THE Bank of Brazil (BBAS3) obtained adjusted net income of R$6.613 billion in the first quarter of 2022, above the market estimate, which had expected a profit of R$5.278 billion.
The result represents an increase of 57.6% compared to the same period last year. Comparing with the fourth quarter, there was an increase of 24.4%.
The increase in profit was reflected in an increase in the return on equity, which went from 15.1% to 17.6%, also in comparison with the first quarter of last year.
“The delivery of robust results over the last few quarters allowed us to get closer to the profitability of private peers”, said the president of BB, Fausto Ribeiro, in a note.
Even so, BB’s profitability was below that of its main competitors.
Gross financial margin rose to R$15.3 billion, up 5.6% year-on-year and 3.6% from the fourth quarter of 2021.
Revenues from the provision of services
Revenues from the provision of services totaled BRL 7.5 billion between January and March, an increase of 9.4% compared to the same period in 2021.
According to BB, the increase was influenced by the commercial performance in the fund management, insurance, consortium and credit operations segments, which more than offset the reduction in current account revenues.
In comparison with the fourth quarter, there was a drop of 3.8%. According to the bank, the impact came from a seasonal effect.
The default rate showed an increase in relation to December, from 1.75% in December last year to 1.89% in March. Comparing with the same period in 2021, however, BB recorded a drop in delinquency.
According to the bank, the increase in relation to the fourth quarter was already expected, but it is worth noting that it is below that recorded by the National Financial System, estimated at 2.50%.
At the same time, expenses with provisions fell by 27.2% in 1Q22 compared to the previous period.
BB also announced that it will remunerate shareholders R$ 443,296,279.71 in the form of dividends and another R$ 1,477,370,475.92 in interest on equity (JCP). The value per share will be BRL 0.15534705486 for dividends and BRL 0.51772406601 for JCP.
The amounts will be paid on May 31 and only shareholders who are in the company’s base until May 23 will receive the proceeds.
The bank maintained its estimates (guidance) for this year’s result.
|Adjusted net income – in R$ billion||BRL 23.0 to BRL 26.0|
|Gross Financial Margin||11% to 15%|
|Credit Portfolio||8% to 12%|
|Revenues from the Provision of Services||4% to 8%|
|Administrative costs||4% to 8%|
|Expanded Allowance – in BRL billions||-R$ 16.0 to -R$ 13.0|