Monday, April 26, 2021

BDO: P28.2 billion income in 2020

BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO) President Nestor V. Tan announced full-year 2020 and first-quarter 2021 results of P28.2 billion and P10.4 billion, respectively, at the Bank's Annual Stockholders' Meeting held virtually today, citing the Bank's resilient market franchise amid the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the challenging operating environment in 2020, BDO demonstrated operational flexibility and increased its balance sheet. In comparison to the previous year, net income was lower, owing to pre-emptive provisions of P30.2 billion set aside to cover future pandemic-related delinquencies. However, the Bank's pre-provisioning operating profit remained stable in 2019, increasing by 17% year on year (YoY).

Net income for the first three (3) months of 2021 was P10.4 billion, up 19% from the same period last year, thanks to strong output from service fee businesses, which offset weak loan demand.

Loans dipped by one (1) per cent YoY to P2.2 trillion, while total deposits went up by two (2) per cent to P2.6 trillion, underpinned by the 11 per cent rise in CASA deposits, with the CASA ratio hitting a record 83 per cent.

Non-interest income recovered driven by the strong performance of wealth management and life insurance businesses, as well as the normalization of trading and forex gains. Operating expenses were relatively flat compared to last year.

The Bank set aside an additional P2.9 billion in provisions even as the 1Q21 NPL ratio of 2.81% remained within expectations, and is still below the three (3) per cent NPL ratio projected for end-2020. NPL coverage is now at 107.1 per cent, more than adequate to cover for potential losses.

The Bank’s capital base strengthened to P400.9 billion with Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) and Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) at 14.7 per cent and 13.6 per cent, respectively, both comfortably above regulatory levels and deemed sufficient to withstand near-term shocks. The Bank’s Book Value per common share stood at P89.89, up 7.8 per cent from year-ago levels.

BDO remains resilient in the face of the continuing challenges of the health crisis and will continue to strengthen its business franchise and invest in its digital infrastructure with the ongoing implementation of the Bank’s strategic programs.

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