February 24, 2017, 2:53 am
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BPI profit up 21% at P22B

Enhanced retail and customer focus drove up by 21 percent Bank of the Philippine Islands’ net income to P22.05 billion last year. 

Total loans grew by 19.2 percent to P1.04 trillion with a 79-21 corporate-retail mix. 

Gross 90-day non performing loans fell to 1.5 percent, from 1.6 percent.  Reserve cover rose to 118.7 percent from 110.2 percent.

Total deposits stood at P1.43 trillion, up 12.2 percent year-on-year.

Cezar Consing, BPI president said the bank “took advantage of 2016’s market conditions to exploit unique opportunities, while gearing for growth in 2017 and beyond.”

“We led some critical financing transactions for corporate clients, spurring our country’s development in energy and infrastructure. In retail, we have positioned our teams for both stronger volumes and more focused risk management,” Consing said.

He said BPI enhanced customer focus by improving access and relationship management tools. 

In 2016, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) approved licenses to open a total of 44 new branches for both BPI and BPI Family Savings Bank. 

BPI personnel, meanwhile, have been trained and equipped with new state-of-the-art tools to aid clients in making their most important financial decisions. 

Also, BPI consolidated its ownership in BanKO to enhance its focus on micro-entrepreneurs and promote inclusive growth. 

Growth in BPI’s business was buoyed by the Bank’s strong relationships with corporate clients who drove loan growth across a variety of landmark transactions.

In the energy sector, BPI arranged a P12.5-billion Climate Bond for AboitizPower’s Tiwi-Makban geothermal plant. 

BPI also arranged a P15.0 billion retail bond issuance for Ayala Land and a P19.2-billion IPO of Pilipinas Shell, both highly successful issues.

BPI’s total revenues grew 12.1 percent to P66.55 billion with net interest income rising by 9.7 percent to P42.38 billion. 

Non-interest income climbed 16.7 percent to P24.17 billion on strong gains related to the Bank’s securities portfolio, and  higher fees from core transactional and banc assurance businesses.

Operating expenses ended at P34.94 billion, up 9.6 percent, driven mainly by spending on general infrastructure, as well as collective bargaining costs. Provisions ended at P4.80 billion, which grew by 20.7 percent.

Cost-to-income ratio was 52.5 percent, lower than 53.7 percent in 2015. 

Total securities stood at P307.39 billion, or up 4.1 percent.  Held-to-maturity remained the largest position in the portfolio at P268.48 billion, reflecting low sensitivity of the bank’s earnings and capital to interest rate swings.

Total assets ended at P1.73 trillion, up 13.8 percent, or P209.34 billion above 2015 levels.

Capital was P165.13 billion, up 9.9 percent. CAR and CET1 ended at 13.0 percent and 12.1 percent, respectively. 

In December 2016, the Bank declared dividends of P0.90 per share, for a total of P1.80 per share or P7.08 billion in cash dividends paid in all of 2016.
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