CBA plots next move as ability to reprice fades

Original article by James Frost, James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 19 : 10-Aug-17

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has increased its full-year dividend to $A4.29 per share after posting a 2016-17 cash profit of $A9.88bn. The result was 4.6 per cent higher than previously and slightly exceeded market expectations. Earnings per share grew by 3.6 per cent to $A5.74 and CBA’s net interest margin fell three basis points to 2.11 per cent. CBA has also advised that its common equity tier one capital ratio is now 10.1 per cent, and the bank expects to achieve the revised target of 10.5 per cent well before the start of 2020.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, PM CAPITAL LIMITED, PERENNIAL VALUE MANAGEMENT LIMITED, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

NAB CFO hails APRA decision

Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 : 24-Jul-17

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has set a new capital target for the banking sector, with the four main banks expected to have a common equity tier-one capital ratio of 10.5 per cent or more by 1 January 2020. Gary Lennon, the National Australia Bank’s chief financial officer, says it is well placed to reach the target, as it had a CETI ratio of 10.1 per cent at the end of March 2017. Lennon is supportive of APRA’s target, saying it will help to boost investor confidence in the banking sector.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Bankers ‘all smiles’ as capital angst ends

Original article by Andrew White
The Australian – Page: 22 : 21-Jul-17

Macquarie Wealth Management says the nation’s four major banks should have no difficulty meeting the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s revised capital targets, given that their capital increased by between 30 and 50 basis points during the first half of 2016-17. The new minimum requirements for common equity tier-one capital were less onerous than had been forecast, which prompted renewed investor support for bank stocks on 20 July.

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MACQUARIE WEALTH MANAGEMENT, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Banks dodge a capital bullet

Original article by Andrew White
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 20-Jul-17

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority will require the nation’s four major banks to have minimum common equity tier-one capital ratios of 10.5 per cent from 2020. The new capital requirements are part of APRA’s strategy for ensuring that local banks are "unquestionably strong". Investors responded positively to the revised capital rules, which were less stringent than had been anticipated, with shares in local banks rallying on 19 July. The capital ratios of most of the major banks are already close to APRA’s proposed new minimum.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, YARRA CAPITAL PARTNERS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, SHANGHAI RURAL COMMERCIAL BANK

Investors twitchy ahead of new capital rules

Original article by James Eyers, James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 19-Jul-17

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority is poised to unveil its revised capital rules for the banking sector on 19 July. There has been speculation that APRA will require banks to increase their equity capital. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley forecasts that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia will report a common equity tier 1 capital ratio of about 9.9 per cent for fiscal 2017. Richard Wiles of Morgan Stanley says APRA’s new capital requirements constitute the biggest source of risk for CBA in the near-term.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, MORGAN STANLEY AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Westpac’s Maxsted talks down need for capital

Original article by Michael Bennet
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 11-Apr-17

Westpac chairman Lindsay Maxsted is confident that recent measures aimed at curbing investor-only home loans will be sufficient and additional intervention by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority will not be necessary. Maxsted also believes that the nation’s banks will not need to undertake further equity raisings in order to comply with new capital requirements. He adds that Westpac has prudent lending practices and will not approve loan applications for customers who may be at risk of default.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE INCORPORATED, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP

Citi expects bank dividends to be ‘significantly lower’

Original article by James Chessell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 8-Mar-16

Citi Global Markets’ Sebastien Bland has warned that hedge funds and long-only fund managers in the UK and Europe are not convinced that Australian banks’ dividend payouts are sustainable given their current capital levels. He says hedge funds believe that the banks will need to reduce their dividend payout ratios, but he adds that long-only funds expect the banks to maintain dividends via measures such as dividend reinvestment plans.

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CITI GLOBAL MARKETS, CITIGROUP INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, VARIANT PERCEPTION

CBA holds dividend as urgency fades

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 20 : 11-Feb-16

Commonwealth Bank shareholders will receive a 2015-16 interim dividend of $A1.98 per share, which equates to a payout ratio of around 70 per cent. The banking major has indicated that its full-year dividend payout will be 70-80 per cent of profits. Meanwhile, CEO Ian Narev says the bank is "very happy" with its current level of capital, and he expects the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to let banks increase their capital levels gradually. The Commonwealth Bank’s common equity tier 1 capital level is now 10.2 per cent, while APRA requires a minimum of eight per cent.

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, NORDEA BANK AB, UBS AG

Bank ‘power’ to protect $30b profits

Original article by Shaun Drummond, Patrick Commins, Clancy Yeates, Joyce Moullakis
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 8 : 26-Oct-15

Some fund managers believe that Australian bank customers rather than shareholders are likely to bear the brunt of complying with new capital requirements. Australian Prudential Regulation Authority chairman Wayne Byres recently suggested that shareholders should expect a slightly lower return as a result of the new requirements. However, all four major banks have now lifted their variable mortgage loan interest rates. Meanwhile, the major banks are poised to post a combined profit in excess of $A30bn for 2014-15.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, AURORA FUNDS MANAGEMENT LIMITED, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, BELL POTTER SECURITIES LIMITED, WATERMARK FUNDS MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, CONTANGO ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED, ARGO INVESTMENTS LIMITED – ASX ARG, CLYDESDALE BANK PLC, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, MARTIN CURRIE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED

ANZ eyes Esanda sale to raise $1.5b

Original article by Clancy Yeates, James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 22-Jul-15

The ANZ Bank aims to offload its Esanda personal finance business by mid-2016, while the banking major has also flagged the sale of some Asian assets. The sale of Esanda is likely to be worth about $A1.5bn, which will significantly boost ANZ’s capital ratio ahead of the introduction of new capital requirements in July 2016. It is estimated that ANZ will need to lift its capital by around $A2.3bn in total.

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, ESANDA FINANCE CORPORATION LIMITED, PT PANIN BANK, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA GROUP HOLDINGS PTY LTD, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS. BASEL COMMITTEE ON BANKING SUPERVISION, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC