income tax rose by 47 percent or P790 million. These mainly accounted for the 16-percent drop in net income last year.
Operating expenses grew by 10 percent, excluding provisions for credit and impairment losses.
The bank spent 53.9 centavos to earn a peso last year.
Bad loans stood at a mere 0.7 percent of total loans.
The bank earmarked P714 million as provision for credit losses. The reserve cover stood at 112 percent of bad loans.
Common equity tier 1 ratio increased to 16.4 percent from 15.5 percent a year ago. Total capital adequacy ratio also rose to 18.7 percent from 17.7 percent.
Return on shareholders’ equity was 8.1 percent. Shareholders’ capital rose by 4 percent to P109 billion. Total assets were up by 10 percent to P767 billion.
Security Bank had 305 branches and 760 automated teller machines as of end-2018.
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