Seylan Bank profit momentum continues in to Q1 2023

Seylan Bank began the new fiscal year on a strong note,with Q1 2023 recording a Profit Before Tax (PBT) of LKR 1.7 Bn compared to LKR 1.5 Bn in 1Q 2022 demonstrating a robust growth of 17.26%.

Supporting the bottom line, Profit After Tax (PAT) was LKR 1.135 Bn in 1Q 2023, a 7.69% increase over the corresponding 2022 period.Contributing significantly to the Bank’s profit momentum was asurge in Net Interest Income (NII) by 67.98% for the period under review.

Growth in the Bank’s toplinefor Q1 2023 was propelled by notable increases in operating income of LKR 13.3 Bn, a 47.26% growth during the period under review compared to LKR 9.1 Bn in the corresponding period of 2022, driven mainly by growth in Net Interest Income, Net Fee Income etc.

The bank recorded a substantial increase in interest income, amounting to LKR 28.9 Bn, reflecting a 116.87% growth compared to Q1 2022.

Additionally, Net Fee and Commission Income posted a notable growth of 23.34% to LKR 1.8 Bn from LKR 1.4 Bn in Q1 2022, mainly due to increase in Loans and Advances related Fees, commission income on   Debit & Credit Cards and Other Financial Services etc.

The Bank’s total assets asat31 March 2023 was LKR 671 Bn.Whileloans and advances wasLKR 424 Bn, a contraction mainly due to the impact from local currency appreciation,deposits reflected a marginal growth to LKR 550 Bn. The contraction of assets and liabilities was partly due to local currency appreciation, which led to a decrease in the value of foreign currency assets and liabilities.

Total Operating Expenses recorded an increase of 23.39% from LKR 3.6 Bn in the 1Q of the previous year to LKR 4.4 Bn during the period under review,mainly due to the impact of price increases due to higher inflation and local currency depreciation. The Bank’s personnel expenses increased by 13.08 % to LKR 2.2 Bn in 1Q 2023 compared to LKR 1.98 Bn in 1Q 2022as a result of the salary revision based on the collective agreement and other adjustments provided to compensate rising cost of living expenses. Additionally, establishment expenses increased by 36% to LKR 2.2 Bn during the period under review.

The Bank recorded an impairment charge of LKR 6.4 Bn in 1 Q 2023 against LKR 3.4 Bn reported in 1 Q 2022 with a growth of 88.14%. The Bank increased the impairment provision to capture the impact on emerging global and local economic challenges and the credit risk profile of the customers,thereby continuously assessing the credit quality of the Bank’s loan portfolio ensuring adequate provisions are recognized in the financial statements.

Income tax expenses stood at LKR 585.5 Mn which is a 41.68% increase from the comparative period, which increased to LKR 413.2 Mn due to higher tax rates. Interest expenses increased by 167.62% amounting to LKR 17.5 Bn over the corresponding period in 2022.

Seylan Bank remained soundly capitalized as of 31 March 2023, with the key capital adequacy ratios above the regulatory minimum requirements and recorded 11.17% as Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio & Total Tier 1 Capital Ratio and 13.92% as the Total Capital Ratio.

The Return on Equity (ROE) stood at 8.24% and Return on Average Assets (profit before tax) stood at 1.02% for the period under review. The Bank’s Earnings per Share increased from LKR 1.71 reported in the previous year’s Q1 to LKR 1.84 in Q1 2023. The Bank’s Net Assets Value per Share stood at LKR 90.62 as at 31 March 2023 (Group LKR 93.29) compared to LKR 94.24 reported as at the previous year end (Group LKR 97.27).

While Q1 2023 results bodes well for the future, Seylan Bank will be steered by Ramesh Jayasaekera, as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 May 2023.

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