Standard Bank interim results are out and in a day where the company’s major banking peers are up 1% to 2%, Standard Bank shows a relative underperformance trading flat on the day, suggestive of a marginal dissatisfaction with the earnings outcome.
Some of the salient features of the results release are as follows:
- Revenue +4%
- Net Interest Income (NII) 0%
- Non Interest Revenue (NIR) +8%
- Headline earnings per share up 5%
- Dividend per share up 8%
- Return on equity (ROE) up to 16.8% 1H17: 16.1%
- Credit loss ratio down to 0.70%
While the Personal Business & Business Banking (PBB) and Corporate & Investment Banking businesses managed to achieve high single digit growth (+8%) in headline earnings, the Liberty Holdings contribution to headline earnings contracted by 3% and the ICBC London contribution contracted by 38%.
NII growth was flat negatively impacted by the endowment effect of lower margins in lieu of the Reserve Banks 0.25% rate cut earlier this year. NIR growth of 8% was supported by net fees and commission revenue increasing by 6%.