BBVA S.A. announced 90.8% net profit increase to €2.88 billion in the first six months of 2013

  • Resilience: revenues remain strong despite the complex environment thanks to BBVA’s diversified model and contributions from emerging markets. Gross income for the first half came to €10.96 billion
  • Risks: the indicators are still influenced by the situation in Spain and the trends of past months continued in all regions. The Group’s NPA ratio stands at 5.5% and the coverage ratio is 68%
  • Capital adequacy: BBVA once again demonstrated the strength of its capital. The core capital ratio increased to 11.3%, under current Basel criteria

20-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — BBVA posted net profit of €2.88 billion in the first six months of 2013 (+90.8%), boosted by recurring income and the sale of non-strategic assets. The results demonstrate the quality and resilience of the bank’s income. Since the start of the crisis BBVA has consistently generated around €5 billion of gross income in each quarter in every difficult scenario.

BBVA president and COO Ángel Cano said, “Diversification allowed us to navigate a complex crisis while maintaining the strength and recurrence of our revenues. We see signs of recovery in the Spanish economy and our capacity to grow remains intact.”
Once again income remained strong despite a highly complex environment caused by low interest rates and other factors such as the elimination of ‘floor’ clauses in mortgage loans to private Spanish individuals. In the second quarter the most recurring forms of income (net interest income plus fee income) came to €4.81 billion. This was virtually in line with the same period last year and exceeded the preceding quarter’s figures.

Gross income in the second quarter this year rose slightly compared to the first quarter to €5.49 billion (up 0.4%). The total for the first half was €10.96 billion (down 1%). The steady margins are due to the diversified business model, which gives considerable weight to emerging markets (Latin America, Turkey and Asia). Together these markets contributed 58% of the Group’s gross income.

BBVA maintained its policy of investing in fast-growing economies and keeping costs at bay in developed ones. Operating income in the first half came to €5.39 billion, which was down 8.8% year-over-year. Mexico led the contributions to operating income with 31% of the total, followed by Spain and South America.

Risks performed as anticipated, extending the previous trend in each region. The Group’s non-performing asset ratio stood at 5.5% and the coverage ratio was 68%. These indicators were influenced by the situation in Spain.

Furthermore the bank continued to improve its level of capital adequacy. The core capital ratio increased to 11.3%, calculated according to present Basel norms. The leverage ratio, as per the CRD-IV directive (Basel III) stood at 4.8% compared to the minimum regulatory requirement of 3%.  That same ratio, defined as equity to total assets came to 7.8%. The liquidity structure showed further improvement with a reduction of €15 billion in the liquidity gap and over €6 billion in debt issues during the first half.

By business area banking activity in Spain does not yet reflect the incipient economic recovery. In the first half the area’s gross income was €3.25 billion, down 6.1% year-over-year. Nonetheless it was higher compared to the second half of 2012. Income was under pressure from low business volumes, low interest rates and the elimination of ‘floor’ clauses in mortgage loans to private Spanish individuals. On the positive side the cost of new deposits continued to fall, BBVA gained 190 basis points of market share and it successfully completed the integration of Unnim. Lending declined slightly (down 0.5%) while customer funds rose sharply (up 11.6%). The area’s NPA ratio stood at 4.7% with coverage at 45%.  Attributable profit on banking business came to €742 million in the first half (down 5.2%).

Real estate business in Spain managed to reduce its losses significantly. The sale of properties continues to grow briskly with 6,617 units sold in the first half. Moreover net exposure to the developer sector extended the downward trend, falling 15.2% since December 2011. Loan-loss provisions were substantially less than the first half of 2012 when provisions were made in accordance with the Spanish government’s financial reform. The attributable result for the first half was a loss of €629 million, compared to a loss of €1.43 billion a year earlier.

In Eurasia Turkey has become the engine of growth thanks to the efforts of Garanti, which is the leading bank in this market. Its business activity continued to grow rapidly. Operating income in Eurasia rose 1.8% in the first half to €744 million. The area’s net attributable profit in the first half came to €429 million (down 25.8%) partly due to lower contributions from CNCB (China), which faced higher provisions imposed by local regulation.

Mexico continued to grow. Lending was up 6.9% and customer funds 6.8% and it also improved its deposit mix. The franchise is the leader in the Mexican market and showed solid revenue growth. Gross income for the first half rose 7.1% year-over-year to €3.1 billion in constant euros. The risk indicators were stable with the same NPA ratio as a year earlier (4%) and the coverage ratio stood at 109%. The area generated net profit of €876 million (up 2.3% at constant exchange rates).

South America’s income statement again recorded double-digit growth, driven by buoyant business activity in that region. Lending was up 16.9% and customer funds surged 26.3%. Net interest income for the first half jumped 24% to €2.15 billion and gross income increased 15.4% to €2.61 billion (both at constant exchange rates). Moreover the risk indicators were extremely stable. The NPA ratio was unchanged since the previous quarter (2.2%) and the coverage ratio was 136%. Net attributable profit came to €561 million which is practically the same as a year earlier in constant euros).

Business activity in the United States maintained a positive pace but spreads were affected by the low-interest rate and low-fee environment. This area was focused on managing risk appropriately while keeping costs contained. Net interest income in the first half came to €702 million, down 9.5% at constant exchange rates while gross income fell 5.5% to €1.07 billion year-over-year. The NPA ratio declined to 1.5% and the coverage ratio increased to 118%. Net attributable profit was €213 million (down 7.3% at constant exchange rates).

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BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, it is the largest financial institution in Mexico and it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States. Its diversified business is biased to high-growth markets and it relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes.


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