Commercial Bank International announces a net profit of AED 21 million for Q1 2017.
Dubai, 20 April 2017: Commercial Bank International (CBI or ‘The Bank’) today announced its financial results for the first quarter (Q1) 2017.
Financial highlights – three-months ended 31 March 2017:
Mohammad Sultan Al Qadi, Chairman of CBI, commented on the Bank’s performance: “CBI’s strategy of focusing on the customer continues to drive the business forward and attract new customers, resulting in a 6% increase in our total number of customers in Q1 2017. Overall, our total number of customers has increased by nearly 20% in the last twelve months. The substantial increase in our operating profit is a testament to the strength of CBI’s core business, and to the bank’s commitment to continue to provide products and services to meet our customers’ evolving demands.”
Mark T. Robinson, CEO of CBI, added: “The bank’s underlying business continues to perform well and through improved service delivery, we have increased our share of the market during the first quarter of the year. CBI’s assets grew by 20% compared to Q1 2016, while customer deposits likewise increased by 22% over the same period. Growth was partly driven by the strong performance of our retail business where new-to-bank customer acquisition nearly doubled in Q1 2017 as compared to Q1 2016. Overall, we are pleased with the bank’s performance against industry benchmarks.”
Net Interest Income increased by 10% to AED 126 million versus AED 114 million in Q1 2016 despite a general increase in cost of funding across the sector.
Net Fee and Commission income for Q1 2017 decreased by 12% to AED 57 million, and Fee and Commission Income (as percentage of operating income) stood at 27.9% versus 34.3% in Q1 2016.
Operating Expenses for Q1 2017 increased by 5% to AED 111 million versus Q1 2016 as the bank continued to invest in its sales force in order to attract new customers.
CBI’s Operating Profit in Q1 2017 increased by 13% to AED 92 million compared to AED 81 million in Q1 2016 driven by the strong performance of the retail business.
Net Profit totalled AED 21 million for Q1 2017 versus AED 37 million in Q1 2016 as the bank was impacted by higher gross provisions due to challenging market conditions, and the timing of recoveries.
Customer Deposits increased 4% from the year-end 2016 and by 23% over the last 12 months to total AED 14,504 million as the bank continued to attract new customers and build on the debt ratings received last year.
Net Loans and Advances for Q1 2017 increased by 3% from year-end 2016 and by 12% over the last 12 months to total AED 13,689 million largely driven by business loans, personal loans and mortgage loans.
Loan to Deposits Ratio for Q1 2017 was 94.4% versus 103.6% in Q1 2016, reflecting an improved liquidity position.
Non-Core Assets for Q1 2017 stood at AED 746 million decreasing by 24% from the same period in 2016 as the Bank continued to deliver on its strategy of divesting non-core businesses.
The Capital Adequacy Ratio in Q1 2017 remained stable at 14.6%.