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BII Maybank Records 14% Y-o-Y Loan Growth for Nine Months 2014

Jakarta - On 22 October 2014, PT Bank Internasional Indonesia Tbk (BII or the Bank) reported that operating profit before provision for the nine month period ended 30 September 2014 reached Rp 2.05 trillion compared with Rp1.92 trillion in the same period of last year or an increase of 6.7%. Net profit after tax and minority Interest (PATAMI) for the first nine months 2014 stood at Rp340 billion while profit before tax was Rp478 billion compared with Rp1,098 billion and Rp1,562 billion respectively last year. This was primarily due to higher provisioning recorded from some corporate customers impacted by the challenging market conditions and continued compression in net interest margin. 

The Bank saw loans growth of 14% year-on-year (y-o-y) to Rp104.6 trillion as of 30 September 2014 from Rp91.7 trillion as of 30 September 2013. The Bank has decided to re-profile its loan portfolio especially in the Global Banking segment, to ensure the distribution of risks is in line with its risk appetite. Its focus on client re-segmentation which has been implemented early this year included greater focus on the Top-Tier Local Corporations and State-Owned Enterprises. 

The Global Banking client re-segmentation showed encouraging results and is expected to be the driver for the Bank's cash management and annuity fee business. Recent landmark deals with two top state owned enterprises exemplify one in a series in the Bankís pipeline. To date, total financing to state owned enterprises has reached Rp1.5 trillion plus USD 100 million.

The Bank also continued to witness positive development in the Business Banking segment which recorded 21% increase to Rp38.9 trillion in September 2014 from Rp32.0 trillion in September 2013. Aside from its strength in Financial Supply Chain Management (FSCM) which is the Bankís unique proposition in capturing the end-to-end needs of the business ecosystem, Business Banking has shown positive traction in its newly established micro financing unit. As of the end of third quarter 2014, total micro finance portfolio has reached Rp729 billion compared with Rp59 billion last year.

The encouraging growth in the micro finance has been contributed by the launching of PIJAR (Pilihan Bijak Mitra Usaha) which is the Bank's arm for Micro Banking to reach out to the growing micro business segment in Indonesia and provide them more accessible banking services. PIJAR provides margin differentiation and is a targeted-segment initiative where the Bank has its own niche. PIJARís launch will further complement Governmentís strategy to improve financial inclusion. 

The Bank's customer Deposits increased 7% during the nine months 2014 to Rp103.6 trillion from Rp96.5 trillion in the same period last year. The Loan-to-Deposit ratio (Bank only, excluding subsidiaries) remained at a healthy level, reaching 91.13% as of 30 September 2014, while the Bank's modified consolidated LDR which includes senior bonds, long term borrowings and customer deposits stood at 82.13%.

The tight liquidity experienced by banking industry in the first nine months of 2014 which led to the increasing cost of fund had impacted the Bank's Net Interest Margin (NIM), which declined from 5.11% to 4.63%. To improve its NIM, the Bank will continue to prioritise portfolio growth with strict pricing discipline for both loan and liquidity.

The Bank will continue to diversify its funding profile and focus on more stable funding by prioritising on low cost CASA growth and leveraging the latest call from OJK to cap rate of Time Deposits. This strict pricing discipline in deposits has been implemented across the branches and regions. CASA growth as a continuing program will be mainly generated from optimising account planning within the Bank's Global and Commercial clients for cash management, FX, trade financing, and Supply chain. The Bank will also maximise its cross selling with the subsidiaries (WOM and BII Finance) for Savings Accounts. 

During the first nine months of 2014, the Bank also experienced some asset quality deterioration in a number of its past Global Banking borrowers. As a result, provisions increased by 151% to Rp1,464 billion from Rp582 billion last year. Impact from the restructuring of the bank's Structured Trade and Commodity Finance (STCF) portfolio combined with business downturn experienced by customers due to the current market condition have been the main reasons for the increase in the bank's provisions. Asset quality was maintained at the level of 2.55% (gross NPL) and 1.79% (net NPL) as of 30 September 2014 compared to 1.74% (gross NPL) and 1.02% (net NPL) as of 30 September 2013. 

The Bank has further tightened credit approval procedures and instituted new approval matrixes and limits to ensure tighter control over loan approvals and closer monitoring of its existing portfolio. Furthermore, the Bank continues to closely monitor market conditions that may adversely impact corporate borrowers while intensifying its portfolio early warning exercise.

The Bank successfully implemented its Strategic Cost Management Program (SCMP) which was launched in early 2013. This Program enabled the Bank to reduce its overhead costs by 3% from Rp3.9 trillion in September 2013 to Rp3.8 trillion in September 2014. Consequently, the Bank's cost to income ratio also improved from 67.20% to 65.05%. 

BII Sharia Banking continued to show encouraging results following the implementation of Shariah First strategy across the branches and its revamped business model last year. Total Sharia financing grew 76% to Rp5.2 trillion in September 2014 from Rp2.9 trillion in September 2013. Total Shariah financing contributed 5% of the Bank's total loan portfolio in September 2014 while total deposits increased by 84% to Rp3.5 trillion from Rp1.9 trillion. 

The Bank's subsidiaries namely PT BII Finance and PT Wahana Ottomitra Multiartha Tbk (WOM) also recorded improved performance for the nine month period 2014. BII Finance recorded strong growth of 22.% in profit before tax (stand alone) to Rp248.9 billion in September 2014 from Rp203.9 billion in September 2013 while its profit after tax (stand alone) registered a 22% increase to Rp186.3 billion in September 2014 from Rp153.1 billion in the previous year. Its total four wheel financing (consolidated) rose 21% to Rp10.7 trillion in September 2014 from Rp8.8 trillion in September 2013. Asset quality remained solid with gross NPL only at 0.23% and net NPL at 0.19%. 

Positive traction also continued at WOM. Continued improvement in asset quality and implementation of prudent risk management practice resulted in improved asset quality with net NPL level standing at 1.24% in September 2014 compared to 1.57% in September 2013. WOM's net profit was recorded at Rp41.1 billion with total two wheel financing (consolidated) at Rp8.9 trillion.

Updated 30 Oct 2014 09:12