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15 percent growth for China Bank

15 percent growth for China Bank

(27 March 2017 – Philippines) China Banking Corp. expects to sustain a double-digit growth of 15 percent on the back of the growth in core businesses across all market segments.

The bank, owned by retail and banking magnate Henry Sy, informed the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) it sees its net income increasing to P7.4 billion (A$19.3 million) this year, from P6.46 billion in 2016.

The bank said its net interest income would increase by 14 percent to P19.03 billion from P16.69 billion while its non-interest income is seen jumping 32.8 percent to P6.76 billion from P5.09 billion with the increase in bank commission as well as service charges.

Operating expense is expected to grow 16.2 percent to P15.51 billion due to increased staff numbers, additional branches as well as investments in infrastructure and technology.

China Bank expects a 13 percent growth in its loan book to P436.85 billion while investments are predicted to rise 9.6 percent to P108.45 billion.

The bank’s total asset base is expected to increase to P689.61 billion this year from P633.2 billion last year, or an 8.9 percent year-on-year rise.

China Bank’s deposit base is expected to increase eight percent to P585.56 billion from P541.58 billion with the share of low cost deposits increasing to 54 percent from 51 percent.

The bank expects a projected return on average assets of 1.1 percent and a return on average equity of 10 percent this year.

China Bank president and chief executive officer Ricardo Chua said the bank will continue to take advantage of opportunities amid the uncertainties in the global financial market.

“We look forward to 2017 with our usual cautious optimism, actively pursuing opportunities while mindful of the challenges from a volatile global environment,” Chua said.

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