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ASB's mortgage book shrinks for a second successive quarter

ASB Bank's mortgage book shrank for the second successive quarter in the three months ended September but its profitability surged as charges for bad loans disappeared.

Friday, November 19th 2010, 3:11PM 8 Comments

by Jenny Ruth

ASB's June quarter general disclosure statement (GDS) shows its mortgage book shrank by $187 million to $37.66 billion in the September quarter after shrinking $65 million in the June quarter.

Reserve Bank figures on registered banks show mortgages written by registered banks increased $804 million in the September quarter.

Using those figures as a proxy for the mortgage market (the aggregate figures from the banks' GDSs can vary significantly but ASB's is the only GDS so far available for the September quarter), that means ASB's market share shrank to 22.64% from 22.86% in June.

Actual GDS figures show ASB has been steadily losing market share in the mortgage market since September 30, 2008 when it was 24.77%.

ASB had a further $4.44 billion in mortgages off-balance sheet at September 30, generally loans approved but not drawn down, compared with $4.46 billion three months earlier.

Only 3.8% of ASB's mortgage book had loan-to-valuation ratios (LVRs) above 90%, down slightly from 3.9% three months earlier. Another 9.6% of the book had LVRs between 80% and 90%, down from 9.8% at June 30.

ASB reported a $150 million net profit for the three months compared with a $124 million net loss for the same three months last year which included one-off tax charges for its structured finance transactions.

Before tax, profit jumped 79.2% to $215 million as $1 million of recoveries from bad loans was added to profit compared with the $77 million in charges against profit in the September quarter last year.

Charges for bad mortgages were $3 million while the bank recovered $4 million from other retail loans in the three months.

ASB's net interest income rose 15.8% to $300 million in the latest quarter compared with the September quarter last year as interest income fell 3.2% but interest expense fell a much greater 9.8%.



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On 19 November 2010 at 3:49 pm John said:
These stats I'm sure have a lot to do with ASB then trying to charge borrowers an application fee and not offering money towards solicitors costs. Interesting how they quickly back-tracked on that stance when the other banks didn’t follow them!
On 22 November 2010 at 8:35 am Murray Chong said:
ASB were one of the first of the main banks to stop paying trails on loans that were sourced from brokers.
Maybe they should be the first to bring this back to gain market share again.

Give brokers a choice of either a high up front with no trail or a low upfront with trail.

Most brokers that took the high upfront with no trail have now exited this Profession as they were only in it for the money.

Regularly servicing a client takes time and a Mortgage Broker should be rewarded for this on a regular basis other wise it is a cost to the Broker.

There are still lenders out there that have similar rates to ASB and also have zero application and account fees, they also give Brokers a choice of upfront and trail structure.

Most good brokers when given the choice will choose the trail option as in the long term it this option will benefit their brokerage

If these lenders are better for the client and give brokers a choice on commission structure then its a win-win for both of them.

On 22 November 2010 at 10:34 am John said:
Murray ASB has never paid trail commission to mortgage brokers for loans.
On 22 November 2010 at 1:37 pm Murray Chong said:
Sorry about that.
I stand corrected
However it still shows the importance of why banks need to think about bringing back options on commission structures for Mortgage Brokers
On 22 November 2010 at 2:14 pm John said:
Personally Murray I'd much rather see the banks relax their lending policies for borrowers than be focusing on commission structures for mortgage brokers.
On 25 November 2010 at 7:55 am dave said:

Make sure you disclose the Trails as well as the upfront fee to the client. While trails are important to the brokers business it is the clients best interest we take into account when placing a loan - not the commission amount or trail
On 26 November 2010 at 6:15 pm exbank bob said:
John got it right. The short lived CEO Charles Pink implemented a program of changes that were to the detriment of the client in an attempt to boost the bottom line. He didn't get the long term outcomes. The customer has moved on and is more price sensitive and more aware. I still have the letter from Ian Park (now acting CEO, current head of retail banking) telling me that I'd be paying application fees and solicitor fees. He may have had his arm up his back but it was a signal to me ASB had lost its service focus and it was time to move my mortgage elsewhere; KiwiBank and HSBC Premier being the standouts on rate.
On 26 November 2010 at 9:32 pm John said:
Thanks exbank bob. With respect to the first alternative to ASB you mention just be careful that you are not replacing one bank for another that also wants to charge its home loan customers fees to boost its bottom line. I'm talking about their cost/s to reserve an interest rate in advance of maturity. Best get these costs disclosed to you before you shift from ASB.
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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA 4.55 2.55 2.69 2.79
ANZ 4.44 3.15 3.25 3.39
ANZ Special - 2.55 2.69 2.79
ASB Bank 4.45 2.55 2.69 2.79
Bluestone 3.49 3.49 3.49 3.49
BNZ - Classic - 2.55 2.69 2.79
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 4.60 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 4.55 3.15 3.29 3.39
BNZ - TotalMoney 4.55 - - -
CFML Loans 5.50 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
China Construction Bank 4.49 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - 2.65 2.65 2.80
Credit Union Auckland 5.45 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
Credit Union South 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
First Credit Union Special 5.85 3.35 3.85 -
Heartland 3.95 2.89 2.97 3.39
Heartland Bank - Online - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 4.99 ▼3.85 ▼3.95 -
HSBC Premier 4.49 2.45 2.60 2.65
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 3.69 2.55 2.65 2.79
Kainga Ora 4.43 3.29 3.39 3.85
Kiwibank 3.40 3.30 3.54 3.54
Kiwibank - Offset 3.40 - - -
Kiwibank Special 3.40 2.55 2.79 2.79
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Nelson Building Society 4.95 3.45 3.49 -
Pepper Essential 4.79 - - -
Resimac ▼3.39 3.45 ▼2.99 ▼3.35
SBS Bank 4.54 ▼3.05 3.19 ▼3.25
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
SBS Bank Special - ▼2.55 2.69 ▼2.75
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 4.40 2.55 2.69 ▼2.79
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 4.40 3.05 3.19 ▼3.29
TSB Bank 5.34 3.35 3.49 3.79
TSB Special 4.54 2.55 2.69 2.99
Wairarapa Building Society 4.99 3.65 3.69 -
Westpac 4.59 4.15 4.09 4.49
Westpac - Offset 4.59 - - -
Westpac Special - 2.55 2.69 2.79
Median 4.55 3.10 3.19 3.12

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