The Commercial Bank (P.S.Q.C.) Announces Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended 30 September 2017

Doha, Qatar: The Commercial Bank (P.S.Q.C.) (“the Bank”), its subsidiaries and associates (“Group”) announced today its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2017. The Group reported a net profit of QAR 259 million as compared to QAR 491 million for the same period in 2016, a decrease of 47.3%.Key financial highlights for the Group compared to the same period in 2016:Total asset

  
The Commercial Bank (P.S.Q.C.) Announces Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended 30 September 2017

Doha, Qatar: The Commercial Bank (P.S.Q.C.) (“the Bank”), its subsidiaries and associates (“Group”) announced today its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2017. The Group reported a net profit of QAR 259 million as compared to QAR 491 million for the same period in 2016, a decrease of 47.3%.

Key financial highlights for the Group compared to the same period in 2016:

  • Total assets of QAR 134 billion, up by 8.1%
  • Customer loans and advances of QAR 84.5 billion, up by 11.2%
  • Customer deposits of QAR 73.3 billion, up by 9.8%
  • Net operating income of QAR 2,654 million, down by 2.4%
  • Operating profit of QAR 1,641.8 million, up by 9.6%
  • Cost income ratio of 38.1% reduced from  45.2%
  • Provisions on non-performing loans at QAR 1,450.8 million, up by 31%
  • Net profit of QAR 259 million, down by 47.3%
  • Earnings per share of QAR 0.65
  • His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Commercial Bank, said, “Despite the ongoing situation in the region, Qatar’s financial system remains robust, with Qatar remaining an AA- rated country by Fitch. Within this, Commercial Bank continues to see positive progress as seen by the growth in our underlying business and strong liquidity. Commercial Bank has continued to support and strengthen Qatar’s investment and trade flows through its subsidiary ABank in Turkey and its associate NBO in Oman”.

    Financial Performance

    Mr. Hussain Al Fardan, Commercial Bank’s Vice Chairman, added, “Commercial Bank has continued to show solid progress in delivering on its strategy. The core underlying business saw quarterly operating profits increasing by 9.6% over the same period last year, our third quarter in a row of increased profitability at the operating level. In parallel, we have continued to provision for our legacy loan book, our funding remains robust and our long term credit is rated between A+ and BBB+ by the three main agencies.”

    Net operating income for the Group decreased by 2.4% to QAR 2,654 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, down from QAR 2,720.5 million achieved in the same period in 2016.  

    Net interest income for the Group increased by 1.9% to QAR 1,835.5 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2017 compared to QAR 1,800.8 million achieved in the same period in 2016, due to an increase in the interest income as a result of higher interest rates as compared to last year. Net interest margin remains stable at 2.2%  compared to Q2 2017.

    Non-interest income for the Group decreased by 11% to QAR 818.5 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2017 compared with QAR 919.7 million for the same period last year. The overall decrease in non-interest income was due to lower income from investment securities.

    Total operating expenses were tightly managed at a Group level,  down 17.2% to QAR 1,012.2 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2017 compared with QAR 1,222.4 million for the same period in 2016. Costs reductions were primarily driven by lower staff and administrative expenses.

    The Group’s net provisions for loans and advances increased by 31% to QAR 1,450.8 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, from QAR 1,107.8 million for the same period in 2016. The non-performing loan (NPL) ratio increased to 5.6% in the nine months ended September 2017  compared to 5.3% for the same period in 2016. However, loan coverage ratio increased to 91.6% in the nine months ended September 2017 compared to 78.8% for the same period in 2016.

    The Group delivered balance sheet growth of 8.1% for the nine months ended 30 September 2017 with total assets at QAR 134  billion, compared to QAR 123.9 billion for the same period in 2016. Total asset growth was driven mainly by an increase of QAR 8.5 billion in loans and advances and QAR 3.1 billion in investment securities.

    Group’s loans and advances to customers increased by 11.2% to QAR 84.5 billion for the nine months ended 30 September 2017 compared with QAR 76 billion for the same period in 2016. The growth in lending has been generated, mainly from the government & semi-government and services sectors.

    Group’s investment securities increased by 19.1% to QAR 19.3 billion for the nine months ended 30 September 2017 compared with QAR 16.2 billion for the same period last year. The increase is mainly in Government bonds.

    Group’s customer deposits increased by 9.8% to QAR 73.3 billion for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, compared with QAR 66.7 billion for the same period last year.

    Mr. Joseph Abraham, Commercial Bank’s Group Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We continued to execute strongly on the Strategic Reshape plan which we announced 12 months ago. Our balance sheet is strong with 11.2% growth in loans, ahead of the market growth of 7% and in line with our targeted sectors. In deposits we saw growth of 9.8% with liquidity continuing to be well managed.”

    “For the third quarter in a row our costs are down, with costs falling 17.2% compared to the same period last year, reducing our cost to income ratio from 45.2% in the same period last year to 38.1%.”

    “We continue to provide for our legacy loan book and will do so for the remainder of 2017 before normalising the cost of risk in 2018”.

    “ABank recently announced changes to its Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors, which is an important step in the reshape of that business and will help take it to the next level”

     “For our Associates, NBO reported a profit of QAR 113.9 million, while UAB delivered a loss of QAR 1.3 million. We have also announced, that discussions have commenced regarding the potential sale of our stake in the United Arab Bank, which if and when concluded will allow us to reallocate capital in line with our strategic plan.”

    Subsidiary in Turkey

    Alternatifbank (“ABank”) delivered a net profit of TL 57 million (QAR 57.7 million) for the nine months ended 30 September 2017 (TL 26.8 million loss for the same period in 2016).

    Net operating income increased by 15.2% to TL 390.5 million (QAR 395.2 million) for the nine months ended 30 September 2017, from TL 339.1 million (QAR 421 million in 2016), due to  increase in net interest income and net fee and commission income. As at 30 September 2017, ABank had increased its customer lending by 28.3% to TL 13 billion (QAR 13.3 billion) from TL 10.1 billion (QAR 12.3 billion) in September 2016. Customers’ deposits increased by 28% to TL 8.8 billion (QAR 9 billion) during the nine months ended September 2017 , compared to TL 6.9 billion (QAR 8.4 billion) during the same period last year.

    Associates

    National Bank of Oman

    National Bank of Oman (“NBO”) net profit decreased by 18% to OMR 34.5 million (QAR 326.4 million) for the nine months ended 30 September 2017 as compared to OMR 42.1 million (QAR 398.1 million) in the same period in 2016. Net operating income decreased by OMR 3.7 million (QAR 35.4 million) to OMR 98.5 million (QAR 931.3 million), from OMR 102.3 million (QAR 966.7 million) in the same period in 2016. Provisions for loans and advances increased to OMR 12.6 million (QAR 119.1 million) from OMR 9.3 million ( QAR 87.9 million) in the same period last year. As at 30 September 2017, NBO maintained its customer lending at OMR 2.7 billion (QAR 25.4 billion) and customers’ deposits increased by 2.9% to OMR 2.5 billion (QAR 23.5 billion) compared to the same period last year.

    United Arab Bank

    United Arab Bank (“UAB”) net profit decreased by 43.3% to AED 49.7 million (QAR 49.2 million) for the nine months ended 30 September 2017 over the same period in 2016. The operating income for the nine months ended 30 September 2017 decreased by 12.9% to AED 305.6 million (QAR 302.8 million), from AED 350.7 million (QAR 347.5 million) in 2016. Net Interest Income decreased by 24.2% and non-Interest Income decreased by 26.8%, as compared to the same period in 2016. UAB’s loans and advances decreased by 7.4% to AED 12.9 billion (QAR 12.7 billion) as at 30 September 2017, while customers’ deposits decreased by 1.5% to AED 14.3billion (QAR 14.2 billion) compared to the same period last year.

    -Ends-

    For more information please contact:
    Hussein M Ali Al-Abdulla 
    EGM, Chief Marketing Officer                               
    Commercial Bank                                                                
    Tel: +974 444 91114                                                 
    Email: hussain.alabdulla@cbq.qa

    Jon Earl                       
    Managing Director
    F T I Consulting
    Tel: +971 (0) 50 494 1178
    Email: jon.earl@fticonsulting.com

    About Commercial Bank
    Commercial Bank has total assets of QAR 134 billion as at 30 September 2017. As a full service commercial bank, the Bank offers a full range of corporate, retail and investment banking services as well as owning and operating exclusive Diners Club franchise in Qatar. The Bank’s countrywide network includes 29 full service branches and 179 ATMs.

    Profitable every year since incorporation in 1974, continual investment in technology and human capital, together with a strong capital base, provides a solid foundation for continued growth. A successful diversification strategy has expanded Commercial Bank’s GCC footprint through strategic partnerships with associated banks, the National Bank of Oman (NBO) in Oman and United Arab Bank (UAB) in the UAE. NBO, the second largest bank in Oman with total assets of OMR 3.4 billion as at 30 September 2017, has 60 conventional branches and 6 Islamic branches in Oman and 1 branch each in Egypt, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. UAB is headquartered in Sharjah, with total assets of AED 20.6 billion as at 30 September 2017, and operates 14 branches across the UAE. Building on the successful execution of the Bank’s expansion strategy to date, Commercial Bank acquired a majority stake in Alternatifbank in Turkey in 2013 and became a 100% owner through a put option exercised on 19 December 2016.

    Commercial Bank enjoys strong credit ratings of (A2) from Moody’s, (A+) from Fitch, and (BBB+) from Standard & Poor’s. The Bank is listed on the Qatar Exchange and was the first Qatari bank to list its Global Depository Receipts (GDRs) on the London Stock Exchange. Commercial Bank’s Swiss Franc bond issuance in December 2010, listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, was the first public bond issuance by a Qatari bank in Switzerland.  Commercial Bank’s latest bond issuance in June 2014 and June 2016 are listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

    Commercial Bank was awarded the “Best Retail Bank in Qatar” and named the “SME Bank of the Year in the Middle East” for 2017 by The Asian Banker based on its specialised banking services for small and medium Enterprise business customers. The award “SME Bank of the Year” adds to similar national awards in 2015 and 2016. Commercial Bank also won the “Best New Product in Qatar for 2016” for its Visa Signature Credit Card for SMEs by Visa, Inc. in addition to the “Best SME Credit Card” from The Banker Middle East - Qatar product awards.  In recognition of its CSR activities benefitting the Qatari community, Commercial Bank was awarded the “Best CSR Report”, at the Corporate Social Responsibility awards ceremony for organisations in Qatar. The Bank won the “Best Cash Management Bank in Qatar” award at The Asian Banker Middle East & Africa Transaction Banking Awards in 2016 and the “Best Investor Relations award for mid-cap companies” at the Qatar Stock Exchange’s annual IR awards ceremony in 2017 recognising best practice in Investor Relations.

    The Bank is dedicated to supporting Qatar’s community and social infrastructure through Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and sponsorship of various events. Title sponsorship of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters reflects the Bank’s promotion of excellence in sports and its keen interest in enhancing Qatar’s international sporting reputation. www.cbq.qa

    About Alternatifbank (ABank)
    ABank was established in 1991. Commercial Bank became the majority shareholder in ABank in 2013 holding a 74.24% stake, following the acquisition of ABank shares of 70.84% from the Anadolu Group and 3.40% through a public tender offer. In December 2016 the Bank completed the put option exercise of purchasing 25% of share in Abank from Anadolu group.  Currently the Bank owns 100% of ABank shares.

    ABank is a mid-size Turkish bank that predominately serves medium-sized companies through a country-wide network of 53 branches. ABank provides commercial/corporate banking services and products, with a special focus on the growing segment of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. ABank’s main product ranges cover trade finance instruments, working capital finance, cash management, and portfolio management.

    As at 30 September 2017, ABank had total assets of TL 18.9 billion, total loans stood at TL 13 billion, customer deposits of TL 8.8 billion and shareholders’ equity of TL 1.6 billion.

    https://www.abank.com.tr/en/

    © Press Release 2017

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