Kiwibank’s annual profit has bounced back after last year’s was smashed by the impairment of its written-off core banking upgrade CoreMod.
The state owned bank’s June year net profit after tax more than doubled to $115 million from just $53 million the previous year. However, this year’s profit is still below 2016’s, which came in at $124 million.
Kiwibank’s total operating income rose $99 million, or 20%, to $539 million, and its operating expenses climbed $34 million, or 10%, to $373 million.
Net interest income gained $43 million, or 12%, to $411 million, and gross fees and other income rose $10 million, or 5%, to $211 million. The bank’s loan impairment losses came in at $1 million versus write backs of $6 million last year. The June year included an $11 million pre-tax CoreMod impairment on top of the previous year’s $90 million.
Lending increased 2.7% to $18.304 billion, and customer deposits – which contribute 87% of total funding – rose 1.2% to $16.173 billion.
Meanwhile, Stuff is reporting that disharmony between Kiwibank’s shareholders is bubbling into the public eye with The Guardians of NZ Super and ACC filing a notice of claim with NZ Post alleging NZ Post breached its obligations by failing to make available information that would have disclosed risks with the CoreMod project.
NZ Post sold a combined 47% stake in Kiwibank to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Accident Compensation Fund in 2016.
Here’s Kiwibank’s press release and here’s a results presentation.
More to come.