CBA full-year results: Loan deferrals falling, cash deposits rising

author-avatar By on August 12, 2020
CBA full-year results: Loan deferrals falling, cash deposits rising

Image source: Commonwealth Bank 

Commonwealth Bank is the first of the big banks to release its full-year results for 2020, in an announcement chock full of COVID-19 references.

Commonwealth Bank (CBA) reported a 12% increase to its full-year net profit to $9.6 billion, but underlying cash earnings were down 11% to $7.3 billion due to the effects of coronavirus. 

The bank's results were bolstered by the operating strengths of both retail and business banking, as well as strong growth in both lending and deposits. 

"The last financial year underlined the Bank’s core strengths particularly at a time of unprecedented constraints brought on by the pandemic, low interest rates, low credit growth, and the consequential impacts on the economy and the country as a whole," CBA CEO Matt Comyn said. 

“The strength of our core banking businesses, combined with strong operational performance, has delivered good outcomes for our customers and shareholders –despite the challenges presented by lower interest rates and COVID-19."

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How did Commbank respond to COVID-19?

COVID-19 featured heavily in Commbank's full-year results, with Mr Comyn saying Commbank took an additional credit provision of $1.5 billion for the potential impacts of COVID-19 on lending portfolios. 

“This took into account the stress to the economy introduced by COVID-19 and the mitigating impacts of government and industry assistance packages and support, such as loan repayment deferral arrangements.”

According to CBA's results, it took one million calls and online requests for help during the financial year, as well as 250 million personalised support messages, which spiked once COVID-19 struck. 

There were almost 700,000 Benefits Finder claims since launch, and Commbank's COVID-19 support page attracted a massive 5.5 million visits. 

Large (but falling) numbers of repayment deferrals 

Commonwealth Bank granted over 250,000 loan deferrals to customers among its home, personal and business lending. 

The majority of these were in home loans, with 135,000 home loans worth $48 billion deferred as of 31 July 2020. 

However, this is a decline from 145,000 at 30 June and 154,000 at their peak when deferrals were first announced, and account for 8% of CBA's total mortgage book. 

The decline in mortgage deferrals appears to be in line with the Australian Banking Association's (ABA) announcement that people should start resuming their mortgage repayments if they can afford to do so. 

A deeper analysis of CBA's home loan deferrals shows that now, 25% of customers with deferrals are making some repayments, and just 12% of deferred loans are among those in "higher risk" occupations such as retail, food, hospitality and airlines, which should ease some concerns over any upcoming repayment cliff in the coming months. 

Most of the deferred loans are among borrowers in medium-risk occupations, with 19% among those working low-risk jobs. 

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Source: CBA

Owner-occupied loans accounted for 72% of deferred home loans, with investment loans making up the remaining 28%. 

Principal and interest (P&I) loans meanwhile were 84% of deferred loans while interest-only (IO) loans accounted for 16%.

Interestingly, transactional data revealed that 14% of deferred home loans had at least one borrower that was receiving JobSeeker payments. More than half of these (58%), or roughly 7% of all deferred loans, were joint accounts with only one borrower on JobSeeker. 

CBA did not report on JobKeeper numbers relating to deferred home loans, although approximately 30% of business loan deferrals were made by those receiving JobKeeper. 

"During COVID-19, we have been supporting our customers through the financial and business impacts of the health crisis," CBA said in its report. 

"We are now contacting all customers with deferred loans to talk with them about their options, including returning to full or part payment or converting their loans to interest only. 

"Our focus will continue to be on supporting our customers through difficult times."

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Source: CBA

CBA customers flock to deposits  during COVID-19

In what might be an indication of the wider market given Commbank's size, CBA reported a sizeable increase in household deposits and transactions during COVID-19. 

Household deposit balances grew 9.8% year-on-year, and spot transaction account balances were up 25%, with this growth deemed to be "above-market growth". 

On 30 June 2020 Commbank had $279 billion in household deposits, compared to $264 billion in February 2020, the month before COVID-19 arrived on our shores. 

This is despite term deposit and savings account interest rates remaining extremely low. 

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Source: CBA

Economic outlook still uncertain 

Matt Comyn said Commbank is "very well positioned" for a range of different economic scenarios going forward, but admitted things don't look too good. 

"Overall, Australia and New Zealand though are very well positioned, particularly so on a global basis. That said, we have seen a sharp economic contraction during the course of the year as a result of the pandemic," he said. 

"Not quite as bad as we’d first feared, but certainly the pace of recovery does look like it will be longer.

"Overall, we’re expecting GDP to fall by about 4% over this calendar year, but to bounce back by about 2% next year.

"Unemployment is likely to peak towards the end of this calendar year at close to 10%, which is clearly a significant economic impact overall."


Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2020. They are (in descending order): Great Southern Bank, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.
  • If you click on a product link and you are referred to a Product or Service Provider’s web page, it is highly likely that a commercial relationship exists between that Product or Service Provider and Savings.com.au

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au, Performance Drive and Loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*Comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. Please note the comparison rate only applies to the examples given. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees and costs savings, such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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William Jolly joined Savings.com.au as a Financial Journalist in 2018, after spending two years at financial research firm Canstar. In William's articles, you're likely to find complex financial topics and products broken down into everyday language. He is deeply passionate about improving the financial literacy of Australians and providing them with resources on how to save money in their everyday lives.

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