LANDBANK posts 52% increase in Q1 net income

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Land Bank of the Philippines reported a net income of P4.26 billion for the first quarter of 2018, 52% higher than the P2.81 billion registered in the same period last year. This is also 13% higher than the Bank’s first quarter target of P3.78 billion.

This increase was brought about by a 47% surge in the Bank's gross revenues which rose to P17.4 billion from P11.8 billion recorded during the same period last year. A big chunk of the increase in the Bank’s net income is attributed to higher interest income on loans which grew by 25%, on account of the Bank’s total loan portfolio which expanded to P694.71 billion or 31% higher than the year-ago level of P529.16 billion.

The Bank’s return on equity and net interest margin at 15.74% and 3.33%, also remain above the latest industry averages.

“This quarter’s performance assures us that we are gaining the momentum to meet our targets this year. The 31% growth in our loan portfolio is also a strong indicator of our fervent drive to reach more agribusiness borrowers, especially in the countryside. The Bank’s solid financial performance is our source of financial muscle to attain our bigger mission of promoting inclusive growth,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Alex Buenaventura.

Meanwhile, the Bank’s total assets grew by 19% to P1.63 trillion from P1.38 trillion in the same period last year. Total deposits likewise expanded significantly by 19% to P1.44 trillion from P1.22 trillion. Total capital stood at P108.37 billion, up by 22% from P88.63 billion as of end-March 2017.

The Bank also remains aggressive in strengthening its lending programs and tailoring new programs to the needs of its clients, especially its priority sectors. LANDBANK remains the biggest lender to the agricultural sector, especially small farmers and fishers as well as microenterprises and SMEs.