FAB reports record first quarter 2018 Group Net Profit of AED 3.0 Billion

Sunday 29 April 2018
Abdulhamid Saeed, Group Chief Executive Officer of FAB
Abu Dhabi - MENA Herald:

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest financial institutions, reported its financial results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2018 today.

2018 off to a solid start …

·          Q1’18 Group Net Profit at AED 3.0 Billion, up 2% year-on-year and 6% quarter-on-quarter

·          Annualised Earnings per Share (EPS) at AED 1.06, compared to AED 1.04 in Q1’17

·          Operating income at AED 4.9 Billion, compared to AED 5.2 Billion in the first quarter of 2017 (which included opportunistic investment gains of around AED 400 Million)

·          Cost discipline and sustained synergy realisation continue to support market-leading cost-to-income ratio (excluding integration costs) of 25.8%, improving from 27.2% in the same period of 2017

·          Impairment charges (net) at AED 439 Million compared to AED 641 Million in Q1’17

… driven by healthy business momentum

·          Total assets at AED 678 Billion, up 1% quarter-on-quarter and 3% year-on-year

·          Loans and advances (net) and customer deposits both grew 2% quarter-on-quarter to AED 338 Billion and AED 404 Billion, respectively

·          CASA deposits represent 41% of total customer deposits, up from 38% as of December-end 2017

·          Robust asset quality with Non-Performing Loan ratio at 3.1% and strong provision coverage at 127%

… whilst maintaining strong liquidity and capital ratios, and improving returns

·          Liquidity position remains highly comfortable with loan-to-deposit ratio at 84% and Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) at 112%

·          Common Equity Tier-1 (CET1) ratio comfortably in excess of regulatory requirements at 12.4%

·          Return on Tangible Equity (RoTE) at 17.2%, up from 16.1% in Q1’17

Commenting on the bank’s performance, Abdulhamid Saeed, Group Chief Executive Officer of FAB, said:“I am pleased to announce that we started 2018 on a positive note with FAB realising a record Group Net Profit of AED 3.0 Billion. During the quarter, we continued to build on the many successes we have achieved to-date, whilst delivering strong revenues and healthy balance sheet growth. We also maintained a strong capital position even after the distribution of AED 7.6 Billion of cash dividends earlier this year.

“As we enter our second year, FAB continues to make significant progress in delivering on its business objectives and integration milestones, with IT integration activities in particular moving forward at a steady pace and according to plan. As part of our business expansion strategy, we are also extending our presence into Saudi Arabia, after receiving commercial and investment banking licenses from the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority and Capital Market Authority.

“Looking ahead to the remainder of 2018, we remain steadfast in our commitment to support the growth ambitions of our shareholders, customers, employees and all other stakeholders. We will continue to contribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s vision of a strong and prosperous UAE, as we put our customers first and remain ahead of market trends.”

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