CIMB Group Holdings Berhad announced a core profit before tax (“PBT”) of MYR 4.26 billion ($951 million) for the first half ended 30 June 2022 (“1H22”), compared to MYR 3.62 billion ($808 million) in the first half ended 30 June 2021 (“1H21”). Core net profit increased by 18.4% to MYR 3.10 billion ($692 million) from MYR 2.62 billion ($585 million) in the preceding year. The positive performance was driven by higher operating income, contained cost escalation as well as lower provisions across key markets.
This translated to earnings per share (“EPS”) of 30.0 sen and a core annualised 1H22 return on average equity (“ROE”) of 10.4%. Accordingly, the group has proposed the first interim dividend of 13.00 sen per share this year, comprising 2.60 sen in cash and 10.40 sen in Dividend Reinvestment Scheme (“DRS”). This amounts to MYR 1.36 billion ($303 billion), resulting in a dividend payout ratio of 50%, which is in line with the group’s dividend policy.
1H22 operating income was up by 2.7% YoY to RM9.62 billion. Out of this, net interest income (“NII”) grew by 3.8% to MYR 7.22 billion ($1.6 billion) largely from strong loan growth despite a slight contraction in net interest margin (“NIM”) YoY. This was partially offset by a marginal decline in non-interest income (“NOII”) YoY to RM2.4 billion, due to weaker trading and foreign exchange income arising from the challenging investment environment. However, NOII expanded 1.9% QoQ due to increased fees and commission, as well as non-performing loan (“NPL”) recoveries.
Total gross loan and deposit growth momentum continued, driven by key markets and business segments. Total CASA expanded by 7.3%, which in turn improved the CASA ratio from 41.6% in Jun-21 to 42.3% in Jun-22.
The group’s cost-to-income ratio (“CIR”) recorded an improvement YoY to 46.5%, with core operating expenses increasing only 1.7% to MYR 4.47 billion ($998 million) in 1H22 due to higher marketing expenses and planned technology investments. Accordingly, the group’s core pre-provisioning operating profit (“PPOP”) strengthened to MYR 5.15 billion ($1.150 billion), up 3.5% YoY.
On a reported basis, which includes one-off non-recurring exceptional items, CIMB Group’s operating income and net profit declined by 8.6% and 23.5% YoY to RM9.62 billion and MYR 2.71 billion ($605 million), respectively. This was mainly due to the one-off revaluation gain of RM1.16 billion recorded on the deconsolidation of TNG Digital in 1Q21, as well as the higher impact from Cukai Makmur. This translates to a reported ROE of 9.1% in 1H22.
Compared with 2Q21, the group’s operating income was higher by 5.7% on the back of strong asset growth, mainly from Consumer and Corporate Malaysia. This, together with lower provisions, resulted in a PBT growth of 17.5% YoY.
CIMB Group’s capital remains strong with its Common Equity Tier 1 (“CET1”) ratio at 14.1% as at Jun-22 from 13.5% as at Jun-21.
Dato’ Abdul Rahman Ahmad, Group Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Group said, “Strong topline growth, continued cost discipline and lower provisions across all businesses and markets have contributed to the positive performance in 1H22. We are seeing an upward trend on our loans and deposits which recorded healthy growth of 6.8% and 5.7%, respectively as efforts to reshape our portfolio are starting to crystallise.”
“We are positive on the resilience of our businesses across key markets with the Group’s healthy liquidity and capital positions, which will continue to support our business growth and withstand any market volatility. We are also pleased to see our ongoing efforts under the Forward23+ strategic plan continue showing positive outcomes. Indonesia and Thailand, in particular have seen strong traction in business performance, enabling the Group to benefit from our ASEAN diversification,” Dato’ Abdul Rahman added.
Gross Loans and Deposits
CIMB Group’s total gross loans increased by 6.8% to MYR 394.3 billion YoY while total deposits grew by 5.7% YoY to MYR 444.3 billion. The group registered a loan-to-deposit (“LDR”) ratio of 88.7% as at Jun-22, an improvement of 1.5% from 87.2% in the preceding quarter. Additionally, CASA continued to improve by 7.3% YoY, with CASA ratio recording 42.3% as at Jun-22.
Total provisions decreased by 35.7% YoY to MYR 906 million. The decline was due to writebacks from Commercial Singapore, lower COVID-19 related provisions in Malaysia and lower underlying Consumer provisions. This led to an improved 1H22 annualised loan loss charge of 41bps.
The Group’s allowance coverage stood at 99.6%, with the gross impaired loans (“GIL”) ratio recording 3.5%.
Capital and Liquidity Management
The Group remains well-capitalised with its CET1 ratio maintained comfortably above target at 14.1% as at Jun-22, compared to 13.5% as at Jun-21. Total capital ratio stood at 17.8% as at Jun-22. The liquidity coverage ratio (“LCR”) remains well above the regulatory requirement of 100% for all banking entities within the group.
Group Consumer Banking 1H22 operating income grew by 4.7% YoY whilst PBT grew by 26.7% driven by growth in PPOP and lower provisions. Both NII and NOII increased by 4.7% YoY. Consumer loans grew by 8.4% YoY driven by all core markets, while deposits grew by 3.9% YoY from sustained CASA growth in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Group Commercial Banking 1H22operating income grew by 4.5% YoY whilst PBT improved by 29.0% mainly driven by an overall improvement across the business. NII increased by 2.4%, while NOII increased by 15.1% from higher fees and trading income in Malaysia and Singapore. Commercial loans grew by 5.1%, while deposits grew by 8.9%.
Group Wholesale Banking 1H22 operating income increased by 2.4% YoY while PBT grew by 27.8% driven by lower corporate provisions in Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as writebacks of derivatives exposures. NII increased by 3.8% YoY, while NOII declined marginally due to the challenging capital markets environment. Wholesale loans recorded a 5.1% increase, while deposits grew by 6.2%.
CIMB Digital Assets & Group Funding 1H22 core operating income declined by 10.7% YoY, whilst core PBT contracted by 38.2% due to lower NOII and higher operating expenses. NII grew by 2.6% but core NOII declined 46.9% due to lower realised gains in the fixed income portfolio in line with rising bond yields. The Group’s digital businesses continue to grow strongly with CIMB Philippines reaching 5.7 million customers as at Jun-22, up 46.2% YoY, and a deposit book of RM1.42 billion, up 29.1% YoY. TNG Digital continued to maintain momentum, reaching 17.9 million registered users and 690,000 merchants as at Jun-22.
CIMB Islamic 1H22 operating income grew by 8.0% YoY while PBT also improved by 3.7%. Net financing income (“NFI”) grew by 10.4% from sustained growth in financing while non-financing income (“NOFI”) declined by 6.3% and provisions were higher from overlays and macroeconomic factors. Islamic financing grew by 15.7%, whilst deposits grew by 8.0%.
Dato’ Abdul Rahman said, “We maintain a cautious stance for the remainder of 2022 due to various macroeconomic headwinds. Nonetheless, we are hopeful of continued economic growth in markets we operate in view of the resumption of economic activity across the region with inflows of investment. We remain confident to achieve positive financial performance and we are currently on track to exceed our FY22 targets across all profitability metrics. The Group will continue to be guided by our Forward23+ strategic plan to strengthen our position to be the leading focused ASEAN bank, building on the positive momentum of our asset growth, contained cost escalation and moderate credit cost.”
“Meanwhile, we are committed to continue facilitating and supporting our customers’ financial health and resiliency in transitioning towards economic recovery, and at the same time providing complete banking and digital solutions to cater to the needs of all our customers through technology innovations and investments. The recent introduction of the early release of our next generation mobile banking App in Malaysia, CIMB OCTO, is a reflection of our strong commitment in this area.”
“In achieving our sustainability aspirations, we have mobilised RM30 billion in sustainable finance under our Green, Social, Sustainable Impact Products and Services (“GSSIPS”) framework, two years ahead of target. We are particularly encouraged by this accomplishment as we continue to make a positive change across our ASEAN footprint, while promoting financial services that are aligned to sustainability principles. Emphasising our ambition to be a sustainable leader in the region, we will also be hosting our flagship The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit, themed ‘Facilitating a Just Transition’ this September to shed light and discuss the challenges and urgent action plans required to shape a more sustainable future,” he further concluded.
Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker