OCBC Bank 1H22 - RHB Invest 2022-08-04: Robust NIM Expansion, Benign Credit Cost


OCBC Bank 1H22 - Robust NIM Expansion, Benign Credit Cost

  • OCBC’s 1H22 results were broadly in line.
  • More positive guidance on NIM and credit costs were tempered by our expectation of weaker non-II, resulting in modest earnings upgrade. Still, we like that asset quality remains resilient, while exposure to China’s troubled real estate sector is small, with no stress detected.
  • OCBC's valuation is compelling, with P/BV of < 1.0x vs improving ROEs of 10-12%. Stay BUY and S$13.90 target price, 16% upside and ~5% yield.

OCBC's 1H22 results within expectations.

  • OCBC Bank (SGX:O39)'s 1H22 net profit of S$2.84bn (+7% y-o-y) was at 53% and 52% of our and Street FY22F earnings. Reported ROE rose to 11% (FY21: 9.6%). CET-1 stayed healthy, although lower at 14.9% (1Q22: 15.2%).
  • A cash dividend of S$0.28 was declared (1H21: S$0.25), representing a 44% payout.
  • In 2Q22, PIOP rose 13% q-o-q, boosted mainly by the 13% q-o-q jump in NII and moderate 4% q-o-q rise in opex that lowered CIR to 43.5% (1Q22: 45.6%). Bottomline growth was moderated by the 64% q-o-q increase in loan provisions, with loan credit cost at 8bps (1Q22: 6bps).

FY22 loan growth target tempered.

  • OCBC's management remains positive on FY22 outlook. Still, cognisant that headwinds from the Russia-Ukraine war, supply chain disruptions and recessionary risk have dented investor sentiment, loan growth guidance is tweaked to mid-single digit (from high-to-mid single digit). In our view, this is achievable given year-to-date-June growth of 3% or 6% annualised.

Sustained NIM in 2H22.

  • NIM expanded 26bps q-o-q in 2Q22, a positive surprise with faster transmission of rising interest rates to improved asset yields.
  • Notwithstanding the sharp increases in interest rates since mid-June, management expects NIM to stay at 2Q22 level of 1.81%. The guidance is conservative as management expects a further shift in CASA deposits to fixed deposits, while competition for fixed deposits would also push funding costs higher.

No asset quality stress.

  • Non-performing assets (NPA) fell 8% q-o-q, helped by recoveries (namely oil & gas NPLs) and an upgrade of accounts in Malaysia and Indonesia where borrowers exited relief assistance. This lowered NPL ratio to 1.3% (1Q22: 1.4%), while NPA coverage is a higher 99% (1Q22: 91%).
  • OCBC has ~S$2.0bn exposure to China’s real estate sector. With most borrowers being network clients, and exposure to uncompleted projects small, management does not see any structural concerns.
  • Credit cost guidance remains conservative (lower end of 20- 25bps) as external headwinds may mean normalised provisions, and the need for additional overlays in 2H22.

OCBC - Earnings forecast and target price.

Singapore Research RHB Securities Research | https://www.rhbgroup.com/ 2022-08-04
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