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Singapore bank DBS profit advanced nearly 68% in the fourth quarter, flags robust view

February 15, 2023: -DBS said a higher-than-anticipate 68% increase in quarterly profit as rising interest rates improved its net interest margins. Southeast Asia’s largest bank by assets carried its full-year outlook for mid-single-digit loan growth.

Singapore lenders are designated to report their increased quarterly net interest margins in over a decade on growing interest rates. Still, as the cycle peaks and economic growth sputters, profit development will be curbed, analysts said.

In the bank’s consequences statement, DBS Chief Executive Piyush Gupta said that interest rate increases are moderate, but he doesn’t expect rate slashes this year.

The Singapore-based bank is warning that there was a decreased risk of 5 to 7 basis points to the team’s peak net interest margin guidance of 2.25% due to factors which include outflows to treasury bills and a makes a strong Singapore dollar.

On Monday, DBS shares decreased 0.6% in early trade in a weak broader market.

“Our business pipelines stand strong and asset quality robust. We anticipate confidence to return to markets in the coming year as interest price increases the ease and China reopens,” Gupta stated.

DBS, the initial Singapore bank to report this season, stated in October-December, net profit boosted to a record 2.34 billion Singapore dollars in comparison with an estimate of S$2.16 billion from the triple analysts, according to Refinitiv data and S$1.39 billion in the similar period a year earlier.

The lender, which earns most of its returns from Singapore and Hong Kong, had a special dividend of 50 Singapore cents for each share, which cited its strong earnings and capital position.

Analysts at Citi stated that while the market is likely to call the special dividend, slighter advice on net interest levels could be a focus in a management conference call on Monday.

DBS stated a total net interest margin, a key profit gauge, of 2.05% for the previous quarter, up from 1.43% in a similar period a year earlier.

Among the most well-capitalised in the world, Singapore banks are on track to report record complete-year results as they benefited from the rebound in the city-state’s pandemic-reached economy in the previous year.

DBS’ annual profit zoomed 20% to a record S$8.2 billion. Least peers OCBC and UOB, which report results in the coming week, are also anticipated to post a sharp increase in annual profits, but quarter-on-quarter revenue is seen as being flat to decrease lower.

The banks’ shares had gained 10% to 15% since October when Singapore’s key market index decreased to 20-month lows. The gauge has since recovered by 12%.

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