,“Moving forward, we will continue to strengthen our digital capabilities and pursuit of innovation, as well as accelerate our sustainability commitments which we believe will provide us the competitive edge in pursuing our growth agenda,” Abdul Farid told reporters at a virtual briefing yesterday.
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PETALING JAYA: With the expectation of a more challenging second half of 2021, Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) is working towards maintaining sufficient buffers for unexpected events.
The banking group, which is South-East Asia’s fourth-largest bank by assets, said yesterday it remains cautious on potential asset quality slippages in the coming months.
This is due to the uneven economic recovery for some key Asean markets as a result of the continued lockdowns in the second half-year and the extension of repayment assistance packages.
It is worth noting that Maybank’s repayment assistance to its clients has increased over the past several months, including because of the loan moratorium in Malaysia that took effect in July.
About 27.1% of Maybank’s outstanding loan balance in Malaysia is under relief programmes as at Aug 13, marking an increase from 16.9% as at May 10.However, Maybank’s operations in Indonesia suffered a 15% decline in gross loans, in comparison to industry’s muted growth of 0.4%.(File pic shows Maybanks HQ in KL)
In Indonesia, about 15.3% of outstanding loan balance is under relief programmes as at Aug 13, a slight increase from 13.4% as at May 10.
However, in Singapore, the size of loans under relief programmes has declined to 6.1% as at Aug 13 from 6.7% as at May 10, given the improvement in domestic Covid-19 situation.
Amid the challenging environment, Maybank group president and chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Farid Alias expects weaker loans growth in the third quarter of financial year 2021 (FY21), following a slower growth in the second quarter ended June 30.
While Maybank’s gross loans in the January-June 2021 period grew by 4.1%, which Abdul Farid said was above industry growth, the expansion was primarily driven in the first three months of the year.
However, the momentum is expected to pick up once again in the fourth quarter, he said.
The banking group, whose net profit more than doubled in the second quarter of FY21 year-on-year (y-o-y), said it will continue with its strategies of focusing on risk management, strengthening its capital and growing its current account and savings account (CASA) deposit base.
“Our strong liquidity and capital positions have given us the ability to support our customers through this prolonged pandemic while at the same time, enabled us to pursue growth opportunities across the region and undertake the necessary investments to prepare ourselves for the future.