KARACHI: United Bank Limited (UBL) on Wednesday posted Rs30.62 billion profit after tax for the year ended December 31, 2021, according to financial results submitted to Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX)
The bank registered 47 per cent growth in profit after tax for the year under review as compared with Rs20.78 billion in the preceding year.
The bank announced earnings per share at Rs24.84 for the year ended December 31, 2021 as compared with Rs17.10 in the preceding year.
Analysts at Arif Habib Limited said that the earnings jumped mainly on the back of reversals in provisioning and a surge in net fee income (NFI).
The bank announced a dividend of Rs6.00 per share for the quarter taking total payout to PKR 18.00 per share for the year ended December 31, 2021.
Net Interest Income (NII) of the bank settled at Rs74.7bn during the year under review, decreasing 3 per cent Year on Year YoY/ 2 per cent Quarter on Quarter (QoQ) attributable to significant rate hikes during the previous year leading to sharp increase in interest expense.
NFI depicted a rise of 29 per cent YoY mainly due to massive jump in capital gains (469 per cent YoY) followed by higher dividend income (80 per cent YoY) and foreign exchange income (8 per cent YoY). On a sequential basis, NFI was up 19 per cent QoQ mainly due to a 23 per cent QoQ jump in Fee income.
The bank booked a net reversal of Rs1.5 billion in the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to huge provisioning of Rs17.2 billion during the preceding year. This could be on the back of stronger economic activity and improved asset quality helping the bank to book reversals against Non-Performing Loans (NPLs).
The bank’s operating expenses rose 9 per cent YoY/16 per cent QoQ. Cost/Income clocked-in at 49 per cent during the year under review compared to 46 per cent same period last year.
Effective tax rate was set at 41 per cent during the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to 39 per cent in the preceding year.