According to tentative data, Ukrainian banks posted an almost three-fold rise in profit in 2019, reaching UAH 60 billion, First Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Kateryna Rozhkova has said.
“UAH 60 billion is profit of the banking sector in 2019, according to tentative data. Almost three times more than a year ago. A new historic record,” she wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday.
The volume of non-performing loans (NPL) in state-owned banks fell by UAH 22 billion in January-June 2019, and their share of the loan portfolio decreased to 65%, according to a second report of the Finance Ministry on the state of work with NPL published within a regular and detailed report on operations of state-owned banks.
“Compared to January 1, 2019, the volume of NPLs in state-owned banks decreased by UAH 22 billion, to UAH 415 billion, and their share of the loan portfolio decreased by 2.5 percentage points, to 65%,” the ministry said in the report.
According to the results of the first half of the year, public sector banks reduced overdue debts by UAH 3.5 billion and carried out restructuring for UAH 10.6 billion.
Banks of the public sector restructured a total of about UAH 11 billion, of which 47% (UAH 5 billion) under the law on financial restructuring. In the first half of the year, Oschadbank successfully completed the financial restructuring procedures with TMM Firm LLC, Imperovo Foods LLC, PJSC Avangard agroholding, and PJSC Rise-Maksymko. Two cases of financial restructuring for companies of the WOG group have been opened. In addition, Ukreximbank opened its first financial restructuring case with Office Construction Agency LLC, which has become one of the largest in terms of debt to be restructured.
The share of the NPL of the banking system as of July 1, 2019 was 51%, or UAH 581 billion.
Revenue of Ukrainian banks, not taking into account insolvent ones, in January and February 2019, totaled UAH 39.279 billion, which is 40.4% more than a year ago, according to a posting on the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
Expenses of the banking system over the period accounted for UAH 30.588 billion, which is 27.5% more than a year ago.
Net profit of Ukrainian banks over the period came to UAH 8.691 billion, which is 2.2 times more than in January and February 2018.
The largest 25 Ukrainian banks (in terms of net assets) in January-September 2018 received a net profit of UAH 10.9 billion, which is 4.8 times more than in the same period of 2017. The best result was shown by PrivatBank, which received a net profit of UAH 5.093 billion against a net loss of UAH 1.604 billion a year earlier, Raiffeisen Bank Aval, which increased profit by 0.96%, to UAH 4.071 billion, and UkrSibbank, which saw profit rise by 2.2 times, to UAH 1.898 billion.
The loss in the reporting period was received by Sberbank with UAH 6.995 billion, VTB Bank with UAH 1.788 billion, Ukrsotsbank with UAH 839.465 million, and Prominvestbank (PIB) with UAH 108.26 million.
PrivatBank received the highest net interest income before allocations to reserves – UAH 10.717 billion (an increase of 2.63 times), Oschadbank got UAH 3.664 billion (a decrease of 10.34%), and UkrSibbank some UAH 2.771 billion (an increase of 46.77%).
In relative terms, the interest income of Ukrsotsbank rose most of all, by 2.68 times, to UAH 759.934 million.
However, if to consider the assets of the banks, OTP Bank turned out to be the most successful in the reporting period as its net interest margin for the reporting period was 6.62%, followed by Kredobank with 6.24% and FUIB with 6.01%.
Ukrainian banks maintain positive expectations regarding the growth of corporate lending, as well as lending to the population over the next 12 months, according to the Survey on Credit Conditions posted on the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). According to the central bank, 76% of the banks surveyed expect an increase in the corporate loan portfolio over the next 12 months, with the corresponding expectations remaining for the sixth consecutive quarter. Some 69% of the polled banks expect the growth of lending to individuals, which is the highest percentage since the beginning of the survey in 2015.
In January-March, banks more actively than a quarter earlier approved applications for loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and consumer loans, responding to the growth in demand.
“The revival of lending to the population and SMEs in the first quarter was positively influenced by the banks’ lowering interest rates and lengthening the terms of lending,” the NBU reported on the website.
Increased competition between the banks and non-banking institutions, as well as economic growth and a reduction in inflation expectations led to the softening by small banks of requirements for individual borrowers during the first quarter. At the same time, the banks, primarily large ones, raised requirements for collateral on business loans and tightened restrictions imposed by credit agreements, especially for large enterprises. Several large banks also reported an increase in demand for mortgage loans.