Sampath Bank’s profit-after-tax tops Rs. 12bn
Bank’s total asset base crosses Rs.750bn mark
Net gains from financial investments grow by 12.1%
Sampath Bank posted a Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs 12.1 bn for the year ended 31st December 2017, an impressive 32.7% YoY growth compared to Rs 9.1 bn recorded in the previous year. Similarly, Profit Before Tax (PBT) too grew by 31.8% YoY to reach Rs 16.6 bn for the period under review, as against the Rs 12.6 bn reported for the previous year.
Meanwhile, the Group, which comprises of the Bank and four fully-owned subsidiary companies, also posted a growth in PAT and PBT of 33.5% and 32.5% respectively for the year ended 31st December 2017.
Net Interest Income (NII), the main source of income of the Bank which accounts for more than 70% of the total operating income, recorded a growth of Rs 5.6 Bn (or 24.7%) to touch Rs 28.4 Bn in the year 2017, as opposed to Rs 22.8 Bn reported in the previous year.
This achievement was made possible thanks to the robust 22.5% growth recorded in the Bank’s advance portfolio coupled with timely re-pricing of the asset and the liability portfolios to overcome the pressure on net interest margins.
Net fee and commission income, consisting mainly of credit, trade, card and electronic channel related fees, grew by 23.9% YoY, from Rs 6.6 Bn recorded in 2016 to Rs 8.2 Bn in 2017, largely as a result of a strong uptick in advances, expansion of credit card operations and the growing demand for innovative value additions, especially electronic channel offerings.
Net gains from financial investments also grew by 12.1%, bolstered by an increase in dividend income earned from financial assets.
Other operating income recorded a YoY increase of 12.6% for the year ended 31st December 2017, led mainly by an increase in realized exchange income. Consequently, other operating income for the year 2017 increased to Rs 3.0 Bn, from Rs 2.6 Bn reported for the year 2016.
Net trading income also showed a YoY growth of 45.4%, mainly due to higher forward exchange contract revaluation gains reported for the year compared to the previous year.
Total operating expenses for 2017 increased by 9.4% compared to the previous year. This was mainly the result of higher personnel expenses resulting from salary increments, increase in other expenses due to higher VAT rate & inflation along with higher IT expenses owing to system upgrades etc. However, it is noteworthy to mention that growth in expenses remained well below the growth in total operating income for the year, in turn resulting in a remarkable 550 bps improvement in the Cost to Income Ratio, which for 2017 stood at 42.3%.
Impairment charges reported for 2017 was Rs 2.4 Bn, an increase of Rs 0.9 Bn from the Rs 1.5 Bn tabled for the previous year. The 62.7% increase in impairment charges was partly due to increase in the portfolio size and partly due to a few newly impaired individual customers. The latter triggered an increase of Rs 427.5 Mn (or 46.0%) in individually significant impairment provision for the year. The collective impairment provision too showed an increase of Rs 455 Mn (or 90.9%) on par with the increase in portfolio size and due to improvements made to the models during the last quarter of 2016. Consequently, the NPA ratio too has increased marginally from 1.61% in December 2016 to 1.64% in December 2017.
Sampath Bank’s total asset base crossed the Rs 750 Bn landmark in 2017, growing from Rs 658.5 Bn reported as at 31st December 2016 to Rs 795.1 Bn by the end of the review period, denoting an increase of Rs 136.6 Bn (or 20.7%). In yet another landmark achievement, the Bank’s net loan book surpassed Rs 0.5 Tn mark in 2017, as Gross loans, which stood at Rs 468.5 Bn as at 31st December 2016 grew by Rs 105.4 Bn (or 22.5%) to reach Rs 573.9 Bn by end 2017. In yet another noteworthy development, for the first time ever, the Bank’s gross annual loan growth exceeded Rs 100 Bn in 2017.
Meanwhile, for the second consecutive year, Sampath Bank’s deposit base expanded by more than Rs 100 Bn, enabling the Bank’s deposit book to surpass the Rs 0.6 Tn mark for the first time in its 30-year history. Growing at an average of 22.1% in 2017, the Bank’s total deposit base reached Rs 630.4 Bn as at the reporting date compared to the Rs 516.3 Bn registered as at 31st December 2016. Deposit growth was driven by the robust increase in term deposits and to a lesser extent by CASA products. Consequently, the Bank’s CASA ratio decreased slightly from 38.4% in 2016 to 34.9% in 2017.