Heartland Bank sees annual profit up one-third, but next year's profit growth slowing to no more than 15%

Heartland New Zealand, parent of Heartland Bank, says its June-year profit will be up a third and next year's profit will rise between 6% and 15%. Heartland also says dairy loans comprise 7.6% of its total lending and it's working with clients under financial stress to fund working capital shortfalls.

Heartland says its June year financial results will be released on August 18.

"Heartland advises that it expects its net profit after tax (NPAT) for the year ended 30 June 2015 to be approximately $48 million which, as previously advised, is at the upper end of the NPAT (guidance) range of $46 million to $48 million," Heartland said in a statement.

It added, however, that this result is preliminary and subject to finalisation.

Heartland also said its preliminary forecast range for June 2016 financial year NPAT is $51 million to $55 million, including an allowance for estimated impairments.

Last year Heartland posted NPAT of $36 million, meaning this year's profit is set to be 33% increase. Next year's forecast, meanwhile, suggests a slower increase of between $3 million and $7 million, or 6% to 15%.

Heartland also said that, given heightened interest in the dairy sector, its exposure to dairy is currently 7.6% of its total lending book. As of March 31 Heartland had total finance receivables of $2.225 billion. That puts Heartland's dairy loans at about $169 million. The bank will, however, also have exposure to industries serving the dairy sector.

"The average loan to value ratio (LVR) for Heartland’s dairy exposures is 61%. However, it is important to note that LVRs are only one of the indicators of loan quality," Heartland said.

"Where Heartland’s dairy clients are experiencing financial stress as a result of lower dairy pay-out forecasts, we are actively working with them to fund working capital shortfalls where appropriate and ensuring they have access to appropriate support including emotional support through the Rural Support Trust and Farmstrong."

Heartland's shares were up more than 4% to $1.19. 

Formed in early 2011 through the merger of Marac Finance, CBS Canterbury and the Southern Cross Building Society, Heartland targets niche markets featuring small and medium sized businesses, the rural sector and the retail and consumer sectors. Heartland bought the good loans of rural lender PGG Wrightson Finance in August 2011. The Reserve Bank granted Heartland bank registration in December 2012.

Heartland also completed the $87 million acquisition of reverse equity mortgage businesses Sentinel and Australian Seniors Finance from Seniors Money International on April 1 last year. And last September Heartland bought a 10% shareholding in New Zealand's first licensed peer-to-peer lender Harmoney, and is lending money through Harmoney's online platform.

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Do all banks disclose the percentage of their total lending book exposure to dairy?

Kate, no they don't. but we do know the size of some banks' dairy exposure. ANZ, for example, recently disclosed it had $11.3 billion worth.

Thanks, if exposures by some sort of sector typology were consolidated into a bank by bank comparison - it would perhaps be useful to folks wanting to more effectively manage their exposure to OBR event(s). I'm sure folks who read the financials for all the banks can adequately assess their risk, but for the great majority, it isn't practical and they remain largely uninformed (and in the main, unwitting) saver guarantors.

Strikes me as monolithic in nature, ie all the big ones will have substantial exposure.

BTW how to you manage your exposure to the OBR when really there is no where to run to? Except maybe,

huge wads of cash under the bed?

short term govn bonds?

A bubble in dairy – we rode the dairy wave and we crashed with it – will be stabilising at a much lower level than imagined – Fonterra has made significant mistakes at the top of the cycle. The risk they took was incomprehensible – Fonterra is in a tough position. This morning that’s what Rodney Jones of Wigram Capital Advisors based in Beijing talks about. Watch Q and A in TV One on demand.