LANDBANK records 16% hike in assets to P2.362T

February 14, 2021

Deposits breached the P2-trillion mark which allowed state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) to record a 16.1% increase in total assets of P2.362 trillion in 2020 from its 2019 level of P2.033 trillion.

LANDBANK said deposits expanded to P2.093 trillion, 17.4% higher from P1.783 trillion in 2019. This also fueled a significant 41.4% growth in investments from P694.9 billion to P982.5 billion.

“LANDBANK posted marked growth in assets and deposits in 2020—a record achievement given the widespread economic impact of the health crisis. We will build on these gains and continue along this path to better serve our priority sectors, especially small farmers and fishers, micro, small and medium enterprises and other key development players,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.

Reduced economic activities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, caused a 7% drop in net income to P17.1 billion from P18.5 billion in 2019. Meanwhile, year-end capital increased by 13% to P168.3 billion from P149.0 billion in 2019.

The Bank’s financial ratios also remained strong despite the challenges set by the pandemic. LANDBANK posted a return on equity of 10.80%, which is well above the latest industry average. Return on assets stood at 0.78% and net interest margin at 3.16%. Common Equity Tier 1 ratio continued its steady growth year-on-year from 12.74% to 15.17%.

With the Bank’s increased focus on supporting the country’s agriculture sector, LANDBANK’s total loan portfolio to farming and fishing industries expanded from P236.31 billion in 2019 to P237.62 billion in 2020. Of this amount, P43.98 billion benefitted small farmers and fishers, cooperatives and farmers’ associations, rural financial institutions, and other conduits.

LANDBANK has also assisted cumulatively 2.67 million farmers and fishers nationwide as of end-2020, or a 133.5-percent accomplishment rate over the full-year target of two (2) million. Of this total, 718,875 small farmers were assisted through the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) and Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) Programs jointly implemented with the Department of Agriculture (DA).

In line with the Bank’s sustained drive for financial inclusion, LANDBANK is present in all 81 provinces of the country through 411 branches, 66 branch-lite units, and 55 lending centers.

LANDBANK continues to respond to the growing demand for safe, accessible and convenient digital banking solutions under the new normal. The Bank reported that transactions facilitated through its six major electronic channels—the LANDBANK Mobile Banking App, Link.Biz Portal, weAccess, iAccess, Electronic Modified Disbursement System (eMDS), and Remittance System—collectively recorded a 21% increase in volume and a 36% growth in value in 2020.

The Bank recently announced that the waiver on inter-bank fund transfer fees will remain until March 31, 2021. First implemented at the height of community lockdowns and previously extended until December 2020, the waiver covers retail clients who transfer funds through LANDBANK’s online banking channels via InstaPay and PESONet.

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LANDBANK retail dollar bond sales top US$205-M

  The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) contributed US$205.27 million or close to 13% of the US$1.593 billion generated from the maiden Retail Dollar Bond (RDB) offering of the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). The proceeds will fund infrastructure projects and boost health services to fast-track the country’s ongoing economic resurgence, after suffering from debilitating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. From 15 September to 1 October 2021, the state-run Bank sold the RDB offer through various investment channels, which allowed Filipino retail investors worldwide to participate in the said offering safely and conveniently. Of LANDBANK’s total RDB sales, US$95 million was raised during the rate-setting auction at the launch event held on September 15. The remaining US$109.94 million and US$329,700 were facilitated via over-the-counter placements at LANDBANK branches and online channels, respectively. About US$203,500 of LANDBANK’s RDB sales online was facilitated through the mobile banking application (MBA) of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank)—the official digital bank of the Philippine government and a subsidiary of LANDBANK. Likewise, US$107,800 was transacted using the LANDBANK MBA, while the remaining US$18,400 was processed through the BTr’s Online Ordering Facility via LANDBANK’s Link.BizPortal. “A significant draw to the RDB offering was the availability of various investment channels that provided greater convenience and accessibility to retail investors worldwide. The wide participation in this offering also demonstrates the increasing appreciation for the government’s affordable and higher-yielding investment instruments that spur economic recovery and development,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. The RDBs are United States (US) dollar-denominated bonds offered at a minimum investment of US$300 and increments of US$100 thereafter, with annual interest rates of 1.375% and 2.25% for the five- and 10-year bonds, respectively. Interest payments will be paid quarterly during the term of the bond. LANDBANK is Joint Lead Issue Manager for the RDB issuance, as part of its continued support to advance greater financial inclusion and raise state resources for timely and responsive recovery and development initiatives.


LANDBANK’s P50-M loan ‘links’ La Union town to a promising future

  ARINGAY, La Union – The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) has approved a P50-million term loan of the Municipal Government of Aringay for the construction of a three-span bridge which is expected to boost growth and progress for the town’s underdeveloped areas. The new bridge will be built between Barangay San Juan East and Barangay San Juan West to connect seven isolated barangays of Aringay to the town proper, thereby making the transport of agricultural goods and access to essential services safer, easier, and more efficient. Upon completion of the bridge, farmers from the seven barangays can conveniently transport their harvests directly to Aringay’s public market instead of bringing these to Baguio City in Benguet. They will also no longer need to cross a river using a raft or pass through other perilous routes during heavy rains that often add to costs. The more than 14,800 residents from the seven barangays can also safely reach the town proper to access essential services, such as medical assistance, without the risk that comes with crossing the river. The P50-million term loan of the Municipal Government of Aringay was approved under the LANDBANK RISE UP LGUs (Restoration and Invigoration Package for a Self-sufficient Economy towards UPgrowth for LGUs) Lending Program, designed to support local government units (LGUs) in the implementation of their respective economic recovery plans. “LANDBANK is fully committed to servicing the infrastructure requirements of our LGU partners to fast-track the recovery of local communities. These projects are crucial to spur economic activities towards inclusive and sustainable development,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo. As of 31 August 2021, LANDBANK has approved loans for 322 LGUs under the RISE UP LGUs Program totaling P88.42 billion.  “Napakalaking tulong ang maibibigay ng tulay para sa pagpapaunlad ng produktong agrikultura at sa ikabubuti ng mga residente ng Aringay. Tatlumpung taong hinanapan ng pondo ang proyektong ito para ito’y maisakatuparan. Nagpapasalamat kami sa programa ng LANDBANK at sa kanilang matiyagang paggabay at pagsubaybay dahil nabigyan kami ng pagkakataong matupad ang adhikaing matagal naming minimithi,” said Aringay Mayor Eric O. Sibuma. LANDBANK is one with LGUs nationwide in implementing various development projects and in serving the nation as it threads the path to recovery and resiliency amid the ongoing pandemic.