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Indonesian banks’ profits surge on loan demands of small firms
Publication Date : 30-07-2013
Indonesia's largest lenders — Bank Mandiri, Bank Central Asia (BCA), CIMB Niaga and Bank Internasional Indonesia (BII) — enjoyed higher net profit growth during the first half of this year, supported by robust loan disbursements.
State-owned Mandiri, the biggest bank by assets, announced on Monday that its net profits surged by 16 per cent to 8.3 trillion rupiah (US$808.18 million) between January and June, thanks to increases in both net interest and fee-based incomes generated from higher loans.
Mandiri president director Budi Gunadi Sadikin said that the bank’s net interest income surged by nearly 20 per cent to 15.14 trillion rupiah, while its fee-based income increased by 13.8 per cent to 6.52 trillion rupiah.
Mandiri finance and strategy director Pahala N. Mansury said all of the bank’s loan segments recorded an increase during the first half, with micro credit making the highest leap, thanks to the growing number of micro-scale entrepreneurs.
“among all the other segments, micro credit recorded the highest growth with a 58.1 per cent rise to reach 23.9 trillion rupiah,” he said.
Mandiri’s business banking segment rose 28.2 per cent to 42.5 trillion rupiah, the corporate segment 17.8 per cent to 124.3 trillion rupiah, the commercial segment 16 per cent to 104.2 trillion rupiah and the consumer segment 21.1 per cent to 52.4 trillion rupiah.
Meanwhile, BCA — the largest private lender — posted a 19.3 per cent growth in net profits to 6.3 trillion rupiah compared to the same period last year, supported by higher net interest income and fee-based income.
Its net interest income rose by almost one-fourth to 12.3 trillion rupiah and its fee-based income by 16.8 per cent year-on-year to 3.4 trillion rupiah.
During the first half of the year, BCA’s loan portfolio increased by 24 per cent to 280.4 trillion rupiah. Commercial and small and medium enterprises made up the biggest chunk of the loans with almost 40 per cent of the total.
BCA president director Jahja Setiaatmadja said the bank’s loan achievement was better than expected as credit disbursements in the first quarter were usually slow.
He, however, did not explain what had made the bank surpass its initial estimate of 20 per cent loan growth.
Separately, CIMB booked unaudited net profits of 2.13 trillion rupiah in the first half of this year, up by 8 per cent from the same period a year before, following a 5 per cent increase in net interest income (NII) to 4.92 trillion rupiah.
CIMB president director Arwin Rasyid said that amid higher inflation and the recent hike in interest rate, the bank managed to increase its loans and third-party funds.
The bank’s credit rose by one-tenth to 150.95 trillion rupiah between January and June, with the commercial segment contributing the most to the loan portfolio with 41 per cent, followed by the consumer and corporate segments with 31 and 28 per cent, respectively.
Similar to Mandiri, CIMB’s micro loans also recorded the highest growth in the first half. Micro loans grew by 35 per cent year-on-year to 2.37 trillion rupiah.
Meanwhile, BII saw its net profits rise by 15 per cent to 681 billion rupiah during the same period.
BII president director Khairussaleh Ramli said in a statement that the bank’s first half results were in line with the industry’s expectation. In the second quarter, its loans grew by 16 per cent to 85.1 trillion rupiah and its third-party funds climbed 19 per cent to 91.1 trillion rupiah.
Although the banking industry enjoyed hefty profits in the first half, bumpy roads await the industry players following Bank Indonesia’s (BI) decision to increase its key rate by 50 basis points to 6.5 per cent earlier this year.
Mandiri chief economist Destry Damayanti earlier said total loan growth would fall by 1.04 per cent “for every 1 per cent increase in the BI rate”.