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FIMBank Announces Positive Half-Yearly Results


FIMBank Group’s financial results for the first six months of 2017 extends the profitability trend, reflecting the ongoing success of a transformation strategy which the Group has actively pursued since 2015. FIMBank registered a profit after tax of USD4.12 million, compared to a profit of USD1.21 million for the same six-month period in 2016. These figures emerge from the publication of the Group’s Interim Financial Statements for 2017, which were approved at a meeting of its Board of Directors on 9 August 2017.

At 30 June 2017, Total Consolidated Assets stood at USD1.73 billion, in line with the position at end 2016, while Total Consolidated Liabilities stood at USD1.55 billion, also at par with the figure for end 2016.  During the period under review, net income rose from USD21.01 million to USD25.44 million. The Group’s operating results before impairments, marked-to-market adjustments, and share-of-equity results, were USD3.2 million higher when compared with the second half of 2016. The period under review also saw an increase in operating expenses, up by 13 per cent to USD21.22 million, largely reflecting an increase in regulatory costs. Meanwhile, in another milestone achievement, the Group made a net impairment gain of USD 1.76 million in the period under review, compared to a loss of USD0.18 million in 2016.

Commenting on the financial results, FIMBank Group CEO Murali Subramanian stated that “The positive financial results we have announced reflect, even without the one off gain, progression resulting from the efficiency enhancements and portfolio quality improvement. Throughout the first half of 2017, we sharpened revenue generation without growth, benefitting from the risk management and operational efficiencies we have been undertaking for the past two years, whilst optimising on our capital and funding resources. It is primarily to these that we owe the significantly higher net profits registered this year to date”.

Mr Subramanian explained that an upgraded asset origination process, as well as product differentiation, remained at the core of the Group’s agenda. In addition to these, the Group has made significant strides in the implementation of client-centric coverage models, cross-sell initiatives across the different Group segments, and the strategic use of offices in key markets, particularly in the MENA region. He also referred to the development of niche’ products, including lending instruments for the Malta real estate portfolio, as well as those for funding purposes, especially with the launch of the fully-fledged digital banking platform FIMBank Direct. He emphasised the importance of robust governance and an effective risk framework in the context of the Group’s achievements, highlighting as noteworthy “the strong compliance culture which has enabled the Group to maintain a healthy relationship with its correspondent banks”, highlighting that Deutsche Bank is one of the “prime, longstanding relationships in various currencies, including Euro and US Dollar.”

FIMBank Group Chairman Dr John C. Grech stated that the Board was very encouraged by the results of the first half of 2017, adding that “we are confident that this trend will be sustained throughout the rest of the year. We will build on our strengths and ongoing successes to ensure value creation to all FIMBank stakeholders and to reap the benefits of the excellent work undertaken by our senior management in the past critical months.”

With regards to the immediate outlook for the FIMBank Group, Dr Grech stated that the Group is “evolving into a stronger banking institution based on sound business discipline, centrally-aligned operations, and effective management of enterprise risks.” He reiterated that “the dynamics in evidence during the last months will continue, as the Group continues to pursue a revenue maximisation approach, maintain portfolio quality, while bolstering its capital position to trigger further asset growth. Success in these areas will allow FIMBank to take its customer experience to a superior level, support scale, and generate enterprise value to its diverse stakeholder platform”.

Meanwhile, FIMBank’s Board of Directors will not be recommending an interim dividend for the period under review.