The Malta Independent 23 September 2017, Saturday

Bank of Valletta company announcement

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 09:13 Last update: about 2 months ago

As previously announced in Company Announcement No 311 issued on 26th June, Bank of Valletta is changing its accounting year end from 30th September to 31st December.

Consequently, the current financial year 2017 will, exceptionally, have a duration of fifteen months covering the period from 1st October 2016 to 31st December 2017. Thereafter, each financial year will have a twelve month duration from 1st January to 31st December.

The first interim results for the six month period from 1st October 2016 to 31st March 2017 were published on 27th April 2017. A gross interim dividend of €0.045 per share was paid to the shareholders on 26th May 2017 as per Company Announcement No 310.

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As a result of the change in financial year end:

  • the second interim results for the 12 month period from 1st October 2016 to 30th September 2017 will be published by end October 2017.
  • The preliminary statement of audited results for the full 15 month financial period from 1st October 2016 to 31st December 2017 will be published by end March 2018.

Any further dividend which may be considered will be based on the results for the full 15 month financial period.

Voluntary disclosure of financial information for the six month period ended 30th June 2017

Due to the change in financial year end, the bank will publish interim results covering the first six months of the financial year ending 31st December 2018 by August 2018, which interim results will cover the six month period to 30th June 2018, and which will include comparative financial information for the interim six month period ended and as at 30th June 2017.

This is in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 5 of the Listing Rules and in accordance with the requirements of International Accounting Standard 34 - Interim Financial Reporting.

Therefore, the Board of Directors has decided to voluntarily provide early disclosure of summary financial information for Bank of Valletta and its subsidiary entities for the interim six month period ended 30th June 2017, including comparative financial information for the six month period ended and as at 30th June 2016.

The summary financial information being disclosed by the Group includes:

  • Summarised statements profit and loss;
  • Summarised statements of financial position;
  • Segment information as at 30th June 2017;
  • Commentary on the summarised financial information. Basis of preparation

This summary financial information has been extracted from the Group's unaudited management accounts for the six month period ended 30th June 2017, and as provided in Listing Rule 5.39, where an Issuer publishes financial information in cases other than as provided for in the Listing Rules, the Issuer shall comply with generally accepted accounting principles and practice.

The voluntary summary financial information has not been prepared in accordance with all the disclosure requirements of 'International Accounting Standard 34 - Interim Financial Reporting'.

In all other respects, the accounting policies applied in the summary financial information are the same as those applied in the preparation of the annual audited financial statements of the Group for the year ended 30th September 2016.

The Share of results of equity accounted investees have been recognised in line with the March 2017 interim audited statements.

 

Summary statements of profit or loss for the six months ended 30th June 2017

The Group reported a profit before taxation of €68 million for the six month period ended 30th June 2017. The results to June 2016 include a gain of €22 million arising on the disposal of the bank's interest in Visa Europe.

The results for the six months to June 2017 are €5 million, or 8%, higher than the comparative period adjusted to exclude this one off significant item and represents a Return on Equity before tax of 18%.

Performance

During the period under review, persisting low yields and negative interest rates on balances with banks had an adverse impact on net interest margin and profitability. This was mitigated by the growth in fees and commissions and trading income as the Group's efforts to supplement interest margin with other revenue streams yielded satisfactory results.

Costs remained in line with the comparative period and reflect the Group's efforts to exert a higher level of control over the discretionary spend to mitigate higher costs resulting from the increased cost of compliance and investment in the Core Banking Transformation Programme.

The Cost to income ratio stands at 50% (June 2016, as adjusted: 48%). Net impairment releases for the six month period ended 30th June 2017 amounted to €6 million (2016: charge of €3 million) following the settlement of various non performing exposures reflecting the Group's efforts to improve the quality of the loan book.

Financial position

Total assets as at 30th June 2017 increased by 4.3% compared to 31st December 2016 reflecting the economic activity and increased customer and investor confidence during the period under review. This resulted in increases in both retail and corporate deposits. The excess of incoming funds were deployed into liquid short term assets.

Loans and advances to customers increased by 2.4% during the six months under review reflecting a satisfactory demand for credit with growth in both the mortgage and corporate loan books. Total equity as at 30th June 2017 amounted to €761 million. The Group's Core Tier 1 ratio was 13.3%.

The bank is planning to strengthen its capital base by issuing €150 million in a fresh issue of share capital. As a domestically significant institution, the bank is required to hold capital buffers higher than those for less significant banks. Therefore additional regulatory capital buffers will enable the bank to undertake new investments, sustain lending activity and distribute appropriate dividends to its shareholders.


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