Banks report highest-ever November profit

Banks report highest-ever November profit

Banks report highest-ever November profit

Turkey’s banking industry’s combined net income was 5.31 billion Turkish Liras (around $900mn) in November 2019, the highest-ever figure on record for this particular month, according to the calculations Anadolu Agency made from the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK).

Local banks’ combined profit increased by a sharp 12.9 percent from 4.8 billion liras in the same month of 2018. In November 2017, the Turkish banking sector’s total profit stood at around 4 billion liras.

In the first 11 months of 2019, local lenders’ combined profit dropped to 46.6 billion liras from 50.66 billion a year earlier, an 8.1 percent decline on an annual basis.

Data from the banking regulator also showed that lenders’ total interest income jumped more than 17 percent to amount to 387 billion in January-November compared with the same period of 2018.

Anadolu Agency calculates that banks generated 297 billion liras of revenues from the loans they extended. Their interest revenues from consumer loans stood at 57.8 billion and another 192 billion liras came from other credits.

The banks’ combined interest expenses increased by 22.5 percent on an annual basis to 242 billion liras over the 11-month period. Interests paid to deposits parked at local lenders stood at more than 164 billion, pointing to a 22.4 percent increase on an annual basis.

Consequently, the banking industry’s net interest income totaled 145.3 billion liras with a 9.9 percent increase from a year earlier.

BDDK data also showed that personnel costs accounted for 28 percent of banks’ non-interest expenditure. The banking industry’s personnel expenses increased nearly 24 percent on an annual basis from 31.3 billion liras in January-November 2018 to 25.3 billion liras in the same period of last year.

In 2018, the Turkish banking sector’s net profit totaled 53.5 billion, up 10 percent annually.

On a related note, Garanti BBVA and Akbank, two of Turkey’s largest private banks, have made their guidance for 2020 public with filings with Borsa Istanbul.

Garanti, which is the fifth largest lender by asset as of end-September according to data from the Banks’ Association (TBB), expects its Turkish lira loan volume to grow between 10 percent to 13 percent in 2020.

It said its foreign currency loans will shrink this year. The bank sees its non-performing loans (NPL) ratio at around 6.5 percent.

The bank forecasts that the Turkish economy will grow by 4 percent in 2020 while the annual inflation rate will ease to 8.5 percent from 2019’s 11.8 percent.

For its part, Akbank said its lira loan growth will be in high-teens while foreign currency loan growth is expected to be in low-single digits in 2020.

Akbank, the seventh largest by asset, foresees that its NPL ratio will be less than 6 percent.