Malaysia’s CIMB lowers 2016 loan growth target, Q2 profit up 36%

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s second biggest bank CIMB Group Holdings Bhd said it will not be able to meet its 2016 targets for loan growth and return on equity as it expects a challenging macroeconomic environment in Southeast Asia for the second half.

The company lowered its loan growth target for the year to 6-7% for 2016 from the initial target of 10 percent.

A security guard stands outside a CIMB bank branch in Shah Alam July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said

A security guard stands outside a CIMB bank branch in Shah Alam July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said

“We expect moderate pick up in loan growth in the second half but it’s still a very challenging environment,” group CFO Shahnaz Jammal told a results briefing on Monday.

CIMB has expanded in Southeast Asia in the past decade but the region has suffered slowing economic growth and depreciating currencies this year.

In an earlier statement, CIMB said the performance of its Singapore and Malaysia operations are expected to be subdued.

CIMB’s net profit rose 36% to 872.8 million ringgit ($216.31 million) for the quarter ended June from 639.8 million ringgit in the same period a year ago. Two analysts had an average profit forecast of 695 million ringgit for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Net interest income for the quarter rose about 4% to 2.35 billion ringgit, it said in a statement.

Last week, Malaysia’s biggest lender Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) said it is keeping a close watch on loans made to the oil and gas sector, after posting a 27% drop in quarterly net profit as allowances for loan impairment losses tripled.

($1 = 4.0350 ringgit)

(Reporting by Liz Lee and A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)



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