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DBS, OCBC & UOB Rallied 6%, Leading Last Week’s STI Gains


08 April 2019

  • Last week DBS, OCBC & UOB led the STI’s 3.4% gain, with the 3 banks averaging a 6.1% gain. This has brought the average 2019 YTD total return of the 3 banks to 8.6%, and their 5 year average annualised total return to 10.3%.

  • For FY18, DBS, OCBC & UOB averaged 19% YoY net profit growth. Combined, the 3 banks reported total income (pre allowances, expenses & taxes) of S$32.0 billion for FY18, up 6.6% from S$30.0 billion in FY17. 

  • Shareholders have been rewarded with the 3 banks maintaining an average dividend yield of 4.0% for the past 6 months, which represents the longest period of time in their recent history that their yields remained at or above the key 4.0% level.

Singapore’s 3 listed local banks, with a combined market capitalisation of S$163 billion consist of DBS Group Holding ("DBS"), Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation ("OCBC") and United Overseas Bank ("UOB").

Last week, the Straits Times Index (“STI”) gained 110 points or 3.4%, to end the week at 3322, with the 3 banks rallying 6.1%, as DBS gained 6.9%, OCBC gained 6.0% and UOB gained 5.3%.

DBS, OCBC & UOB: Average Returns

The 3 banks are expected to report their 1QFY19 results in early May, with UOB confirming it will release its earnings before trading on Friday 3 May.  In FY18, DBS, OCBC and UOB averaged 19% net profit growth from FY17 (following on from 11% net profit growth in FY17 from FY16).

Combined, the 3 banks reported total income (pre allowances, expenses & taxes) of S$32.0 billion for FY18, up 6.6% from S$30.0 billion in FY17:

  • DBS reported total income of S$13.2 billion, up 11% from S$11.9 billion in FY17;
  • OCBC reported total income of S$9.7 billion, up from S$9.5 billion in FY17; and
  • UOB reported total income of S$9.1 billion, up 6% from S$8.6 billion in FY17.

Average FY18 NIM Increased 7 bps from FY17  

The average Net Interest Margin (“NIM”) for the 3 banks in FY18 was up 7 basis points (“bps”) from 1.72% in FY17 to 1.79% in FY18. The FY16 NIM averaged 1.73% for the 3 banks. NIM represents annualised net interest income as a percentage of total interest bearing assets.

DBS OCBC UOB Net Interest Income

Combined, the quarterly net interest income for the 3 banks has gradually grown in recent years and has been consistently above S$4.0 billion for each quarter since the end of 2014. Moreover, combined quarterly net interest income was above S$5.0 billion for each quarter in FY18. This has coincided with gradual increases of local interest rates as represented by the 1-month Swap Offer Rate (“SOR”) and 3-month Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (“SIBOR“).

Banks Maintain 4% Yield for Past 6 Months

As of the end of March, the average indicative dividend yield of the 3 banks stood at 4.2%, which has since retraced to 4.0% with the strong gains of the banks in the April month-to-date.  At the end of March, the average yield of DBS, OCBC and UOB had ended each of the preceding six months above 4.0%. This was the lengthiest time in their recent trading history that the average dividend yield for the 3 banks had consistently held above 4.0% at month end.

The average indicative dividend yield of the 3 banks at month-end dating back to major market lows in mid-2009 are illustrated below.

Average Indicative Dividend Yield

Stock SGX
Market Cap
S$ Billion
Total Return
5 Year
Total Return
DBS Group Hldgs D05 69.0 13.9 14.6 4.5
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp O39 49.7 4.0 8.2 3.7
United Overseas Bank U11 44.2 7.9 8.2 3.8
Average 8.6 10.3 4.0

Source: SGX StockFacts & Bloomberg (Data as of 5 April 2019)

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