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BNZ posts 22% rise in annual net profit after tax to $850 mln

BNZ posts 22% rise in annual net profit after tax to $850 mln

By Gareth Vaughan

A 12% rise in income and 35% drop in impairment losses on loans have helped lift BNZ to record annual profit of $850 million.

The bank said net profit after tax rose $155 million, or 22%, to $850 million in the year to September, from $695 million in the year to September 2013. BNZ's previous highest annual net profit was $785 million in 2008.

BNZ said total operating income rose $231 million, or 12%, to $2.136 billion with net interest income up $59 million, or 4%, to $1.624 billion. Operating expenses rose $58 million, or 7%, to $901 million.

Helping boost profit was a $39 million annual drop in impairment losses on loans to $74 million.

A $163 million turn around in gains less losses on financial instruments, which includes offshore wholesale funding, also bolstered profit. These annual gains came in at $69 million versus losses of $94 million the previous year. BNZ has also changed the way it accounts for these mark to market movements.

BNZ CEO Anthony Healy told the headline 22% profit rise was "a bit misleading" given the significant negative mark to market accounting adjustments last year on debt instruments.

"With the changes to the accounting treatment of those there is none of that this financial year... and going forward you won't see that volatility in the numbers. So if you want a number once you strip that out, it's probably (up) 6.6% year on year," said Healy.

He described the annual results as steady within a challenging financial year.

"Strong performance from agribusiness, supported by recent growth in home loans, driven by that focus, has created momentum that we expect to continue into the new financial year," said Healy.

Mortgage, rural lending market shares rise

BNZ said housing lending grew $600 million in the six months to September 30 after a subdued first half-year. This lifted BNZ's share of the home loan market by 10 basis points to 15.9%. The bank also said its share of agribusiness lending grew 20 basis points year-on-year to 22.3%. However, BNZ lost marketshare in credit cards, business lending and retail deposits.

On an annual basis BNZ's gross lending grew $2.4 billion, or 4%, to $63 billion. Customer deposits rose $4.1 billion, or 11%, to $42.6 billion. Total assets increased $2.9 billion, or 5%, to $64.9 billion.

Gross impaired assets dropped by $118 million in the second half-year to $280 million. Assets at least 90 days past due plus gross impaired assets fell to 0.76% of gross loans at September 30 from 1.04% at March 31. However, BNZ's charge to provide for bad and doubtful debts rose $5 million, or 12%, in the second half-year from the first.

BNZ Sep 2014 year Sep 2013 year Change
Cash earnings on average assets 1.24% 1.27% Down 3 basis points
Net interest margin 2.34% 2.36% Down 2 basis points
Cost to income ratio 40.2% 40.3% Down 10 basis points

Earlier parent National Australia Bank (NAB) said BNZ's annual cash profit rose 2% to $807 million.

"Business lending experienced steady growth, and there was a solid pick up in housing lending growth in the September 2014 half-year. Asset quality metrics improved and the charges for bad and doubtful debts fell over the year, but increased over the six months to September 2014 due to a small increase in specific charges," NAB said of BNZ.

BNZ's cash earnings after income tax rose $19 million to $807 million in the year to September from $788 million last year. The big Australasian banks tend to prefer cash profit as a measure of financial performance over net profit. However, the way cash profit is reported has come under fire from some banking analysts.

NAB itself recorded a 10% fall in annual cash earnings to A$5.18 billion for reasons outlined in its October 9 profit warning. CEO Andrew Thorburn also said NAB was now examining a broader range of options, "including those provided by public markets," for exiting its British operations.

NAB's fully franked annual dividends rose A8 cents, or 4%, to A$1.98 per share. Its annual cash return on equity fell 230 basis points to 11.8%.

Here's BNZ's press release.

Here's NAB's press release, its first presentation, and a second presentation.

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6 Comments interest income up $59 million, or 4%, to $1.624 billion.


Jeepers, the growth rate is greater than the OCR. - Kiwis sure love getting rogered.


This is absolutely no surprise considering our whole economy now is based on borrowing absurd amounts of money for a house and consigning most of our disposable income to service these loans. We've become a nation of slaves - slaves to an out-of-control housing bubble which isn't being allowed to correct.


Agree, yet we do this freely as adults.  What p*sses me off is if these adults default on the contract freely entered into I as a tax payer and even my grandchidren will be paying for that, unless the OBR is used and probably in-directly even then.

The LVR will I think control it, though it might pop it.



Unfortunately I don't think it will ever be allowed to pop - there are far too many vested interests, not to mention the fact it would tank the entire economy. At the moment it's quite easy to maintain with a combination of high immigration, low interest rates, a wildly disproportionate tax structure that favours property investment above pretty much anything else, and the absurd and costly planning restrictions of most local body councils which has slowed construction to a relative standstill (there are others but these are the biggies).

As for the "choices" adults make - unfortunately an increasing number of people can't afford to buy, therefore have no choice but to support this madness via the rents they pay. Meanwhile the government(s) throw a bone by way of walfare which further re-enforces the status quo, taxing middle-income earners to pay the rents of the poor straight into the hands of the rentier class.

It's an appalling system, and one that shows no sign of coming to an end.


Well something will have to give in the future, we can't go on borrowing for our stupid housing policy forever.

Read this from the "World Factbook"

"Current account balance compares a country's net trade in goods and services, plus net earnings, and net transfer payments to and from the rest of the world during the period specified. These figures are calculated on an exchange rate basis."…


Yes NZ is rather down the list at 173.

Not a good place to be.


Indeed. Our per capita rate is $1836 vs $1118 for the US and $1474 for the UK.


Re-sorted by per capita we are ranked 185 out of 193