Standard Chartered earnings beat expectations as higher interest rates boost lender

Commonplace Chartered reported higher than anticipated pre-tax income as greater rates of interest and elevated buying and selling earnings boosted the lender.

The UK-based financial institution mentioned on Wednesday that it made statutory pre-tax income of $1.8bn within the first three months of the yr, beating analysts’ expectations of $1.4bn.

Its underlying pre-tax revenue of $1.7bn was its highest quarterly determine for the reason that begin of 2014, the financial institution mentioned.

The financial institution’s efficiency “has been achieved in what continues to be an unsure setting”, mentioned Commonplace Chartered chief government Invoice Winters. “We stay optimistic about our continued robust efficiency.”

The earnings comply with a tumultuous interval within the banking trade throughout which Credit score Suisse was taken over by its rival UBS and Silicon Valley Financial institution collapsed.

Winters mentioned final month that these failures had “very profound implications . . . for the best way banks handle themselves” for the reason that collapsed lenders “would seem to have been solvent”.

He burdened on Wednesday that Commonplace Chartered was “extremely liquid and strongly capitalised”. The financial institution mentioned buyer deposits had been steady regardless of what it described as “latest banking stress”.

Commonplace Chartered’s pre-tax income in Asia rose 63 per cent, whereas the financial institution’s enterprise in Europe and the Americas swung to an $18mn loss. Though the financial institution relies within the UK, it makes most of its income in Asia.

The financial institution’s underlying return on tangible fairness, a measure of profitability, rose to 11.9 per cent.

SC Ventures, the enterprise capital enterprise arrange by the financial institution in 2018, reported a $103mn loss, worse than the $77mn it misplaced in the identical interval final yr. The financial institution mentioned this was due to its “funding in transformational digital initiatives”.

Its wealth administration earnings, the place progress has been a precedence, was “broadly flat” on a relentless foreign money foundation, the lender mentioned, although it had rebounded in Hong Kong and mainland China as Covid-19 restrictions eased. Earnings from secured lending in its wealth administration enterprise almost halved as clients in the reduction of on borrowing, it mentioned.

Commonplace Chartered has been searching for to shore up assist amongst its shareholders after First Abu Dhabi Financial institution mentioned in January that it had thought-about a bid for the London-listed financial institution however was not pursuing it.

UK takeover guidelines forestall FAB from making a bid earlier than July, however a number of individuals near the lender have instructed the Monetary Occasions that it may revive a deal after that date.

The potential transfer locations strain on Winters, now in his eighth yr in cost. When the financial institution reported full-year earnings in February, Winters unveiled a $1bn share buyback and mentioned the financial institution was “very comfortable to be right here carrying out our mission all by ourselves”.

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