Thursday, 23 May 2024

UOB Q4 2022 core net profit up 18% to record $4.8 billion

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UOB Group reported a record high core net profit of S$4.8 billion, up 18%, for the financial year ended 31 December 2022 (FY22). Including one-off expenses relating to the acquisition of Citigroup’s Malaysia and Thailand consumer businesses, net profit was also a record high at S$4.6 billion.

With strong earnings and capital position, the Board recommends the payment of a final dividend of 75 cents per ordinary share. Together with the interim dividend of 60 cents per ordinary share, the total dividend for FY22 will be S$1.35 per ordinary share, representing a payout ratio of approximately 49%.

The acquisition of Citigroup’s consumer businesses in Malaysia and Thailand was completed in November 2022 and completion for Indonesia and Vietnam is planned for 2023. The strategic acquisition has fortified the Group’s ASEAN strategy and significantly scaled up the retail franchise with increased product offerings and cross-sell opportunities. The Group’s retail customer base has expanded to nearly 7 million in the region while the expected incremental revenue lift from the acquisition is gaining good traction.

In FY22, the Group’s core operating profit rose 20% to S$6.6 billion, mainly driven by robust margin expansion across customer segments and geographies amid rising interest rates. Net interest income jumped 31% to S$8.3 billion on the back of 3% loan growth and a 30 basis point net interest margin improvement. Net fee income remained soft as weak market sentiment weighed on wealth management and loan-related activities. However, a strong double-digit growth in credit card fees partially offset the decline. Asset quality remained benign with non-performing loan (NPL) ratio at 1.6%.

Group Wholesale Banking income rose 23% to S$6.2 billion, with cross-border income up 12%. Transaction banking business expanded, accounting for 35% of the Group’s Wholesale Banking income. Improvement in deposit funding, coupled with rising interest rates fuelled margin growth, which more than compensated for the softer loans growth. 

Group Retail income increased 16% to S$4.1 billion. Net interest income was boosted by rising interest rates and the Group’s active balance sheet management to optimise funding cost. Credit card fees surged as consumer spending and regional travel rebounded, boosted by the addition of Citigroup’s consumer businesses in Malaysia and Thailand. Despite market volatility, net new money inflows grew assets under management from affluent customers to S$154 billion. Organically, the Group also added over 800,000 new-to-bank customers, of which more than half were digitally acquired.

The Group continued to make headway on its sustainability strategy in 2022. In November, it announced its net zero commitments by 2050. The Group is working closely with its customers to support them in their transition in an orderly and just manner, focusing on balancing growth with responsibility. The Group’s sustainable financing portfolio reached S$25 billion in FY22, well on track to achieve its target of S$30 billion by 2025. The Group’s total assets under management in environmental, social and governance-focused investments also grew to S$10 billion during the year.

 

Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker

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