+ NIM and NII surge. NII grew 44% YoY to S$3.02bn due to NIM increase of 47bps YoY to 1.90% (1Q22: +3bps, 2Q22: +12bps, 3Q22: +32bps) and continued loan growth of 6% YoY. Loan growth was driven by housing and non-trade corporate loans offset by lower trade loans as maturing exposures were not replaced due to unattractive pricing. Management has maintained NIM guidance of 1.75% for FY22e and targets to reach 2% by 4Q22.
+ Other non-interest income up 32% YoY. Other non-interest income was up 32% YoY and QoQ mainly due to higher Treasury Markets non-interest income, treasury customer income and investment gains.
+ Asset quality stable; 3Q22 allowances at S$178mn. 3Q22 total allowances were higher YoY and QoQ due to higher GPs of S$153mn for the quarter (write back of S$23mn in 2Q22). Nonetheless, credit costs improved by 4bps YoY to 2bps as SPs were lower YoY and QoQ at S$25mn. GP reserves rose to S$3.9bn, with NPA reserves at 120% and unsecured NPA reserves at 216%. The NPL ratio declined to 1.2% (3Q21: 1.5%) as new NPA formation remained low and was more than offset by higher upgrades and repayments.
– Fee income fell 13% YoY. The fee income decline YoY was mainly due to weaker market sentiment affecting wealth management and investment banking which more than offset increases in card and loan-related fees. WM fees fell 30% YoY to S$323mn as market conditions further weakened during the quarter. Investment banking fees fell by 38% YoY to S$25mn alongside a slowdown in capital market activities. Nonetheless, card fees improved 24% YoY to S$223mn as borders start to reopen and spending increased, while loan-related fees increased 15% to S$122mn.
– CASA ratio declined YoY. The Current Account Savings Accounts (CASA) ratio fell 8.9% YoY to 60.3% mainly due to the high interest rate environment and a move towards fixed deposits (FD). Nonetheless, total customer deposits increased 9% YoY to S$533bn. Management said that the drop in CASA was expected and that the increase in FDs was higher than the drop in CASA, hence a net increase in deposits.