Press Release
Jul 20, 2022

MAKATI CITY, Philippines --- Bank of the Philippine Islands delivered strong first half results posting a net income of Php 20.4 Bn up 73.0% year-on-year on higher revenues and lower provisions. This result is inclusive of a net gain on sale of property and tax adjustments due to the CREATE Law. Excluding the impact of the asset sale and tax adjustments, net income stood at Php 16.7 Bn, up 24.0% for the period.

Total revenues for the first half of the year increased by 19.8% year-on-year to Php 57.6 Bn driven by the growth in net interest income of 16.2% to Php 39.3 Bn on the back of 14.4% loan growth and a 15-basis point expansion in net interest margin to 3.46%. Non-interest income was also up 28.4% to Php 18.3 Bn as fee income increased 42.2% year-on-year, slightly tempered by notably lower securities trading gains which came off a high base last year.

Total operating expenses for the first semester was Php 25.8 Bn, higher by 7.3% compared to the previous year, with investments in technology as the main accelerator. Cost-to-income ratio was 44.8%. Excluding the income from asset sale, cost-to-income ratio stood at 49.1%.

The Bank recognized provisions of Php 5.0 Bn for the first half of the year, a 23.1% reduction from the Php 6.5 Bn booked over the same period last year. NPL ratio further improved to 1.99% and NPL coverage ratio stood at a comfortable 170.7%. The sustained strong metrics in asset quality resulted in a continued decline in credit cost, to 66 basis points, towards pre-pandemic levels. Return on Equity was 13.98%, while Return on Assets was 1.71%.

For the second quarter of the year, the Bank recorded the highest quarterly net income of Php 12.5 Bn, up 82.9% year-on-year. Total revenues reached Php 32.3 Bn for the quarter, up 35.6% on robust performances from net interest income and non-interest income. Excluding the impact of the asset sale, it was nonetheless still a record revenue of Php 27.3 Bn and record income of Php 8.7 Bn for the second quarter of 2022.

Total loans as of June 30, 2022 was Php 1.6 Tn, a 14.4% growth year-on-year, due to higher loan volumes across the board, led by growth in the corporate and SME, credit card, and auto portfolios of 16.3%, 16.5%, and 5.9%, respectively. Total deposits grew 18.3% year-on-year to Php 2.0 Tn. The Bank’s CASA increased by 12.6% with a CASA Ratio of 79.2%, while the Loan-to-Deposit Ratio was 78.1%. Both loan and deposit volumes remain above pre-pandemic levels.

Total assets reached Php 2.5 Tn, up 13.1% versus the same period last year. Total equity stood at Php 304.1 Bn, with an indicative Common Equity Tier 1 Ratio of 16.0% and a Capital Adequacy Ratio of 16.9%, both above regulatory requirements.

In May 2022, the Bank announced the shift to a dividend policy based on a dividend payout ratio of 35% to 50% of previous year’s earnings and the distribution of Php 1.06 dividend per share for the first semester of 2022, up Php 0.16 or 17.8% from the same period last year. This dividend policy replaces the fixed Php 0.90 dividend per share per semester paid by the Bank in prior years.

On July 1, 2022, Moody's Investors Service affirmed the Baa2 long-term deposit ratings of BPI with a Stable outlook while on April 26, 2022, Fitch Ratings affirmed the long-term issuer default ratings of BPI at BBB-. The Bank also currently enjoys the investment-grade ratings of BBB+ from S&P Global Ratings and BBB from Capital Intelligence. These affirmations reflect expectations that the Bank’s credit profile will remain robust over the next 12 to 18 months.

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