Major Banks’ Shareholders Highly Leveraged; Profits $37bn, Up 10%

The recently released APRA quarterly banking performance statistics to September 2015 tells an interesting story. We have charted data for the major Australian banks which shows continued housing loan growth, and considerable lifts in the capital ratios in 2015.

However, looking directly at the ratio of gross advances to share capital (ignoring reserves and other factors), we still see the shareholders are highly leveraged, at 4.9% (up from a recent all-time low of 4.7% in June). This is a function of having an ever greater share of home loans in the portfolio, (with lower risk weights). It shows how reliant the banks are on expanding their mortgage books (so directly linked to rising house prices etc.).

Major-Banks-Financals-Sept-2015More broadly, looking at all the ADI’s, on a consolidated group basis, there were 159 firms operating in Australia. The net profit after tax for all ADIs was $37.0 billion for the year ending 30 September 2015. This is an increase of $3.5 billion (10.3 per cent) on the year ending 30 September 2014.

The return on equity for all ADIs was 14.1 per cent for the year ending 30 September 2015, compared to 14.2 per cent for the year ending 30 September 201.

The total assets for all ADIs was $4.58 trillion at 30 September 2015. This is an increase of $420.9 billion (10.1 per cent) on 30 September 2014.

The total gross loans and advances for all ADIs was $2.91 trillion as at 30 September 2015. This is an increase of $237.7 billion (8.9 per cent) on 30 September 2014.

The total capital ratio for all ADIs was 13.7 per cent at 30 September 2015, an increase from 12.4 per cent on 30 September 2014.

The common equity tier 1 ratio for all ADIs was 10.1 per cent at 30 September 2015, an increase from 9.2 per cent on 30 September 2014.

The risk-weighted assets (RWA) for all ADIs was $1.86 trillion at 30 September 2015, an increase of $157.0 billion (9.2 per cent) on 30 September 2014.

Impaired facilities and past due items as a proportion of gross loans and advances was 0.87 per cent at 30 September 2015, a decrease from 1.09 per cent at 30 September 2014. Specific provisions as a proportion of gross loans and advances was 0.22 per cent at 30 September 2015, a decrease from 0.28 per cent at 30 September 2014.

Author: Martin North

Martin North is the Principal of Digital Finance Analytics

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