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Sampath Bank posts Rs 7.7 Bn PAT in 1H 2022

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During the first half of 2023, Sampath Bank reported robust financial performance, with a profit before tax (PBT) of Rs 13.2 Bn and a profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 7.7 Bn, representing growth of 46.6% and 8.1% respectively compared to 1H 2022.

Key financial highlights for 1H 2023 compared to the same period in 2022 included a growth in Net Interest Income (NII) supported by higher AWPLR and a 13.6% increase in net fee and commission income driven by trade-related operations. The Group’s PBT and PAT for 1H 2023 were Rs 13.4 Bn and Rs 7.6 Bn respectively, reflecting growth of 39.3% and 3.6% respectively. A decline of exchange income was seen due to LKR appreciation against USD and a significant 74.4% decline in impairment provision on loans and investments were also observed. Operating expenses increased by 19.1%. A 104% increase in total tax expenses due to the upward revision in income tax rate and the introduction of SSCL.

Furthermore, the Bank has continued its strong contribution to public financing, with an effective tax rate exceeding 56% for the period ending June 2023. These contributions, which include Income Tax, VAT on Financial Services, Social Security Contribution Levy, Crop Insurance Levy, and other indirect taxes, underscore the Bank’s role as a significant participant in Sri Lanka’s economic landscape.

Sampath Bank’s dedication extends beyond financial matters, as demonstrated by its impactful Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Sampath Bank’s capital adequacy ratios continued to improve, with CET 1, Tier 1, and total capital ratios standing at 13.89%, 13.89%, and 17.36% respectively as of June 30, 2023. This improvement is attributed to several factors, including a Tier 2 capital infusion, profit generation in 2023, and a decline in risk-weighted assets due to LKR appreciation.

Sampath Bank’s total assets increased by Rs 97 Bn (an annualized growth of 14.6%) from Rs 1.3 Tn as of December 31, 2022, to Rs 1.4 Tn as of June 30, 2023. Despite the LKR’s appreciation against the USD, the Bank’s total deposit book grew from Rs 1.1 Tn to Rs 1.14 Tn during the same period, demonstrating strong customer confidence. Looking ahead, Sampath Bank remains committed to navigating challenges, contributing to the economy, supporting its customers, and positively impacting society through its sustainable initiatives.

In recognition of its exceptional performance, Sampath Bank was honored with the esteemed title of “Best Bank in Sri Lanka for 2023” at the Euromoney Awards ceremony held in Hong Kong.

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