DBS Earnings Highlights - CGS-CIMB Research 2021-08-05: Single-Digit Credit Cost

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DBS Earnings Highlights - Single-Digit Credit Cost

  • DBS’s guidance that FY21 credit cost will be capped at S$0.5bn and the interim dividend of S$0.33 should keep share price positive in the near term.
  • DBS's 2Q21 earnings were a beat, thanks to lower credit costs and opex. Total income & PPOP were in line. Fee income normalised from a 1Q21 high base. GP writeback of S$85m (1Q21: S$190m) resulted in total impairments of only S$79m (or 8bp) in 2Q21, similar to 1Q21, which saw credit cost of 1bp.



DBS's 2Q21 net profit beat estimates on the back of S$85m GP writebacks

  • DBS (SGX:D05)’s 2Q21 net profit of S$1.7bn (-15% q-o-q, +37% y-o-y) was 6%/18% above our/consensus estimates of S$1.6bn/S$1.5bn.
  • The beat was primarily due to a S$85m writeback of general provisions (GP), resulting in total impairments of only S$79m (- 8bp) in 2Q21. 1H21 net profit formed 57%/58% of our/consensus full-year forecasts.
  • DBS declared interim dividend of S$0.33 per share for 2Q21 (no scrip). We project DBS to declare S$1.08 dividend for the full year of FY21F.


Fee income normalised, albeit still resilient; NIM lower

  • DBS's NIM drifted 4bp lower to 1.45% in 2Q21 (1Q21: 1.49%) as the tail-end of repricing filtered CTI was slightly higher at 43% in 2Q21 (1Q21: 41%).
  • DBS recorded total allowances of S$79m in 2Q21, translating into 8bp credit costs (1Q21: S$10m or 1bp). This was largely due to writeback of general provisions of S$85m. Loan SPs alone were 14bp (S$164m), much lower than 1Q21’s 21bp.


Revision of management guidance; credit cost capped at S$0.5bn

  • DBS upgraded its full-year loan growth guidance to high single-digit (previously mid-to-high single-digit). The bank forecasts full-year fee income growth to be in the mid-teens (previously double-digits).
  • Management also not likely to exceed S$0.5bn (previously S$1bn).


Valuation and recommendation






Andrea CHOONG CGS-CIMB Research | LIM Siew Khee CGS-CIMB Research | https://www.cgs-cimb.com 2021-08-05
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