RNS Number : 7412A
06 August 2008
First half of 2008 is very good for Komerční banka Group despite increasingly challenging environment
Prague, 6 August 2008 - Komerční banka announced today its unaudited consolidated financial results under IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) for the first half of 2008. In year-on-year terms, the net profit of KB Group rose by 22.1% to reach CZK 6,458 million. The Group was successful in all its main activities - including mortgages, for which new sales increased by 3.7% year-on-year, while the market declined by one fifth. Cost of risk continued to develop reasonably in line with ongoing loan exposure growth and adequate provisions coverage. KB further improved its operational efficiency.
Total lending expanded in all segments. Overall, the lending portfolio rose by 23.8%, to CZK 350.7 billion. Mortgage outstanding volumes to individuals were up by 27.2% to CZK 82.3 billion. Modrá pyramida's construction loans grew by 29.7% to CZK 35.9 billion. Consumer loans provided by KB and ESSOX were also up in the same period, by 28.8% to CZK 27.2 billion.
Business lending performed strongly, recording a 23.1% increase to CZK 202.2 billion. Loans to small businesses granted by KB climbed by 38.6% to CZK 17.9 billion, while loans to corporations (provided by KB and KB Slovakia) increased by 22.1% to CZK 181.1 billion, and factoring receivables (at Factoring KB) rose by 6.3% to CZK 3.1 billion.
Total deposits increased moderately to CZK 532.5 billion, up 5.1% compared to the end of June 2007. The proportion of deposits from individuals stood at 44%. Individual clients' deposits at KB rose by 2.3% to CZK 147.3 billion. Building savings in MPSS climbed by 7.3% to CZK 63.8 billion. Clients' pension assets grew by 17.2% to CZK 24.4 billion. Business deposits in the Group expanded by 3.7% to CZK 288.9 billion.
The number of clients of standalone Komerční banka increased year on year by more than 62,000, or 4%, to reach 1,607,000. Since the beginning of 2008, the number of clients climbed by more than 29,000. MPSS was serving 755,000 customers. The number of participants in pension schemes operated by Penzijní fond KB rose to 483,000. The consumer finance company ESSOX registered 186,000 active clients.
Among the main innovations in the second quarter of 2008 was the T-Mobile bonus card - a joint product with T-Mobile that is unique on the Czech credit card market. A part of the mobile telephony operator's loyalty scheme, it offers, among other benefits, the longest interest-free grace period on the Czech market (up to 76 days).
Also new was 'Hypotéka Dopředu Dozadu' mortgage, which has as its primary advantage the fact that KB approves the provision of funds even before the client has actually chosen a specific property to be financed by the mortgage. The terms of the signed contract (including a guaranteed interest rate) shall remain in effect for up to nine months.
Since April, Komerční banka's clients have been able to benefit from all the advantages of the Single European Payments Area when making their payments. The SEPA scheme of uniform European standards for non-cash payments eliminates differences between national and cross-border euro payments within the entire SEPA (European Economic Area countries plus Switzerland).
Net banking income rose by 12.3% to CZK 16,178 million. Net interest income and net profit from financial operations were the fastest growing components of total revenues.
Net interest income gained 14.3% to reach CZK 10,310 million. The growth in interest income was driven by increased lending volumes (+23.8% year on year) and expansion of the deposit base (by 5.1%). The contributions to that growth from the subsidiaries ESSOX and MPSS developed especially dynamically. The reported growth of total net fees and commissions of 6.5% in 1H 2008 was supported by a one-off reimbursement among banks of incorrectly charged interchange fees in the previous years, amounting to CZK 162 million. Underlying fee income, reaching CZK 4,059 million, was underpinned by an enlarged client base and strong economic activity. The growth of net fees and commissions was reduced by a decline in fees from cross-selling of mutual funds, reflecting unfavourable global economic conditions. Net profit from financial operations gained 14.5% against 1H 2007 to reach CZK 1,723 million. Rapid increase in profit from securities and interest rate derivatives compensated for a decline in net interest income from financial markets trading activities.
Total operating costs grew by 9.3% year on year and reached CZK 7,205 million. The cost-income ratio further improved to 44.5% from 45.7% in 1H 2007. Personnel expenses rose by 3.8% to CZK 3,053 million. The 3.6% increase in the average number of Group employees and the growth of nominal wage was partially offset by the effects of the tax reform (cap on social and health insurance). The rise in headcount followed the opening of nine new branches between June 2007 and 2008 and of the new call centre in Zlín. General administrative expenses recorded a rise of 12.0% to CZK 3,259 million. The growth was driven by increased expenditures supporting the business growth, by the expanding branch network and higher inflation (affecting especially maintenance costs and energy). Depreciation, impairments and disposal of fixed assets rose by 20.8% to CZK 893 million, influenced by positive one-off gains in the first half of 2007. The underlying trend would see a slight increase in depreciation.
In the first half of 2008, Komerční banka developed successfully its net revenues in all business segments, despite signs of a slightly deteriorating macroeconomic outlook. Thus, gross operating income grew by 14.8% from the year-earlier level to CZK 8,973 million.
The net provisioning charge recorded in 1H 2008 reached CZK 910 million, up by 15.6% from 1H 2007. The moderate growth in cost of risk validated KB's balanced and prudent risk management. The consolidated cost of credit risk, therefore, declined in 1H 2008 to 35 basis points from 39 bps in 1H 2007.
Income tax totalled CZK 1,460 million, down 1.6% compared to 2007. This reflects the lower applicable corporate income tax rate.
KB Group's net profit for 1H 2008 totalled CZK 6,458 million, a 22.1% year-on-year increase.
Total assets of the Group as of 30 June 2008 stood at CZK 677.0 billion, having risen by 5.9% from 30 June 2007. The consolidated shareholders' equity increased by 9.1% over the same period to reach CZK 48.5 billion.
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