KUWAIT: Gulf Financial institution Ok.S.C.P. (“Financial institution”) introduced its monetary effects for the primary quarter finishing 31 March 2022. The financial institution reported a web benefit of KD 15 million, an build up of KD 3.1 million or 26 p.c in comparison to 2021 first quarter web benefit of KD 12 million. Therefore, the financial institution’s go back on belongings advanced from 0.8 p.c within the first quarter of 2021 to 0.9 p.c in first quarter of 2022 and go back on fairness grew from 7.6 p.c to 9.2 p.c. Gulf Financial institution recorded an running source of revenue of KD 41.5 million for the primary quarter 2022, and an running benefit earlier than provisions of KD 21.7 million for a similar length.
The rise within the web benefit used to be principally pushed by means of a 4 p.c or KD 0.4 million build up in non-interest source of revenue, a decline of (3 p.c) or KD 0.7 million in running expense, and a decline of 30 p.c or KD 2.6 million in general provisions. As for asset high quality, the non-performing loans (NPL) ratio stood at 1.0 p.c as of 31 March 2022, less than the prior 12 months degree of one.5 p.c. Moreover, the financial institution continues to have important non-performing loans protection ratio of 548 p.c together with general provisions and collaterals.
Overall credit score provisions as of 31 March 2022 reached KD 296 million while IFRS 9 accounting necessities (ie, ECL or anticipated credit score losses) have been KD 180 million. Because of this, the financial institution has very wholesome extra provisioning degree of KD 116 million, above and past what is needed by means of the IFRS9 accounting necessities. In comparison to first quarter 2021, general belongings greater by means of 4 p.c to KD 6.5 billion, gross loans and advances to shoppers climbed by means of 7 p.c to KD 4.8 billion, and shareholders’ fairness greater by means of 4 p.c to succeed in KD 662.2 million. Buyer deposits reached KD 4.3 billion, an build up of two p.c in comparison to the prior 12 months.
The financial institution’s regulatory capital ratios remained robust because the Tier 1 ratio of 14.1 p.c used to be 3.6 p.c above the regulatory minimal of 10.5 p.c and the Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of 16.3 p.c used to be 3.8 p.c above the regulatory minimal of 12.5 p.c. Value noting that the capital ratios regulatory minimal has been partly restored compared to 2021 and might be in position throughout the 12 months 2022 as prompt by means of the Central Financial institution of Kuwait.
Long run expansion
Commenting at the effects, Jassim Mustafa Boodai, Gulf Financial institution’s Chairman mentioned: “Construction at the sure momentum generated remaining 12 months, I’m happy to announce that Gulf Financial institution has began 2022 robust, with an build up of 26 p.c in web benefit throughout the primary quarter in comparison to the similar length remaining 12 months. Our asset high quality profile and forged stability sheet basics positions us rather well to reach our strategic aspirations. We proceed to experience a powerful monetary place that allows us to ship sustainable returns for our shareholders whilst supporting the longer term expansion of the Financial institution.” Boodai added.
Boodai concluded his remarks by means of mentioning: “On behalf of the Board of Administrators, I want to thank our shareholders for his or her ongoing believe, and our workers for his or her dedication and determination. I’d additionally love to thank the Central Financial institution of Kuwait for his or her steady reinforce. Final however now not least, I need to thank our purchasers for his or her loyalty, and reiterate our dedication to providing them the most productive banking reviews.”
Gulf Financial institution remains to be smartly identified on the subject of its creditworthiness and monetary power across the world. All through the primary quarter of the 12 months, Fitch Rankings has upgraded Gulf Financial institution’s Viability Ranking to ‘bbb-‘ from ‘bb+’ and affirmed the financial institution’s Lengthy-Time period Issuer Default Ranking at ‘A’ with a Strong Outlook.
Commenting on Fitch’s credit standing announcement, Tony Daher, Gulf Financial institution’s Leader Government Officer mentioned: “The improve of Gulf Financial institution’s Viability Ranking and the confirmation of its Lengthy-term Issuer Default Ranking at ‘A’ with ‘Strong’ outlook by means of Fitch Rankings is a testomony at the Financial institution’s main marketplace place robust stability sheet, and income momentum, either one of which supported the implementation of our technique this is according to home natural expansion and virtual transformation.”
Along with Fitch Rankings’ contemporary Viability Ranking improve and confirmation of its Lengthy-Time period Issuer Default Ranking at ‘A’ with a ‘Strong’ Outlook, Gulf Financial institution has a Lengthy-term International Forex Ranking of ‘A+’ with a ‘Strong’ Outlook by means of Capital Intelligence Rankings and a Lengthy-Time period Deposits score of ‘A3’ with a ‘Strong’ Outlook by means of Moody’s Investor Services and products.
All through the quarter, Gulf Financial institution persisted attaining notable milestones of its 2025 virtual transformation technique. Daher commented: “We proceed to reinforce the momentum of this dynamic transformation, handing over a powerful monetary efficiency whilst making important growth against our imaginative and prescient of changing into the Financial institution of the Long run.” Daher persisted: “As a part of our ongoing virtual transformation adventure, we’re proud to announce that we have got effectively introduced our new cellular software that gives speedy, simple and secure buyer enjoy. The brand new app includes a pleasant interface and new options comparable to ‘Pay hyperlink’ with a invoice cut up possibility. Along with launching segment I of our upgraded touch middle against the tip of 2021, we goal to transport ahead with finishing Segment II of the improve throughout this 12 months.”
In popularity of its function to ship seamless, safe, and handy bills, Gulf Financial institution used to be awarded with “Maximum Rewarding Pay as you go Card” by means of Mastercard for its Mastercard “MOUJ” Cashback Pay as you go Card throughout the primary quarter of 2022. The Financial institution had introduced the “MOUJ” Cashback Pay as you go Card in partnership with Mastercard again in 2021.