Burgan Bank has reported net income of KD33.7 million for the year 2020 and delivered a robust operating profit of KD115.5 million ($382.02 million).
FY’20 revenues declined by 14.3% year-on-year to KD212.8 million, primarily due to the pandemic-led weak operating environment and the low interest rates.
However, the bank generated stable levels of non-interest income for the year at KD72.8 million.
The bank reported KD97.2 million of operating expenses for the year, a 4.9% improvement over previous year due to a number of cost-saving initiatives undertaken during 2020.
In FY’20, the bank’s Customer Loans and Advances grew by 1.4% to KD4.3 billion and Customer Deposits grew by 2.5% to KD4.1 billion. The bank grew its Loan Book by 5.0% in its core market, Kuwait, while adopting a cautious approach in its subsidiaries’ markets.
In Q4’20, Burgan successfully issued $500 million Tier 2 Capital securities, further strengthening its Capital Adequacy Ratio to 18.1%. The bank’s strong liquidity levels are well-reflected in its Liquidity Coverage Ratio of 201.3% and Net Stable Funding Ratio of 106.2% as at December 31, 2020.
Burgan Board of Directors has recommended a distribution of cash dividend of 5 fils per share, in addition to a 5% stock dividend, subject to shareholders approval at Annual General Meeting.
Burgan has received strong interest from potential buyers for its stake in Bank of Baghdad (BoB). Burgan expects to conclude the sale in 2021 upon receipt of required approvals.
Commenting on the Bank’s performance Majed Essa Al Ajeel, Chairman of Burgan Bank K.P.S.C. said: “2020 has posed tremendous challenges to economies across the globe and has had a negative impact on the banking sector. In such a difficult year, Burgan’s results are testimony to our strong operating model, ably supported by our prudent risk practices.”
“The bank successfully executed issuance of $500 million Tier 2 bonds, boosting its capital levels at optimal cost. The issue was 4 times oversubscribed by international and regional investors and reflects the strength of the bank’s credit profile.”
“In 2020, we maintained our commitment to outstanding customer service through unwavering efforts of our employees and executive management team. I express my sincere appreciation for the dedication and hard work of the entire Burgan team throughout this pandemic. In addition, I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to our shareholders for their continuous support and to our regulators, the Central Bank of Kuwait for their guidance and positive contributions.”
Commenting on the Bank’s financial results, Masaud M. J. Hayat, Vice Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Burgan Bank K.P.S.C. added: “In 2020, Burgan delivered resilient performance considering the pandemic’s impact on the operating environment, further exacerbated by the volatile oil prices.”
He further added: “The bank is focused on the execution of its long-term strategic ambitions, namely, asset reallocation with increased focus on Kuwait, digital transformation to deliver best-in-class secure and convenient banking experience and further strengthening of talent pool and organisational culture.”
Looking ahead, Hayat added: “As part of our asset reallocation plan, we are making progress in our plan to exit from Iraq and this will enable Burgan to focus on further growth in Kuwait. Also, we will continue to invest in enhancing our digital platform.”
In conclusion, Hayat said: “The proactive measures introduced by Central Bank of Kuwait have significantly supported individuals and businesses during this crisis and we extend our sincere gratitude to them in protecting the banking sector which is considered a very important element in our economy.”
Raed A. Al-Haqhaq, Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer & CEO- Kuwait of Burgan Bank added: “Burgan’s Kuwait franchise continues to perform well despite the impact of the pandemic on the economy. We have taken stringent measures to protect the health and safety of our customers and employees during the Covid-19 crisis while addressing their banking needs. Our employees have shown exemplary dedication to supporting our customers and I express my gratitude to each one of them for their ongoing contributions.”
Looking ahead, Al Haqhaq said: “We are confident that with our strong risk management framework, commitment of our team and enhanced digital platform, Burgan is well positioned to navigate the challenges ahead in Kuwait and in our international markets.” -- Tradearabia News Service