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Banking sector shows resilience, grows by 14% in 1HCY23: SBP Performance Review

Banking sector shows resilience
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September 18, 2023 (MLN): The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Monday issued the Mid-Year Performance Review of the Banking Sector for 2023 as per which banking sector’s balance sheet expanded by 14% during the first half of 2023 (1HCY23) despite challenging macroeconomic environment.

The review covers the performance and soundness of Pakistan’s banking sector for the period January to June 2023 (H1CY23).

It also briefly covers the performance of financial markets as well as the results of Systemic Risk Survey (which represents views of independent experts about key potential risks to financial stability).

Domestic financial conditions tightened while the operating environment remained under stress due to elevated inflation and prolonged uncertainty.

The expansion in asset base was mainly driven by investments in government securities. Besides strong inflow of deposits, banks’ reliance on borrowings remained noticeable during the period.

The Review also notes that advances of banking sector recorded a muted growth during 1HCY23; private sector advances contracted while public sector availed additional financing mainly for commodity finance operations.

Encouragingly, asset quality indicators improved: net non-performing loans (NPLs) to loans ratio lowered to 0.45% at end June-23 (0.68% in Jun-22) as banks set aside higher amount of provisioning from steady earnings. 

Profitability indicators witnessed noticeable improvement as return on assets (ROA) improved to 1.5% in H1CY23 (1% for CY22).

The higher earnings in turn also helped to improve Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of the banking sector to 17.8% by end June-2023 (17% at end Dec-2022).

With further improvement in solvency indicators, the ability of the banking sector to withstand a set of severe hypothetical shocks further improved as indicated by latest stress testing results.

Finally, the Review also covers the results of 12th wave of SRS (July-23), which suggest that the key potential risks faced by the financial system include foreign exchange risk, increasing domestic inflation and political uncertainty.

The respondents, however, expressed confidence in the stability of the financial system and ability of the regulators.

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Posted on: 2023-09-18T20:55:24+05:00