By The Nation
Krungsi said its asset quality remains strong with a non-performing loan (NPL) ratio of 2 per cent and the coverage ratio at a record high of 175.12 per cent.
The bank cited achievements including the status conversion of its Cambodia subsidiary, Hattha Kaksekar Ltd, from a microfinance firm to a commercial bank named Hattha Bank; its Asean expansion by acquiring a 50 per cent stake in SB Finance Company, a subsidiary of Security Bank Corp (SBC) in the Philippines; investment in and strategic alliance with Grab; and the successful launch of Kept – an online savings management platform it said has been well-received by target groups.
Key highlights of Krungsri’s consolidated 2020 results:
· Net profit: Recorded at Bt23.04 billion, down 14.5 per cent from normalised net profit in 2019.
· Loan growth: Up 0.8 per cent or Bt15.058 billion from December 2019, driven by retail and SME loans which grew by 2.2 and 2 per cent, respectively. Corporate loans contracted by 1.5 per cent, mainly due to loan repayments made by Thai corporates.
· Deposit growth: Totalled Bt1.834,505 trillion, an increase of 17.1 per cent, or Bt267.62 billion, from December 2019, attributed to an increase in savings deposits.
· Net interest margin (NIM): Recorded a 3.47 per cent, from 3.60 per cent in 2019, driven by interest rate reductions following assistance measures for customers impacted by the pandemic.
· Non-interest income: Dropped Bt3.877 billion or 10.6 per cent from normalised non-interest income in 2019, resulting from lower fee and service income following the economic slowdown.
· Cost to income ratio: Improved to 42.52 per cent from 45.1 per cent in 2019.
· Non-performing loans (NPL) ratio: Recorded at 2 per cent, compared to 1.98 per cent in December 2019.
· Coverage ratio: New high of 175.12 per cent, from 163.82 per cent in December 2019.
· Capital adequacy ratio: At 17.92 per cent, compared to 16.56 per cent in December 2019.
Krungsri president and CEO Seiichiro Akita said the Thai economy would take at least two years before returning to its pre-pandemic level. Krungsri Research forecasts the Thai economy will grow by 2.5 per cent in 2021, from its low base of 6.4 per cent contraction in 2020 – barring heightened risk from the domestic outbreak.
As of December 31, 2020, Krungsri, Thailand’s fifth largest bank in terms of assets, loans and deposits, reported Bt1.83 trillion in loans, 1.83 trillion in deposits, and Bt2.61 trillion in total assets. The bank’s said its capital was strong at Bt276.26 billion, equivalent to 17.92 per cent of risk-weighted assets, with 12.85 per cent in common equity tier 1 capital.