Kuwait’s Burgan Bank has posted 2022 first half (H1) net income of KD27.2 million ($88.63 million) as compared to KD24.0 million in the corresponding period of 2021.

The bank’s revenues remained robust at KD110.4 million, mainly driven by a net-interest income increase (+8.1 % y-o-y). Burgan’s net interest margin also improved to 2.1% in H1’22 as compared to 2.0% during H1’21.

The operating expenses were marginally higher at KD49.0 million (up KD4 million y-o-y) due to an increase in staff costs and other expenses. As a result, the bank’s operating profits for the first half of 2022 stood at KD61.4 million.

Loan loss provisions

Burgan’s loan loss provisions decreased quite significantly from KD39.1 million in H1’21 to KD10.9 million in H1’22 – an improvement of 72.2 % y-o-y. The cost of credit went down from 1.8% in H1’21 to 0.5% in H1’22 – an improvement of 130bps.

In addition to the above provision charges, Burgan also recorded a net monetary loss of KD11 million in its profit and loss statement on account of hyperinflation accounting for its Turkish subsidiary. The bank’s asset quality also improved significantly in H1’22 to 2.6% as compared to the 4.5% reported in H1’21, which represents an improvement of 190 bps y-o-y.

Burgan’s NPL coverage ratio improved from 193% in H1’21 to 235% in H1’22.

Capital ratios

The capital ratios remained well above the required regulatory ratios. Burgan’s common equity tier 1 ratio stood at 11.1% and its capital adequacy ratio stood at 17.2%, as compared to the regulatory minimum ratios of 9.0% and 12.5% respectively. The bank’s liquidity position remained extremely strong for the H1’22 period as reflected by 133.1% of liquidity coverage ratio (vs the regulatory minimum of 90%) and 108.1% of the net stable funding ratio (vs the regulatory minimum of 90%). Burgan’s results for Q2’22 were also resilient with KD57.8 million in revenues, KD31.2 million in operating profits and KD15.1 million in net income.

Burgan Bank has also continued to show keen support to the banking awareness campaign ‘Diraya’ through its social responsibility programme activities and other dedicated initiatives. With the launch of its innovation lab, Burgan is also pursuing its innovation and human capital development strategy to build a future-ready workforce with a stronger local talents pool to lead the banking sector.

Ascending progression

Commenting on the positive financial results, Sheikh Abdullah Nasser Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Burgan Bank’s Chairman, pointed out that the ascending progression across the major financial indicators proves the effective implementation of the bank’s strategic core pillars of sustainability, digitalisation and human capital development.

Sheikh Abdullah also noted: “Achieving such robust results indicates that Burgan is set on the path of sustainable growth with steady positive performance delivering an added value to shareholders and an elevated banking experience to customers. Driven by our strong commitment to strengthening the ESG framework implementation with business practices and choices that amplify a positive impact on our community and environment, I am confident that Burgan Bank will continue progressing towards the set goals for sustainable and meaningful development and excellence.”

Strategic focus

Masoud M J Hayat, Vice Chairman and Group CEO of Burgan Bank, pointed out that with the overall more favourable economic outlook for Kuwait and the stronger operating environment reflected well on Burgan’s results and will provide a great push to the bank’s strategic focus on the domestic market with expectations of a sustained growth.

He further stressed: “Burgan relies on a solid financial core and stable assets quality to unfold a strategic course focused on diversifying the bank’s offering and expanding its portfolio by investing in innovation, digitalisation and competent experienced human resources. The positive financial performance so far in 2022 translates the effectiveness of our strategic course focused on the goals of delivering an elevated banking experience to customers and safeguarding the Bank’s fiscal health to yield greater value to our shareholders.”

Consolidated financials

The consolidated financials for Burgan Bank include the results of the group’s operations in Kuwait, as well as its share of results from its subsidiaries, Burgan Bank Turkey, Gulf Bank Algeria, Bank of Baghdad and Tunis International Bank.

Through this regional reach, Burgan Bank has one of the largest regional branch networks across Kuwait, Turkey, Algeria, Iraq, Tunisia, Lebanon and a representative office in the UAE.

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