OREANDA-NEWS. April 15, 2014. JSC Kazkommertsbank (KKB or the Bank) (LSE: KKB; KASE: KKGB), one of the largest banks in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, today announces its audited consolidated IFRS financial results for the year ended 31 December 2013.

Ms. Nina Zhussupova, CEO of Kazkommertsbank, commented:

We are pleased to report another year of solid results. The Banks key operating indicators have improved and net profit for the year 2013 doubled compared to the net profit in 2011.


Net interest income
Net interest income before provisions for impairment losses increased 15.1% to KZT 141.5 billion in 2013 compared to KZT 123.0 billion in 2012.

Non-interest income
Net non-interest income decreased to KZT 32.1 billion in 2013 compared to KZT34.8 billion in 2012, due to a one-time dividend received in 2012.

Fee and commission income increased by 14.8% to KZT 31.5 billion in 2013 from KZT 27.5 billion in 2012. Increase in fee and commission income was mainly attributable to growth in commissions on banking cards operations by 22.9%.

Operating expenses
Operating expenses decreased by 3.4% to KZT 32.7 billion in 2013 compared to KZT 33.9 billion in 2012. This was mainly due to the decrease in staff expenses by 5.2% or KZT 921 million.

Impairment losses
The provisions for credit impairment losses represented 34.0% of gross loans as at 31 December 2013 compared with 32.7% as at 31 December 2012. The provisioning charge amounted to KZT 71.6 billion in the 2013 compared to KZT 286.3 billion 2012 (KZT 90.3 billion excluding KZT 196 billion one-off provisioning charges in the 4 quarter 2012).

Non-performing loans (NPLs) were 32.4% of the gross loan book as at 31 December 2013. KKB defines NPLs as total exposure to clients with overdue payments of 30 days and more for corporate clients, and 60 days and more for retail customers.

The accrued interest income on corporate customer loans where there are no expected cash flows to the Bank in the next few years amounted to KZT 43.9 billion in 2013, compared to KZT 42.3 billion in 2012. Management has established an allowance for loan losses against this interest. For more details please refer to the Note 5 of the financial statements.

In 2013 the Bank recorded a tax expense of KZT9.7 billion compared to a tax credit of KZT32.9 billion in 2012. The effective tax rate was 15.6%.

Capital ratios
On a consolidated basis, the Banks Core Tier 1 ratio was 15.5% and the Total capital ratio was 17.8% at 31 December 2013.
Business line performance

Corporate and SME banking
Corporate loans were KZT 1,630 billion as at 31 December 2013 compared to KZT 1,685 billion as at 31 December 2012. The share of corporate loans in the Banks total net portfolio decreased to 85.8% as at 31 December 2013 from 88.8% at the end of 2012.

As of 31 December 2013, corporate deposits (excluding deposits under the Kazakh Governments stabilisation programmes) were KZT 925 billion compared to KZT 789 billion at 31 December 2012. The share of corporate deposits in the Banks total customer accounts was 55.0% compared to 51.9% as at the end of 2012.

Retail banking
Retail deposits increased by 3.7% to KZT 683.7 billion from KZT 659.4 billion at 31 December 2012.

As of 31 December 2013, the Bank had 23 branches and 128 outlets in Kazakhstan. In addition, it has an extensive alternative distribution network. The number of ATMs and POS terminals was 1,356 and 17,147, accordingly.

Retail loans (net) increased by 26.9% to KZT 270.6 billion, as at 31 December 2013, compared to KZT 213.2 billion, as at 31 December 2012, mainly due to the increase in net consumer loans. The share of net retail loans in the total net loan portfolio was 14.2% as at the end of 2013 (11.2% at YE2012).

Update on the BTA deal

On 23 December 2013, JSC Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna (SK or the Fund) together with the Consortium of Investors consisting of Kazkommertsbank and Mr. Kenes Rakishev announced that they signed preliminary non-binding agreement to initiate the sale and purchase of shares in JSC BTA Bank (BTA) held by the Fund. On 31 January 2014, the Fund, KKB and Mr. Kenes Rakishev signed agreements to purchase a 46.5% equity stake in BTA Bank each.

On February 5 and 21, 2014, the Board of Directors and Extraordinary General Meeting of Kazkommertbanks Shareholders, respectively, approved the transaction. According to the terms and conditions defined by the Transaction Documents,SK is to transfer its remaining 4.26% in BTA to KKB under a Trust Agreement providing KKB with over 50% voting rights and operational control of BTA. Purchase price of KZT 72 075 million to be paid by KKB for its 46.5% stake in cash: KZT 31 billion at closing and KZT 41 075 million no later than 1 July 2017.