Mitihoon  –  Bangkok: SCB X Public Company Limited (SCBX) has reported a consolidated net profit of Baht 11.3 billion for the first quarter of 2024, a 2.6 % yoy increase.

For the quarter, net interest income increased by 9.7% yoy to Baht 31.8 billion resulting from an expansion in the net interest margin (NIM) and an increase in investment income. Overall loans grew by 2.1% yoy, primarily from housing loans and corporate loans under SCB Bank, as well as digital loans and auto title loans under portfolio companies.

Fee and other income declined by 7.6% yoy to Baht 10.2 billion, due to a decrease in bancassurance fees and lending-related fees.

Operating expenses increased by 8.0% yoy to Baht 18.1 billion, while the cost-to-income ratio was at 42.1%, slightly increased from the previous year’s 41.0%. This reflects our commitment to effective cost management and the ongoing effort to increase operational efficiency.

The Company set aside provisions of Baht 10.2 billion, a 2.8% yoy increase, amidst ongoing challenges posed by an uneven economic recovery and the impact of an elevated level of household debt on vulnerable retail customers. The non-performing loan (NPL) coverage ratio remained at 160.6%.

Overall asset quality is well under control. The NPL ratio was 3.5% at the end of March 2024, slightly higher than the 3.3% recorded at the end of March 2023. The capital adequacy ratio remained strong at 18.6% and the Return on Equity (ROE) stood at 9.3%.

The Company recently announced a dividend payment for the 2023 operating results of Baht 10.34 per share, representing 80% dividend payout ratio, significantly higher than in previous years. This reflects our strong financial performance and our commitment to shareholder value creation.

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