People’s Bank reports a PAT of LKR 7.4B

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People’s Bank announced the results for the quarter ended 31 March 2022 with consolidated total operating income growing by 51.9% to reach LKR 42.6 billion, whilst total operating expenses increased by only 0.3% to LKR 13.1 billion despite inflationary pressures. Consolidated pre-tax profit amounted to LKR 11.0 billion, representing a growth of 9.8% over the same period of 2021.

Net interest income, which accounted for 71.4% of the Group’s total operating income during Q1-22, grew by 29.2% to reach LKR 30.4 billion reflecting both asset growth and net interest margin improvements to 4.1% from 3.6% in Q1-21. Excluding the LKR 3.4 billion in foreign exchange net gains recognised during the period as a result of the rupee devaluation, non-interest-based income accounted for over 20.0% of total consolidated operating income during Q1-22 as compared with 13.0% in Q1-21. From a cost to income perspective, primarily reflecting top line growth and cost control, the Group’s cost to income ratio was 38.2% during Q1-22 as compared with 54.9% during the same period of 2021.

Consolidated profit after tax was LKR 7.4 billion, dropping by 12.9% over the same period 2021 whilst, on a Bank standalone basis, profit after tax was LKR 5.5 billion up 1.1% over Q1-21. Consolidated return on assets was 1.48% during the period as compared with 1.42% during Q1-21.

Consolidated deposits grew by 6.2% to reach LKR 2.3 trillion with CASA maintained at close to 40.0% levels. Consolidated net loans reached LKR 2.0 trillion. Consolidated assets reached LKR 3.1 trillion; expanding by 10.6% with the rupee devaluation adjusted growth being close to 5.0%.

Tier I and Total Capital Adequacy was 12.0% and 16.1%, respectively at end 31 March 2022 as compared with 13.4% and 17.9% at end 2021. On a Bank standalone basis, these were 11.0% and 15.7%, respectively (end 2021: 12.6% and 17.8%); either of which without any reliefs or other exceptional adjustments being considered.