Bank Hapoalim  credit: Tamar Matsafi

Hapoalim posts NIS 1.65b Q1 profit but still no dividend

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This morning, Bank Hapoalim (TASE: POLI) released its very first quarter financials, exhibiting a gain for the quarter of NIS 1.654 billion, 22.2% higher than in the corresponding quarter of 2021. The raise is income is attributed to ongoing expansion in the bank’s small business, and also to adjustments in the CPI and to reversals of credit reduction provisions.

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Even with this, the bank has made a decision not to declare a dividend for the 2nd quarter in succession, since of the quick growth in its credit score portfolio, chiefly in credit history for serious estate and construction, which has entailed a large allocation of capital towards the credit rating awarded, and also since of the decrease in bond yields, which has affected the bank’s shareholders’ equity.

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“The bank aspires to return to program dividend distributions in the near foreseeable future, even though maintaining balanced growth, and it thinks that the degree of the bank’s cash ratios as reflected in these financial statements, and the extent of its advancement, are significant milestones on the way to the probability of renewing dividend distributions for the next quarter of 2022 and onwards. Dividend distributions and their size will be topic to, between other things, the bank’s benefits, traits and developments in the marketplaces and in macro-financial problems, the outcome of utilizing long run regulatory directives, and will be in accordance with the tests relevant below law,” the bank stated.

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However, right away after the economic statements were being introduced, Lender Hapoalim introduced that it was applying a compensation program it made the decision on last calendar year, and that it was carrying out a personal allocation of shares to CEO Dov Kotler, to eleven users of senior administration, to 91 professionals, and to many professionals who retired final 12 months, amounting to NIS 11.5 million. Of this, Kotler himself will get inventory-primarily based payment of far more than NIS 96,000 in the form of shares that will be locked up for three a long time (from the stop of 2021).

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Credit score to the general public amounted to NIS 364.3 billion at the stop of the initial quarter, 3.3% more than at the conclude of 2021. As demand for residence financial loans ongoing to be potent, the financial institution elevated its housing credit score portfolio by NIS 4.6 billion, representing 4.1% growth in the quarter.

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Commercial credit grew 3.7% in the quarter, company credit score grew 2.7%, and credit score to little companies grew 1.4%.

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Posted by Globes, Israel enterprise information – en.globes.co.il – on Could 23, 2022.

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