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Commonwealth Bank Reports 35% Profit Increase

Executives of Commonwealth Bank reported a 35 per cent increase in profits its third quarter but Executive Chairman of the bank William Sands says the bank is still “cautiously optimistic” due to the country’s fragile economy.

“While we are cautiously optimistic about the remainder of 2013, the bank is closely monitoring pending changes in the regulatory and tax environments for 2014,” Mr. Sands said.
In a press statement, Commonwealth Bank reported a net income of $39.3 million for the first nine months of the fiscal year.

Officials say the bank’s positive stretched across the board with comprehensive net income for the three months ending September 30, 2013 standing at $13.2 million – nearly three times more than the previous year when results for the third quarter landed at $4.7 million after being heavily impacted by increasing loan impairment expenses.

Total assets inched up slightly from $1.43 billion at the end of 2012 to $1.44 billion.
“There were impressive increases in the bank’s earnings per share ratio – $0.36 up to 45 per cent over 2012’s ratio of $0.25. The bank also showed dramatic improvement in its loan portfolio with its nonperforming loan ratio of 4.4 per cent outperforming the industry average of 13.9 per cent as reported by the Central Bank.
“The bank also reported strong capital and liquidity positions with capital adequacy at over 24 per cent and a liquidity ratio of 35 per cent, both significantly in excess of Central Bank’s requirements of 17 per cent and 20 per cent respectively.”

Although he couched results in careful terms looking to a future that includes major regulatory and taxation changes, with increased business licence fees as well as the proposed implementation of value added tax, there was no arguing with the bank’s fiscal 2013 success, a success it shares with its Bahamian shareholders from every walk of life and every island throughout the archipelago.
“In this 40th anniversary year of Independence for The Bahamas, I wish to thank our shareholders, our customers and the public at large for their ongoing support, and our complement of hardworking and devoted employees who are instrumental in achieving our outstanding results,” said Mr. Sands.
Commonwealth Bank operates branches in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco and has paid consistent quarterly dividends since it went public in the year 2000.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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