SBS mortgage book shrinks again
SBS Bank's profit jumped in the June quarter but its mortgage book shrank for a sixth successive quarter, reflecting the continuing impact of the Canterbury earthquakes.
Wednesday, August 29th 2012, 6:00AM 1 Comment
by Jenny Ruth
SBS Bank's mortgage book fell by $24.7 million to $1.72 billion in the quarter. Using Reserve Bank figures as proxy for the numbers disclosed in banks' disclosure statements this quarter, that means SBS Bank's share of mortgages written by registered banks fell from 1.02% to 0.99% in the three months.
Most of the shrinkage came from mortgages with loan-to-valuation ratios (LVRs) of 80% or below - they shrank by $58.3 million to $1.31 billion. Mortgages with LVRs of 90% plus also shrank by $9.7 million to $320.7 million in the latest quarter - 88% of these loans were government-backed Welcome Home Loans.
The only category to grow was mortgages with LVRs between 80% and 90% which rose by $43.3 million to $93.4 million.
The decline in SBS's mortgage book could be reversed once the Canterbury rebuilding gathers steam.
The bank, which also incorporates Hawkes Bay's HBS Bank, raised net profit for the three months ended June 30 by 59.3% to $5.2 million. That's despite a slight 0.6% increase in charges against profit for bad and doubtful debts to just below $3 million compared with a year earlier.
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