MUFG Delivers Positive Earnings but Faces NII Decline
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. successfully reported a significant increase in profits attributable to owners of the parent for the first half of fiscal 2024 (ended Sep 30) amounting to ¥927.3 billion ($6.42 billion). This rise was driven by increased gross profits, a surge in net fees and commissions, and net trading profits. Furthermore, a rise in loan and deposit balances contributed positively. However, the decline in net interest income (NII) acted as a dampener.
Gross Profits Soar, Countering Declining NII and G&A Expenses
Gross profits (before credit costs for trust accounts) for the first half reached ¥2.49 trillion ($17.23 billion), demonstrating a substantial 7.1% year-over-year increase. This growth was primarily fueled by higher net fees and commissions, as well as net trading profits. Despite this, NII faced a 26.5% decline, amounting to ¥1.23 trillion ($8.51 billion). Trust fees, combined with net fees and commissions, totaled ¥848.7 billion ($5.87 billion), marking a significant 9.9% rise. Moreover, net trading profits (including net other operating profits) amounted to ¥409 billion ($2.83 billion) compared to a loss of ¥122.8 billion in the previous year.
Notably, Mitsubishi UFJ’s total credit costs for the first half of fiscal 2024 decreased to ¥181.2 billion ($1.25 billion) from ¥243.8 billion for the first half of fiscal 2023. Additionally, G&A expenses witnessed a year-over-year decrease from ¥1.43 trillion to ¥1.4 trillion ($9.69 billion). The expense ratio dropped to 56.3% from 61.4% in the prior-year period, signifying enhanced profitability.
Strong Balance Sheet Position
As of Sep 30, 2023, Mitsubishi UFJ reported period-end loans of ¥114.88 trillion ($768.9 billion), showcasing a sequential 1.4% increase, primarily driven by a rise in overseas loans. Furthermore, deposits saw a sequential rise to ¥217.86 trillion ($1.46 trillion) from ¥216.59 trillion, attributed to increased demand for domestic corporates and overseas and other deposits. Total assets summed ¥398.18 trillion ($2.67 trillion), marking a 2.8% sequential increase.
Robust Business Model and Share Repurchase Plan
MUFG boasts a robust business model, a diversified product mix, and solid capital ratios. However, high costs may impact the bottom line in the near term. Despite this, MUFG announced a share repurchase plan, authorizing the buyback of up to 400 million shares or nearly 3.31% of its outstanding shares (excluding treasury stock) for an aggregate amount of ¥400 billion. The shares are expected to be repurchased between Nov 15, 2023, and Mar 31, 2024.
Financial Industry Insights: A Glimpse of Other Foreign Banks
In contrast to MUFG’s positive earnings, other foreign banks such as Deutsche Bank (DB) and Barclays (BCS) have recorded varied financial performances. Deutsche Bank reported a third-quarter 2023 profit attributable to its shareholders of €1.03 billion ($1.12 billion), down 7.5% from the year-ago quarter. On the other hand, Barclays reported a third-quarter 2023 net income attributable to ordinary equity holders of £1.27 billion ($1.61 billion), marking a 16% decrease from the prior-year quarter.
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