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Maybank’s net profit rises 21% to $1.482B in 9 months

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Maybank, Southeast Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets, announced a profit after tax and minority interest (PATAMI) of MYR 6.96 billion ($1.482 billion) for the nine months’ period (9M FY23) ended 30 September 2023, an increase of 21.0% from the same period a year earlier.

Profit before tax (PBT) increased by 14.4% Y-o-Y to MYR 9.58 billion ($2.04 billion). The better results were attributed to steady income growth and significant improvement in net impairment provisions.

Net operating income for the nine months increased by 3.6% Y-o-Y to MYR 20.38 billion ($4.34 billion) driven by higher non-interest income (NOII) of 37.8% to MYR 5.95 billion ($1.268 billion) compared with a year earlier. Net fund based income meanwhile, was lower by 6.0% as net interest margin (NIM) compressed 25 bps due to higher funding costs led by interest rate hikes in the past year and continued deposit competition.

Overhead costs expanded to MYR 9.77 billion ($2.083 billion) from MYR 8.83 billion ($1.882 billion) a year earlier on higher personnel costs, credit card related fees due to higher billings, ROU (right of use) assets depreciation and IT related costs. As a result, the group’s pre-provisioning operating profit (PPOP) decreased slightly by 2.1% Y-oY to MYR 10.61 billion ($2.262 billion).

Net impairment provisions reduced by 53.4% to MYR 1.21 billion ($258.0 million) following a writeback in financial investments and others of MYR 152.5 million ($32.517 million) and lower net loan provisions of 27.6% to MYR 1.36 billion ($289.991 million) on writeback for corporate borrowers, recoveries and stable impairment balances. As a result, net credit charge off rate for loans reduced to 31 bps from 45 bps the year before. Gross impaired loans ratio declined by 27 bps to 1.43% from 1.70% a year earlier while loan loss coverage strengthened to 127.1% in the nine months from 122.3% compared with a year earlier. The group continues to undertake proactive engagement with clients facing financial challenges by assisting them in managing their commitments effectively.

Total assets grew from MYR 945 billion ($201.5 billion) as at December 2022 to MYR 1.0 trillion ($212.947 billion) as at September 2023 and for the first time it has exceeded the MYR 1.0 trillion ($212.947 billion) mark.

3Q FY23 vs 3Q FY22

For the third quarter of 2023, PATAMI rose 12.3% Y-o-Y to MYR 2.36 billion ($503.21 million) compared with the same period last year, while PBT for the quarter was up 1.8% to MYR 3.16 billion ($673.8 million).

Net operating income decreased by 5.2% Y-o-Y to MYR 6.75 billion ($1.439 billion), attributed to a decrease in net fund based income of MYR 4.81 billion ($1.025 billion) compared with MYR 5.29 billion ($1.127 billion) a year earlier as NIM compressed due to persisting funding competition. NOII however was up 6.1% Y-o-Y at MYR 1.94 billion ($413.663 million) while net impairment provisions improved with a 59.3% decrease to MYR 342.2 million ($72.966 million).

3Q FY23 vs 2Q FY23

Net profit for the third quarter came in slightly higher by 0.8% compared with the preceding quarter’s (2QFY23) MYR 2.34 billion ($498.955 million) as net impairment provisions declined by 40.4% following a net write-back in financial investments and others as well as lower loan loss provisions by 21.6%. PBT for the quarter, meanwhile, was 6.3% lower at MYR 3.16 billion ($673.8 million) compared with 2Q FY23.

Khairussaleh Ramli, group president and CEO, said that global challenges remain but Maybank will continue to pursue opportunities for growth guided by its corporate strategy across all its customer and business segments within its ASEAN operations, while maintaining its strong liquidity position, improving asset quality, and preserving sound capital levels. The group will continue to bring about positive impact to the communities it serves in line with its purpose of humanising financial services.

“As we deepen our M25+ strategy execution coupled with the agile ways of working, we have made encouraging strides in further shaping Maybank to be forward-looking, innovative and customer-centric as we navigate through the ever-evolving operating landscape. Providing benefits to customers and uplifting customer experience via relevant product and solutions as well as process improvements facilitating account openings and loan applications have resulted in broader services uptake. We continue to drive digitalisation and operational efficiencies as well as building on the momentum for future revenue growth boosted by the 12 strategic programmes (SP) under the M25+ strategy and its targeted investments.”

"We also aim to further deploy sustainable financing and decarbonisation solutions for our customers as we ourselves carve a clear pathway to net zero,” added Khairussaleh.

Loans and deposits

Total group gross loans grew strongly by 5.1% Y-o-Y as at 30 September 2023, lifted by increases of 3.7% and 3.0% in its home markets of Malaysia and Singapore respectively, while other markets contributed a rise of 5.5%. The group’s gross deposits, meanwhile expanded 3.5% as fixed deposits grew 20.3% offsetting a decline of 8.8% in other deposits and 8.9% in CASA.

Capital and liquidity strength

Maybank maintained robust capital and liquidity positions as at 30 September 2023, with its CET1 capital ratio at 15.41%, and total capital ratio at 18.77%. The group’s liquidity coverage ratio remained stable at 137.4%, well above the regulatory requirement of 100%.

Sustainability updates

Maybank continued to record strong progress in sustainable financing for the nine months ended 30 September 2023, achieving close to MYR 53 billion ($11.301 billion) and well ahead in achieving the MYR 80 billion ($17.058 billion) target by 2025. Under commitment 2, Maybank has improved the lives of 1.21 million households across ASEAN through a combination of its community programmes and financial inclusion efforts particularly for the lower income communities, against the target of two million households by 2025.

Sectoral review

Group community financial services (GCFS) continued to strengthen its franchise in the nine months of 2023, registering an 8.6% Y-o-Y increase in net operating income to MYR 12.50 billion ($2.665 billion). This was backed by a steady growth in both its net fund based and NOII by 8.4% and 9.1% respectively compared with a year earlier. Total loans expanded at all home markets of Indonesia (7.6%), Malaysia (6.2%) and Singapore (1.0%). Wealth management, a key focus segment for the group, maintained its upward trajectory with total financial assets rising 10.2% from a year earlier to reach MYR 458 billion ($97.658 billion) contributed by investments growth of 16.6% and loans growth of 7.4%.

Despite the challenging market conditions, group global banking’s (GGB) PBT for 9M FY23 rose by 31.9% Y-o-Y to MYR 4.62 billion ($985.117 million) attributed to lower loan loss provisions. Net operating income, however, was lower Y-o-Y by 13.1% at MYR 6.89 billion ($1.469 billion) mainly impacted by the slowdown in global markets and investment banking group businesses amid global macroeconomic headwinds. Corporate loans meanwhile continued to grow steadily at 2.3% Y-o-Y.

The group’s Islamic banking business saw a dip in PBT at MYR 2.88 billion ($614.098 million) in 9M FY23 compared with MYR 3.52 billion ($750.565 million) a year earlier as total income fell 1.6% Y-o-Y at MYR 5.57 billion ($1.187 billion). Within this business, Maybank Islamic’s total gross financing for Malaysia rose to MYR 252.3 billion ($53.797 billion) led by a steady growth in its CFS sector by 10%. As at September 2023, Islamic financing constituted 68.1% of Maybank Malaysia’s total financing while Maybank Islamic’s market share of Islamic assets in Malaysia stood at 29.2%.

Etiqa insurance and Takaful registered a robust increase in PBT to MYR 645.4 million ($137.617 million) for the nine months of 2023 from a loss of MYR 197.8 million ($42.176 million)  a year earlier. Total net adjusted premium was 5.9% higher on the back of a 7.4% rise in total general net written premiums and a 4.7% Y-o-Y in total life and family net adjusted premiums. Etiqa maintained its top position in the general insurance and Takaful (Malaysia) segment with a 16.0% market share and third in the life/family (new business) segment with an 11.6% market share.

Key home markets

Maybank Indonesia recorded a PBT of IDR 1.66 trillion ($106.467 million) for the nine months ended 30 September 2023, up by 11.8% from IDR 1.48 trillion ($94.923 million) in the same period last year from better earnings in the bank’s loan composition, particularly from the retail and retail small and medium enterprise loans following a continual lift in public consumption. The bank also registered better asset quality as the economy continued to stabilise, leading to lower loan loss provision. Meanwhile, the bank’s profit after tax and minority interest was at IDR 1.25 trillion ($80.171 million), increased by 17.1% from IDR 1.06 trillion ($67.985 million) last year.

Maybank Singapore saw a decline in its PBT by 4.2% Y-o-Y to SGD 505 million ($376.598 million), impacted by lower income and higher overheads. However, a write back in loan loss allowances mitigated the decline. Fund based income fell slightly by 1.3% Y-o-Y to SGD 574.57 million ($428.479 million) mainly due to lower net interest margin as asset growth and higher asset yields were negated by the increase in interest cost. NOII, meanwhile decreased 13.9% Y-o-Y to SGD 284.27 million ($211.991 million) on weaker treasury and credit related fees as well as bancassurance income.

 

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