ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Commercial Bank of Ceylon reported profits of 11.6 billion rupees in the March 2022 quarter, up 73 percent from a year earlier as foreign exchange gains outpaced provisions and net interest income also grew.
Commercial Bank group reported earnings of 9.42 rupees per share in interim accounts for the March 22 quarter.
Net fee and commission income grew 35 percent to 4.0 billion rupees.
Net interest income grew 19 percent to 37.8 billion rupees, interest expense grew 17 percent to 19.0 billion rupees and net interest income grew 21 percent to 18.8 billion rupees.
Loans and advances grew 12.5 percent in rupee terms, partly due to the inflation of dollar-denominated loans as a soft peg with the US dollar collapsed.
Loan loss provisions were down 16 percent to 5.9 billion rupees.
Net other operating income was loss of 12.2 billion rupees, down from a 3.6 billion rupee gain last year.
“The exchange impact on impairment charges on loans and advances and Government Securities denominated in foreign currency was recognised in Net Other Operating Income where the corresponding exchange gains are recognized,” the bank told shareholders.
Tier I capital adequacy stood at 9.835 percent in March, above the required minimum of 9 percent.
Owners of Sri Lanka government sovereign bonds which are now rated near default are expected to take a haircut.
However, banks with net dollar assets however stand to make gains in rupee terms.Sharply higher rates are also triggering mark to market losses in rupee bond portfolios.
Commercial Bank’s total assets grew 15 percent to 2.2 billion rupees. Net assets grew 3.7 percent to 175 billion rupees at the group level and 2.5 per cent to 169 billion rupees at the bank level. (Colombo/May16/2022)