Bankia reported 4Q16 net profit of €73m, largely in-line with consensus of €72m. As reported by Citi Research, good operating metrics were overshadowed by worse asset quality and capital as the bank cleaned up its balance sheet as a result of the recent Bank of Spain circular. Furthermore, they point that 2017 consensus estimates may be up 1-2% but the asset quality miss could weigh on the shares in the short -term .
The banks’ non-performing loans ratio continues to show signs of recovery amid the ongoing deleveraging process on the part of households and companies. The balance of impaired loans fell by 18.3% in May to 121,865 billion euros. Against this backdrop, Banco Sabadell and Bankia were the first banks to present their first half results’ report. And the Spanish stock market reacted in a completely different way to each report.
Fernando Fernández is a member of the board at Bankia and Red Eléctrica. Apart from the challenges presented by the macroeconomic environment and the technology revolution, he believes that Spain’s banks have to establish a new kind of relationship with their clients and consolidate the sector’s new size.
Deutsche Bank is still betting on the Spanish property market and has bought €400 million in doubtful property developer loans from Bankia. The deal was carried out by the German bank’s funds, which could have paid around 150 million euros for the assets.
Bankia, the lender which had to be bailed-out in 2012 with more than 22 billion euros of taxpayers’ money, is in the news because of the money it has now returned to its minority shareholders. Not for being the Spanish bank which recorded the biggest profits last year.
Bankia’s current management team has decided to give back to minority shareholders the money they invested in the banks’s shares in July 2011 with 1% annual interest. The proposal is a sensible one because it benefits shareholders and tax payers, as well as Bankia’s image and balance sheet.
Bankia, created from the merger of seven savings banks lead by Cajamadrid and Bancaja, and its July 2011 stock market listing, have become a major headache for many people: the bank’s shareholders, the current management team, the auditor, the Bank of Spain and the stock exchange regulatory body CNMV.
Renta 4 | Spain’s big banks H2 results expected to be weaker.
Spain’s top five banks posted a combined net profit of 7.989 billion euros in the first half of 2015, up 48 percent from a year earlier, thanks to the improving economic situation and a decline in bad loans provisions.
The Corner | July 27, 2015 | Spain’s bailed-out lender Bankia saw its first-half profit rose 11.5 percent from a year ago, as it reported on Monday. Net profit rose 10.3 per cent to €311m, versus a consensus of analysts’ expectations of €277.8m. Charges against bad debts fell and offset weaker revenue from lending.