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VPBank posts US$173.2 million pre-tax profit in Q1

VPBank recorded pre-tax profit of more than VNĐ4 trillion (US$173.2 million) in the first quarter of the year, an increase of 38 per cent over the same period last year.

According to its recent financial statements, VPBank saw positive changes in risk management and asset quality, optimising cost of capital and good growth in the proportion of CASA (Current Account and Savings Account) deposits. In addition, the fee income increased the growth driver for profit and the safety indicators were strengthened.

By the end of March 31, 2021, VPBank’s total assets were VNĐ436.2 trillion, up 4.1 per cent from the end of 2020. Of which, loan balance was VNĐ301.1 trillion, posting a 3.6 per cent year-on-year increase. Consolidated non-performing loans (NPLs) on outstanding loans are at 3.46 per cent.

In terms of capital, equity of the bank by the end of March 31 reached VNĐ55.9 trillion, up 6.1 per cent from the same period last year. Deposits from customers reached VNĐ232.4 trillion, down 0.4 per cent while deposits and loans from financial institutions and other credit institutions sharply increased by 25 per cent in the three-month period.

With this result, VPBank’s efficiency ratios continued to be enhanced and ranked at the top of the market, with return on asset (ROA) and return on equity (ROE) reaching 3 per cent and 23.5 per cent, respectively.

In the first quarter of 2021, fee income continued to make a major contribution to the bank’s revenue with consolidated growth of 42 per cent. The main growth driver in the period came from the promotion of credit card issuance, insurance services and payment activities.

To achieve high profit growth, VPBank has saved surprising operating costs. In the first quarter of 2021, the bank only recorded VNĐ2.5 trillion in operating expenses, down 21 per cent year-on-year. The cost to income ratio (CIR) accordingly dropped to 23.5 per cent from 33 per cent in the same period last year, most likely the bank with the lowest CIR in the system in the first quarter of the year.

The digitalisation and customer experience improvement have continued to be promoted by VPBank and yielded very positive results. VPBank reached 9 million transactions a month in March 2021, 2.25 times more than the same period in 2020 in terms of the number of transactions. The value of online transactions reached VNĐ128 trillion in March, 2.2 times higher than the same period of 2020.

In addition to the value of enhancing customer experience, increasing utilities and benefits in using products and services, the digital transformation also helps the bank optimise the process system and operations, streamlining human resources and improving labour productivity. — VNS