Nations Trust Bank PLC records steady performance in 1H22 amidst challenging market conditions

12th August 2022

  

  • Healthy Revenue performance in the first six months resulting in 50% YoY growth in Operating Income
  • PBT of LKR4.6Bn and PAT of LKR 2.7Bn in 1H22 supporting further Capital formation
  • Tier I Capital at 12.24% and Total Capital Adequacy at 14.58%, well above regulatory levels
  • Exposure to USD denominated Sovereign Debt instruments less than 5% of Total Assets
  • Rapid shift to Digital Banking with 89% of all transactions performed digitally

Nations Trust Bank PLC recorded steady performance at the end of 1H2022, achieving Operating Income of LKR 16.6Bn at a year-on-year growth rate of 50%. Despite increased impairments on loans and expected losses on Sovereign Debt Instruments, the Bank recorded a PBT of LKR 4.6Bn and a PAT of LKR 2.7Bn for the 6 months ending 30 June 2022.

Commenting on 1H2022 results, Hemantha D Gunetilleke, Director & Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Considering the challenging economic environment, our primary objective was to ensure we provided uninterrupted banking and service excellence to our customers across our Branch network. Our advanced digital banking solutions have proved to be extremely useful in our customer reach with digital transactions reaching 89% of all banking transactions.

During 1H22 we have also been extremely focussed on identifying and managing emerging risks while delivering our strategic objectives set out for the year. During 1H22, we also strengthened our deposit franchise to ensure the bank remained highly liquid in terms of both LKR and Foreign Currency. Our 1H22 results demonstrate a steady financial performance, sound credit quality and strong Capital Adequacy Ratios of Tier I Capital at 12.24% and Total Capital Adequacy at 14.58%, well above regulatory requirements.

Taking the external economic environment into consideration, we have increased impairment provisions on loans, advances and Sovereign Debt instruments, resulting in a 416% YoY increase in impairments. We have also undertaken stringent cost management initiatives resulting in Cost/Income dropping from 42% to 31% YoY, despite external inflationary pressure.

With PBT at LKR4.6Bn and PAT at LKR 2.7Bn at the end of 1H22, the Bank is continuing to strengthen reserves and Capital. Overall, we are very confident of overcoming the present external challenges and continuing to support the banking needs of our customers as they build for the future”

Nations Trust Bank PLC serves a diverse range of customers across Consumer, Commercial and Corporate segments through an island wide network of 96 branches. The bank is focused on digital empowerment through cutting-edge digital banking technologies, and pioneered FriMi, Sri Lanka’s leading digital banking experience. Nations Trust Bank PLC is an issuer and sole acquirer of American Express Cards in Sri Lanka with market leadership in the premium segments.