Big banks total half year profits crack $15 billion
As expected, the big 4 have totalled a profit of $15.7 billion for the first half of the year. They’re also set to rack up $792 million in extra interest over the next six months thanks to the recent home loan variable rate rises.
Big banks ANZ, NAB and Westpac announced their half year profits over the past two weeks, while the Commonwealth Bank released its results in February. Profits were up across the board, and home loan figures were strong, despite APRA recently enforcing tighter lending standards.
Big Bank half year profits 2017
|Half Year Profit|
|CommBank (released February 2017)||$4.84 billion|
The regulations targeted investor and interest-only loans, in the face of a competitive housing market, where young homebuyers are struggling to get a foot in the door and housing affordability is a hot issue.
In response, the major banks embarked on a round of out of cycle rate increases, mainly for investment and interest-only products. While ostensibly designed to discourage borrowers from these types of loans, the rate hikes have had the side effect of generating increased interest earnings for the banks.
At the beginning of May, Mozo reported that since the variable rate increases in late March the banks had earned roughly $100 million in extra interest thanks to the rate increases. If rates and property demand hold steady, the new interest rates could net the banks a combined $792 million in extra interest in another six months.
Extra interest earned by Big 4 after variable rate hikes
|Extra interest in six months|
|CommBank (released February 2017)||$297.3 million|
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