First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)
The UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest financial institutions, has reported consolidated pro-forma financial results for the first time post-merger, delivering a resilient performance amidst softer economic conditions.
First Half 2017 Group Net Profit improved 4% year-on-year to AED 5.49 Billion, translating to annualised Earnings per Share of 97 fils. Solid revenues at AED 9.85 Billion and the realisation of substantial cost synergies post-merger, were key drivers behind this performance. Also, impairment charges were 8% lower year-on-year on the back of higher recoveries and an adequately provisioned portfolio. In the second quarter of 2017, the Group generated a net profit of AED 2.56 Billion down from AED 2.68 Billion in the same period in 2016, primarily reflecting slower business momentum year-on-year.
As of June-end 2017, FAB displays a strong liquidity profile with loans-to-deposit ratio of 85% and Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) well above the glide path as defined by Basel III norms. Capital position has strengthened year-on-year thanks to continued focus on risk optimisation. With a CET1 ratio of 14.4%, the Group is well positioned to meet capital requirements as a Domestic Systemically Important Bank. Annualised returns for the first half of 2017 are solid with a Return on Tangible Equity (RoTE) at 14.7%.
Abdulhamid Saeed, Group Chief Executive Officer of FAB, said: “I am pleased with the progress and execution of our integration plan at this early stage in our transformation journey. The consolidation of our businesses and operations, and the ongoing realisation of synergies are strong testaments to the benefits of this merger as we continue to create value for customers, employees, shareholders and communities, and empower them to grow stronger through differentiation, agility and innovation.
“FAB’s performance in the first half of 2017 demonstrates the Group’s resilience during a period marked by softer economic conditions. With Group net profit increasing 4% to AED 5.49 Billion and solid revenue of AED 9.85 Billion, we ended the period with a strong balance sheet, an industry leading cost-to-income ratio, as well as a robust liquidity profile and capital position - meaning we are well-placed to meet the evolving regulatory landscape. As a strong testament to our achievements as a financial services leader in the UAE and the broader region, FAB secured prestigious industry awards during the quarter, including ‘Best Investment Bank in the UAE’ and ‘Best Bank for Financing in the Middle East’ from Euromoney, alongside ‘Best Bank in the UAE’ from the Banker Middle East Industry Awards.”
He continued: “Looking ahead, we are continuing to create a stronger and efficient financial institution, and remain firmly focused on building sturdy foundations to drive long-term sustainable growth and maximise value for our shareholders.”
FAB’s first quarter post-merger was marked by the completion of the organisational structure across the Group while good progress was achieved towards consolidating businesses and enablement functions, integration of IT systems as well as right-sizing the branch network.
During the period, the launch of FAB’s new brand identity and Grow Stronger platform was a key milestone for the Group, marking the start of a new movement to motivate and inspire customers, employees and the broader community. The new brand will be rolled out across branches, digital touch-points and communication materials throughout the second half of the year.
Customer value proposition was also significantly enhanced through a wider and complementary range of products and services in both Corporate and Investment Banking and Personal Banking.