Maybank’s revenue rises to RM13.22b
Published on: Friday, May 22, 2020
By: Bernama
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Kuala Lumpur: Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) recorded a higher net profit of RM2.05 billion in the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 (Q1 2020), up 13.3 per cent from RM1.81 billion in the same period last year.

Revenue soared to RM13.22 billion from RM12.98 billion previously, it said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia on Thursday.

The country’s largest bank by assets said its net fund based income grew marginally by 0.9 per cent, net fee based income rose 53.2 per cent, while net operating income increased to RM6.72 billion.

The results translate into a return on equity of 10.6 per cent and earnings per share of 18.2 sen, up 11.4 per cent from 16.4 sen per share in the same period last year.  

Maybank Chairman Datuk Mohaiyani Shamsudin said a steady result was achieved in Q1 despite the significant market volatility and disruption as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. 

“This is a reflection of Maybank’s resilience arising from the prudent stance we have taken over the years to build a solid foundation especially in terms of capital and liquidity. 

“At the same time, we are pleased that our rapid response in activating our Business Continuity Plan from January itself has enabled us to continue serving our customers and creating value for all our stakeholders. 

The group will remain proactive on all fronts as we seek to ride through the impact of this pandemic,” said Mohaiyani.

Meanwhile, Group President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Abdul Farid Alias said the Q1 results is not representative of the way the bank will perform for the rest of the year. 

“The largest contributor came from the sell-down of some of our liquid assets and fixed income instruments, which was above the optimal level. This resulted in a 53.2 per cent rise in our net fee based income, which then lifted our net operating income by 14.7 per cent. 

“While we still hold a large level of liquid assets, we need to strike a balance when selling them to ensure that it will not contract our net interest income, particularly in the current declining interest rate regime globally,” he said 

Abdul Farid said the bank expects the operating environment for the rest of 2020 to remain uncertain and sensitive to the kinetics of the pandemic as well as the outlook for treatment and vaccines, which will have implications to public health and economic policies.

“We will continue to help our customers whether the strain from supply and demand disruptions as a result of the sub-optimal market environment caused by the restricted movement globally. This will be very challenging,” he added.

On loans and deposits, the group saw loans at its Malaysian operations grow 5.0 per cent year-on-year (YoY) in the first quarter, lifted by increases in both the Community Financial Services and Global Banking segments. 

Maybank’s liquidity coverage ratio, meanwhile, was at a healthy 138.2 per cent, way above the regulatory requirement of 100 per cent, while its gross impaired loan ratio moved up to 2.71 per cent as at March 2020 from 2.48 per cent last year. 

The group’s Islamic Banking business continued to perform strongly, with profit before tax for the first quarter 2020 rising 10.4 per cent Y-o-Y to RM990.1 million. 

Its Etiqa Insurance & Takaful businesses saw an 8.5 per cent rise in Total Net Adjusted Premium on the back of a 13.3 per cent increase in Total Life & Family premium as well as a 3 per cent rise in Total General premium. 


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