Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. posted a 28-percent increase in net income to P11.7 billion in the first half of 2021.
Profit growth accelerated to 29.9 percent to P3.9 billion in the second quarter of 2021 on the back of strong recovery in fee income and lower cost base, while the proactive provisioning last year and stable asset quality enabled the bank to trim provisions.
“With the sustained progress in vaccination roll-outs across the country, we are optimistic of the recovery of the economy. We remain driven to keep our growth momentum,” said Metrobank president Fabian Dee.
“Our reserves already cover 179.0 percent of nonperforming loans. Capital ratios are almost double the regulatory minimum and with abundant liquidity, the bank is in a strong position to endure prolonged risks. We have the capacity and are looking forward to provide funding support to business activities that will help push economic recovery,” said Dee.
Fee-based income rose by 16.4 percent to P6.4 billion in the first semester, supported by the revival of transaction volumes. Trust income sustained its healthy 21.2-percent growth, as assets under management expanded by 16.7 percent. The recovery in recurring fees helped mitigate the impact of subdued loan demand and margin pressure.
Operating costs were kept under control, even declining slightly to P29.4 billion in the first half of the year driven by sustained efforts to improve operational efficiency.
Metrobank’s portfolio health was stable, with NPL ratio further easing to 2.3 percent from 2.4 percent in March 2021.
Restructured loans ratio was largely unchanged at 0.5 percent. Amid this backdrop and supported by its anticipatory provisioning strategy in 2020, the bank managed to reduce provision expenses by 69.1 percent to P7.0 billion. NPL cover went up to 179 percent from 166 percent in the previous quarter.
Growth in low-cost current account and savings accounts remained healthy at 13.5 percent to P1.3 trillion as clients continued to park their excess liquidity in Metrobank. CASA ratio remained high at 73.8 percent which helped keep funding costs steady.
Metrobank is the country’s second largest private universal bank with consolidated assets of P 2.5 trillion as of end-June 2021. Total equity reached P313.2 billion, leading to a formidable capital adequacy ratio of 20.4 percent and common equity tier one ratio of 19.5 percent.