Maybank sees marginally lower net profit for Q3

PETALING JAYA: Malayan Banking Bhd posted marginally lower net profit for the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2018 of RM1.96 billion, compared with RM2.03 billion in the corresponding quarter in 2017, on lower net operating income, higher allowances for impairment losses on loans, advances, financing and other debts and lower share of profits in associates and joint ventures .

For the quarter under review, the group registered a net operating income of RM5.69 billion, compared with RM5.89 billion a year earlier, impacted by a dip in fee based income owing mainly to lower investment and trading proceeds as well as foreign exchange fluctuations. Notwithstanding this, operating profit for the third quarter ended Sept 30, 2018 was higher at RM2.61 billion from RM2.60 billion a year, as the group benefited from lower overhead expenses which declined 6.2% from a year earlier, as well as lower impairment losses which fell 5.5%.

Maybank group said its key priorities for 2018 include maintaining pricing discipline across our products, focus on attaining cheaper funding sources to support loan growth, growing our loan portfolio within our risk appetite, while proactively managing our asset quality.

The group has implemented MFRS 9 on Jan 1, 2018, of which the impairment assessment is based on the expected credit loss model that uses forward looking assumptions as opposed to an incurred loss model under the previous accounting standard. The group’s capital and liquidity positions remain strong notwithstanding the implementation of MFRS 9.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the group expects its financial performance for 2018 to be satisfactory against the expected growth prospects of its key home markets. The group has set its Headline Key Performance Indicator for Return on Equity of 11%.

Net profit for the nine month period ended Sept 30, 2018, was 7.39% higher at RM5.79 billion, compared with RM5.39 billion for the period in 2017.

This was on 3.82% higher revenue of RM35.09 billion, compared with RM33.79 billion.