Dubai Islamic Bank announced its results for the period ending September 30, 2022.
9M 2022 Highlights:
- Substantial growth in Group Net Profit of 34% YoY to AED 4,101 million vs AED 3,069 million in same period last year. The strong growth was driven by rising core revenues and sustained lower impairments.
- Net financing and sukuk investments grew by 3.3% YTD to AED 236 billion. The bank attained nearly AED 43 billion YTD in gross new underwriting.
- Total income reached to AED 9,873 million compared to AED 8,946 million, double digit growth of 10% YoY and 11% QoQ.
- Net Operating Revenues showed a robust 7% YoY increase and 2% sequentially to reach AED 7,653 million.
- Net Operating Profit now at AED 5,612 million, a strong increase of 6% compared to AED 5,275 million in 9M 2021.
- Balance sheet remains robust at AED 275 billion, marginally lower by 1.5% YTD.
- Customer deposits now at AED 187 billion with CASA comprising 42% of the deposit base.
- Impairment charges continue to decline registering AED 1,450 million against AED 2,174 million in previous year, lower by 33% YoY, demonstrating resilience of the financing book.
- NPF ratio continues its downward momentum now at 6.5% lower by 30 bps YTD compared to 6.8% in 2021.
- Cost to income still strong at 26.7% down 10 bps from YE2021.
- Liquidity remains healthy with LCR of 123%.
- Continued healthy improvement on ROA now at 2.0% (+50bps YTD) and ROTE at 16.8% (+380bps YTD).
- Capitalization levels remain robust with CET1 at 13.9% (+150bps YTD) and CAR at 18.6% (+150bps YTD), both well above the minimum regulatory requirement. Total equity now stands at AED 43 billion.
- Business and operating conditions in the UAE continue to strengthen despite moderating global growth, driven by recovery in travel and tourism, retail business spending and the implementation of new residency reforms. The UAE financial system continues to demonstrate expansion and resilience with DIB reinforcing the sector’s recovery and growth agenda through its strong financial performance to date.
- The bank’s third quarter profitability metrics and ratios have been remarkable with 10% YoY growth in total income reaching nearly AED 10 billion and ROA 2.0% (+50 bps YTD) and RoTE 16.8% (+380 bps YTD) surpassing our full year guidance’s and exhibiting its dynamic capabilities despite the on-going subdued global economic environment.
- The Board has full confidence in UAE’s efforts in demonstrating effectiveness to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). We continue to engage with regulators on the compliance and risk agenda and optimize investments in this critical area to ensure that the bank has the most stringent controls in place to help address financial crimes and frauds as well as money laundering, which has been a top emerging international risk on the global banking sector over the past few years.
- Amidst the on-going unprecedented environment, the bank’s incredible performance to date with net profits rising by 34% YoY to reach AED 4.1 billion has been the highest ever nine months performance in the bank’s history. This feat is a true testament of our robust strategy that we have set at the beginning of the year where we aim to deliver further value to our shareholders and continue to unlock growth opportunities. This has led to our margins to further improve by 30 bps YTD.
- The strong improvements in our asset quality has been gaining momentum over the past few quarters with significantly lower impairments of 33% YoY and NPF ratio at 6.5% (-30 bps YTD). Our overall coverage ratios have been increasing depicting our strong prudent approach to risk management.
- At DIB, we have always been committed to enhancing shareholder value. This is clearly reflected in our deliberate approach to building greater efficiency within our balance sheet. Today, we are at the best cost to income ratio in the market at 26.7%. This, aligned with our outstanding liquidity management, has led to the significant upside in profitability, positively impacting both RoTE at 16.8% and ROA at 2%.
- DIB continues to demonstrate resilience with strong capital and liquidity ratios which are expected to remain robust over the upcoming period. This is despite the CBUAE withdrawal of the liquidity schemes.
- Our digital aspirations continue to accelerate with double digit YoY growth across key metrics supported by enhanced journey experiences and services as well as on-going digital marketing promotions and campaigns to our large customer base.
- As a Domestic Systemically Important Bank (DSIB), DIB has embarked on a journey to majorly upgrade its Compliance function in line with regulatory expectations. This involves number of tactical and strategic measures that are currently in different stages of implementation. Heightened governance in this area is aimed at embedding a strong compliance culture across all levels within the organization’s three lines of defense. Compliance leadership, skill set and capacity has been significantly strengthened as part of this journey.
- Our commitments to long term sustainable business practices has been relentless in line with UAE’s global sustainability aspirations and we are now moving towards the next phase of our ESG journey with more commitments and re designing our operating model to further embed ESG across the various internal functions as well as enhanced risk monitoring.
The bank’s total income rose to AED 9,873 million in 9M 2022 demonstrating a healthy YoY growth of 10% compared to AED 8,946 million in same period of last year driven by strong income from financing assets. This is clearly reflected in the Net Operating Revenue which grew by 7% YoY to reach to AED 7,653 million compared to AED 7,149 million last year.
Pre-impairment profit during 9M 2022 increased by 6% YoY reaching to AED 5,612 million compared to AED 5,275 million. Underwriting quality remains robust resulting in significantly lower impairment charges amounting to AED 1,450 million vs AED 2,174 million last year, an improvement of 33% YoY.
Operating expenses amounted to AED 2,040 million during 9M 2022 vs AED 1,874 million in 9M 2021 exhibiting a 9% YoY increase. The bank continues to focus on scaling up critical support functions in line with increasing regulatory requirements and strengthening group wide control oversight including enhanced monitoring on the bank’s subsidiaries. Following higher revenue growth, cost income ratio is still maintained at a sector leading position at 26.7%.
As a result, the bank’s Group Net Profit witnessed a significant rise of 34% YoY to reach AED 4,101 million vs AED 3,069 million in 9M 2021.
Net profit margin increased to 2.9% (+30bps YTD) with ROA and ROTE at a healthy 2% and 16.8% respectively.
Balance Sheet Trends
Net financing & Sukuk investments stood at AED 236 billion, a rise of 3% YTD from AED 228.5 billion in 2021. Sukuk investments, another key focus of the bank, grew strongly by 17% YTD to reach to AED 49 billion.
DIB witnessed YTD growth in new corporate financing origination of nearly AED 20 billion driven mainly by public and private sectors, while new bookings from consumer financing accounted for AED 13 billion, exhibiting DIB’s prowess in deploying financing assets despite the ongoing market volatilities, offset by routine repayment of AED 9 billion and AED 11 billion from Corporate and Consumer financing respectively. This new underwriting has been offset by early settlements in the corporate portfolio to the tune of AED 13 billion YTD as the segment witnessed a sharp rise in settlements during the 3rd quarter on the back of a rising rate environment and excess liquidity, primarily stemming from large corporate government and related entities.
Customer deposits stood at AED 187 billion at the end of 9M 2022 with CASA now standing at AED 77 billion sitting comfortably at 42% of deposits. The increasing competitive environment has led to deposits declining by 9% YTD, primarily driven by DIB’s deliberate policy to release high cost deposits and protect the margins. Despite this, liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) at 123% remains above regulatory requirement, depicting balance sheet efficiency.
Credit quality remained intact with non-performing financing (NPF) ratio seeing a decline of 30bps YTD to 6.5% and stable QoQ. NPF has now declined by a healthy 4% YTD to AED 13,227 million from AED 13,784 million. The main improvement came from DIB’s core NPF portfolio which improved by 3% while NMC and NOOR POCI (which constitute 17% of NPFs) both declined by a combined 10%, due to ongoing recoveries. Stage 3 coverage accordingly improved to nearly 60%, (+310 bps) from YE2021. Stage 2 loans dropped to AED 17 billion versus AED 20 billion during YE2021, a 15% drop depicting improving quality of the book. Stage 2 coverage accordingly improved to 6.9% compared to 5.6% in YE2021.
Cash coverage ratio improved to 76% (+400 bps YTD) and overall coverage including collateral at 105% (+280bps YTD) underpinning DIB’s overall prudent risk strategy. Cost of risk on gross financing assets now stands at 79 bps compared to 99 bps for the year 2021, an improvement of 20 bps YTD.
Capital ratios continue to remain strong with CAR now at 18.6% and CET 1 ratio at 13.9%, both well above the regulatory requirement.
Business Performance (Year to Date)
Consumer Banking remains solid with total new underwriting of AED 13 billion YTD driven by Personal Finance and Home Finance which had a combined new underwriting of AED 9 billion YTD. The consumer portfolio now stands at AED 53 billion marginally up from AED 51 billion in YE 2021. The business generated AED 3 billion in revenues during the nine-month period up 11% YoY from AED 2.7 billion during 9M 2021. Blended yield on consumer financing grew by 22bps YoY to reach to 5.81%.
Corporate banking portfolio now stands at AED 144 billion with government and service sectors contributing strongly to this portfolio. The business booked AED 20 billion in new underwriting year to date despite global market volatilities as UAE continues its economic rebound this year. YTD revenues grew strongly to reach to AED 2.7 billion, up 14% YoY compared to AED 2.3 billion during 9M 2021. Yield on corporate financing portfolio continues its upward trend now reaching 3.4%, an increase of 66 bps YoY.
Key Business Highlights (Year to Date)
- In line with the bank’s corporate sustainability strategy demonstrating commitment to support the UAE’s transformation into a green and sustainable economy, DIB unveiled new Green Auto Finance “EVolve”, a holistic solution aiming to contribute to a cleaner environment by providing solutions around buying Electric and Hybrid cars, encouraging customers to invest in environmentally friendly vehicles. With DIB’s EVolve, customers can avail discounted processing fees and market leading preferential profit rates for both brand new and second-hand vehicles. Among the wide range of benefits, DIB customers will also enjoy a completely paperless and hassle-free financing experience that takes no more than a day, with the entire process of application and fulfillment executed digitally. EVolve is another one of the many initiatives the bank has taken in line with the strategy to progress towards a future-proof and sustainable bank. The bank remains committed towards launching more environmentally friendly products to further solidify and preserve the environment for future generations.
- Following on the launch of our inaugural five-year customer experience strategy in early 2022, DIB Customer Service (CS) week was launched to mark the international celebration of the importance of customer service and of the people who serve and support customers on a daily basis. This was the first time DIB celebrates the CS week in line with the initiatives under the “culture and mind shift change” pillar within the Customer Experience Strategy. The objective of the initiative is to raise awareness of the value of customer service, reinforce customer satisfaction across our branches and service centers and boost morale and teamwork. The bank also picked up three awards at the Happiness Annual Awards session in September, aimed at acknowledging and rewarding employees who have a positive impact within their organizations in spreading happiness and great service to internal and external customers.
- Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) became the world’s first bank to attain ISO 21001:2018 certification, an international standard for organizations providing educational products and services capable of meeting the needs and requirements of learners and other beneficiaries. The award is a well-earned recognition that reflects the commitment and dedication of DIB’s teams of the HR- Talent Management and Learning & Development units. By becoming the first bank in the world to achieve an accredited EOMS certification, DIB has set an example for the service industry of many other countries to follow.