Banks’ net profits continue to fall

By Eliot Hastie
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The latest data from APRA has revealed that net profits of Australia’s authorised deposit-taking institutions have fallen over the past 12 months. 

APRA has released the quarterly Authorised Deposit-taking Institution Performance data for the March 2019 quarter, revealing a dip in profits. 

Net profits after tax for March 2019 were $34.7 billion, which is a decline of 4.7 per cent from the March 2018 quarter. 


It is also a quarter-on-quarter decline of $1 billion, as in the December 2018 quarter ADIs reported $35.7 billion in profit. 

The statistics are not a surprise to the industry, with a less than enthusiastic decline in profits reported by the banks in half-year results. 

CBA reported a 6 per cent decline in net profits in its half-year profits while Westpac reported a fall of 24 per cent in the half-year. 

ANZ also reported a decline in net profits with a 5 per cent slide, with NAB being the only one of the big four to report a rise in net profits of 4.3 per cent. 

Total assets, though, continue to rise, with a 3.4 per cent increase from $4.667 billion in the March 2018 quarter to $4.824.8 billion this quarter. 

Other key statistics continued to rise including a 1.4 per cent rise in total capital base and a 0.7 of a percentage point rise in total risk-weighted assets. 

It also showed an improvement in the number of housing loans for ADIs with greater than $1 billion in loans, with a 1.2 per cent increase in the number of loans over the quarter. 

A downturn in house prices in Sydney and Melbourne had also affected the new housing loans approved in the quarter, with a 16.5 per cent decline. 

ADIs reported $86.8 billion in the first quarter of 2018 but only $72.4 billion in the past quarter, which is no doubt a knock-on effect of the downturn. 

The statistics also revealed that ADIs had increased their exposure to commercial property by 4.6 per cent from the first quarter of 2018.


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