The Vietnam International Bank (VIB) has announced its pre-tax profit of nealy VNĐ2.3 trillion in the first quarter of this year (Q1), up 26 per cent year-on-year.
VIB attributed its impressive increase in Q1 pre-tax profit to its focus on high-quality retail credit portfolio with the ratio of retail loans accounting for nearly 90 per cent of the credit portfolio. In which, 95 per cent of the portfolio was collateral.
The bank’s return on equity ratio (ROE) was 30 per cent, among the highest in the banking industry in the period.
During three months, VIB saw total operating income surpass VNĐ4.1 trillion. Of the sum, net interest income reached VNĐ3.5 trillion, marking a yearly hike of 27 per cent while non-interest income hit VNĐ650 billion, contributing 16 per cent to the bank’s total operating income.
The bank’s outstanding loans topped nearly VNĐ217 trillion and its capital mobilization experienced a positive growth of 7.7 per cent to reach VNĐ302 trillion. Meanwhile, the bank also posted credit growth at 6.1 per cent in the three-month period.
Net profit margin (NIM) experienced an increase of 4.5 per cent in the reviewed period, thanks to a year-on-year decline of 40 basis points in funding costs. NIM expansion mainly came from current and saving account (CASA) growth of more than 40 per cent and loans from foreign financial institutions which increased by nearly 80 per cent over the same period last year. These sources of capital helped VIB keep its mobilizing costs at a low level despite the slight increase in interest rates in the market.
Meanwhile, cost income ratio (CIR) of the bank fell to its most efficient level ever at 35 per cent, proving its outstanding performance in cost management and increasing profitability. In addition, credit costs was managed at a low level thanks to effective risk management and control.
Strict risk control, safe and high quality portfolio
Over the past years, many policies were issued by the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) to ensure the safe, effective, healthy and transparent operation of local financial market. One of them were Circular No 16/2021/TT-NHNN which stipulates the purchase and sale of corporate bonds by credit institutions.
As of March 31, the outstanding balance of corporate bonds of VIB stood at over VNĐ2.61 trillion or equivalent to 1.2 per cent of the total credit portfolio – a very low figure in the banking industry.
Bonds invested by VIB were mostly issued by enterprises which saw good business results, ensured quality assets and strictly controlled risks. They also had a clear, safe and transparent capital use purpose.
As a pioneer in complying leading international standards on risk management, VIB has retained its position in the market as a sustainable development bank with a leading risk management foundation. Indicators of capital adequacy, bad debt ratio and liquidity strictly managed by the bank were among the best in the industry.
Recently on April 19, VIB received an approval from the SBV to increase charter capital by over VNĐ5.54 trillion by issuing bonus shares at 35 per cent to existing shareholders and equity shares at 0.7 per cent to employees. After the latest capital increase, VIB’s charter capital stood at over VNĐ21 trillion, enabling the bank to expand its business based on a strong capital foundation.
Targeting to new customers, expanding the ecosystem of products and services
VIB is striving to 10 million customers by 2026 with a focus on developing a customer ecosystem on a variety of smart financial platforms.
In the first quarter, VIB announced the expansion of the card opening ecosystem in the Bizverse World virtual environment, bringing new experience of opening virtual credit cards to Vietnamese users.
With this move, VIB became one of the first banks in Vietnam to offer customers a variety of card opening channels from those in real space and in the virtual world, at branches as well as ones in leading e-commerce platforms in Vietnam and the region.
With the strategy of developing an unlimited card opening ecosystem, VIB is expected to provide the market with 2.5 million credit cards in the next five years, thus contributing to stronger cashless payment activities in the country.
Besides, with the “one-stop-bank” model, VIB will continue to accelerate appliance of advanced technology to the account opening and transaction processes. That will help customers save time and have interesting service experiences.
The stronger technological appliance is also expected to optimize benefits for the bank’s customers and increase its CASA ratio to over 40 per cent by 2026.
VIB’s 10-year transformation journey which runs until 2026 has experienced many initial achievements while receiving positive recognition from major domestic and foreign financial institutions with awards such as Top 10 prestigious and effective public company, Top 50 most effective companies in Vietnam and the bank with the fastest growth in trade finance activities in East Asia-Pacific region.
Recently, Credit Suisse has named VIB as one of promising banks thanks to its strong growth and leading performance in the region.
Between now and 2026, VIB will continue to focus on medium and long-term development in the field of digital banking and products with high technology content with the goal of becoming a leading retail bank in terms of scale and quality in Vietnam.