BRD Group results for H1 2023

Miruna Macsim 03/08/2023 | 15:19

Main commercial trends and financial indicators of BRD Groupe Société Générale on June 30, 2023, at a consolidated level, according to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

 

 

– Strong lending growth supported by corporate dynamic and retail resilience

➢ corporate lending activity, printing high at +18% YoY, underpinned by both SME (+29% YoY) and large corporates (+12% YoY)

➢ record production of consumer loans in H1 (+13% YoY) and Q2 (+20% YoY)

➢ active SMEs financing under IMM Invest Plus, with RON 1.6 billion new approved loans in H1 2023

➢ engaged in supporting sustainability transitions, with RON 1.2 billion in new sustainable financing in H1 2023

➢ strong performance in leasing financing (+18% YoY)

leading to an +8% YoY increase in the stock of loans at the end of June 2023

– Deposits consolidate on the rise, +9% YoY

– Digital transformation and clients’ adoption speed up

➢ 1.3 million users of YouBRD mobile application, +45% YoY at June 2023 end

➢ continuous enrichment of the user experience with new features

➢ consistently increasing number of transactions

➢ instant payments available for small business and corporate customers

– Excellent financial performance

➢ strong revenues growth with NII +18.3% YoY and trading activity, as main drivers

➢ opex dynamic (+10.7% YoY) influenced by labor market tightness and elevated inflation

➢ solid asset quality: new historic low NPL ratio at 2.2% and comfortable NPL coverage

➢ high net profit, RON 768m compared to RON 617m in H1 2022, + 24.4% YoY

➢ ROE 20% vs 15.6% in H1 2022

BRD delivered dynamic business performance and excellent financial results during the first semester of the year, despite a constantly challenging economic environment. Lending activity was strong, with dynamic Corporate segment, posting a very solid performance of +18% YoY, built on both SMEs and large corporates. BRD continued to be an active financier of companies eligible under IMM INVEST Plus program, offering support for more than 1500 customers, with a total value of approved loans of RON 1.6 billion. In addition, supporting the sustainability transition remains a strong commitment, with new sustainable financing exceeding RON 1.2 billion. On individuals, lending was rather resilient, with contrasting effects of consumer and housing within the mix.

Consumer loan production had a remarkable performance reaching record levels, while housing loans production reflected the declining market trend in the context of elevated interest rates. Building on a solid commercial activity and excellent asset quality, BRD Group delivered over the first half of the year an excellent financial performance, with significant growth of revenues, while operating expenses’ evolution was contained by a rigorous spending discipline. The positive jaws effect resulted into improved cost to income ratio during the analysed period. These vigorous business results, complemented by cost of risk in net release, contributed to a strong increase of net result, +24% YoY,and a high ROE of 20%. Going forward, BRD is well positioned to continue its business growth and remains committed to provide financial and expertize support for its customers and the economy“, said François Bloch, CEO of BRD Groupe Société Générale.

Dynamic corporate lending and resilient expansion on retail

BRD Group net loans (including leasing receivables) growth reached +8% YoY at June 2023 end. The increase was sustained by a vigorous lending activity on corporate segment, while the dynamic on retail was softer, reflecting the impact of monetary policy tightening measures and the decline in purchasing power.

On retail, net loans outstanding was up +2.3% YoY as of June 2023 end (individuals +1.8% YoY and small business +16.0% YoY). The evolution was mainly supported by consumer loan production, increasing by +13% YoY in H1 2023 and reaching a quarterly record level in Q2 2023. Housing loans production was marked by a declining market trend in the context of elevated interest rates.

Corporate lending activity showed a strong dynamic, growing at a double-digit pace, +17.9% YoY as of June 2023 end, building on an excellent contribution from both SME segment (+29.1% YoY) and large companies (+12.2% YoY). Leasing activity performed also very well, posting an overall portfolio increase of +18.2% YoY.

BRD financed more than 1,500 customers under IMM Invest Plus program, with RON 1.6 billion approved loans in H1 2023. In addition, BRD co-financed 450 companies eligible for non-reimbursable subsidies from state or European Union budget, with a total value of loans of RON 195 million. BRD is highly committed to finance the sustainability transition with a total volume of new sustainable financing reaching RON 1.2 bn in H1 2023.

Further consolidation of deposit base

The customers’ deposits reached RON 58.4 bn as of June 2023 end, higher by +8.9% on an annual basis, with +6.6% YoY advance on retail segment and +13.3% YoY on non-retail. In the context of elevated rates and, thus, competitive remuneration, individuals’ term deposits continue to grow steeply. On corporate segment, higher net inflows were registered from large corporate customers (+21.8% YoY) and, to a smaller extent, from SMEs (+2.5% YoY).

Accelerating digital transformation, extended usage of mobile banking application

During the first half of the year, BRD continued to further expand and enhance the digital functionalities of its e-channels. More than 1.3 million users of You BRD, +45% YoY at June 2023 end,are enjoying the latest developments of the application, like the additional security features, or thevisualisation of BRD AM funds and capital market accounts directly from the application. Small business and corporate customers can make interbank transfers within few seconds, 24/7, day or night, bank holiday or weekend, by using the instant payments service.

Excellent financial results

BRD Group revenues growth was solid during the 1st half of the year, reaching RON 1,861 million, up by 13.4% compared to H1 2022. Net interest income had a strong contribution to this dynamic, increasing by +18.3% YoY in H1 2023, on favorable volume effect and higher interest rates on assets portfolio. The elevated rates environment left its mark also on liabilities side through rising funding costs primarily associated with term deposits. Net fees and commissions reduced on a yearly basis, by 3.4% YoY, influenced in principal by lower services fees from cards activity and lower volume of cash transactions mainly on a base effect (last year reaction induced by Russia-Ukraine war which generated massive withdrawals from individual customers). These were partially compensated by higher commissions from packages which benefited from rising number. Other income, up by +18.4% YoY in H1 2023, was underpinned by trading activity given improved results both on foreign exchange and fixed income.

Operating expenses totalled RON 944 million in H1 2023 (vs RON 853 million in H1 2022), increasingby +10.7% YoY. Staff expenses (+11.2% YoY) remained influenced by a price effect amid fixed salaries increases and other benefits adjustments (following new labour agreement signed in June 2022), given the persisting labour market tightness and still elevated inflation. For the other costs categories the dynamic is explained to a large extent by higher expenses on external services and IT&C to support the delivery of digital transformation, while run-the-bank costs remain under a very good control, being kept well below inflation.

Overall operating performance was very solid, with gross operating income increasing by +16.4% to RON 918 million compared to RON 789 million in H1 2022. BRD Group cost to income ratio improvedby 1.3 ppt to 50.7% in H1 2023, from 51.9% in the same period of the previous year.

During the analysed period, asset quality remained strong, with NPL ratio (non-performing loans, according to EBA definition) reaching new historic low level of 2.2% at June 2023 end, further improving from 2.6% at June 2022 end, and provision coverage remaining well above 70% (74% at June 23 end vs 77% at June 22 end). The net cost of risk represented RON 5.2m net release in H1 2023, compared to RON 46.1m net charge in H1 2022, mainly given sustained recoveries on defaulted exposures.

As a result of all the above, BRD Group recorded a net profit of RON 768 million in H1 2023 (+24.4% YoY, from RON 617 million in H1 2022) and ROE printed higher to 20.1% for the first half of the yearvs 15.6% in H1 2022.

BRD total capital ratio stood at 22.4% as of June 2023 end, reflecting a solid capital position.

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