KARACHI: Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan has declared massive growth of 42.5 percent in after tax profit for the year ended December 31, 2019.
The bank declared Rs16.017 billion profit after tax for the year 2019 as compared with Rs11.239 billion in the last year.
The bank also declared earnings per share at Rs4.14 as compared with Rs2.9 billion in the last year.
The profit before tax was recorded at Rs27.199 billion for the year 2019.
The bank in its annual report said that a record performance in 2019 by the bank enabled it to deliver a profit before tax of Rs27.2 billion. “This is 47 percent higher than the corresponding period last year and the highest profit since incorporation.”
Overall revenue growth was 37 percent, whereas client revenue increased by 31 percent year on year with positive contributions from transaction banking, financial markets and retail products.
Operating expenses increased by only 2 percent year on year on account of spending mainly on the bank’s products, services and people to grow the franchise.
All businesses have positive momentum in client income with strong growth in underlying drivers.
Momentum in advances (net) continues with 29 percent growth since the start of the year. This was the result of a targeted strategy to build profitable, high quality and sustainable portfolios.
With diversified product base, the Bank is well positioned to cater for the needs of its clients. On the liabilities side, the Bank’s total deposits grew by 10 percent, whereas current and saving accounts grew by 8 percent since the start of this year and are now 93 percent of the deposits base.
The optimal funding structure of the balance sheet continues to support the Bank’s performance. During 2019, the bank contributed around Rs18.6 billion to the national exchequer in lieu of direct income taxes, as an agent of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and on account of FED / Provincial Sales Taxes.
The bank continues to invest in its digital capabilities and infrastructure to enhance our clients’ banking experience through the introduction of innovative solutions.
“We have made steady progress in further strengthening our control and compliance environment by focusing on our people, culture and systems. We are fully committed to sustained growth by consistently focusing on our clients and product suite along with a prudent approach to building the balance sheet while bringing the best in class services to our customers.”