Writebacks of collective provisions of $1.7 billion, compared to large collective impairment charges totalling $6.9 billion in 2020 in response to COVID-19, have had a big impact on the shape of Austalia's big four banks' profit results.
The underlying performance trajectory is less turbulent than the headline numbers suggest. Total operating income (on a cash basis) was up 0.1 percent on 2020 and down 1.5 percent on 2019. This almost flat revenue picture is more consistent with the single-digit percentage decline of cash profits between 2019 and 2021.
It is clear that the major banks' performance has seen a turnaround from last year, as the Australian economy entered a new phase of its COVID-19 pandemic response. After the big four banks played a significant role in supporting Australia’s recovery in 2020, they benefited from the country’s improved economic performance in 2021.
They will now need to turn their attention to transformation, as they look to their future performance.
An infographic snapshot of the major Australian bank's full year financial results.
increased by 0.1% to
🡹 $79.4 billion
Net interest income
decreased by 0.2% to
🡻 $63.5 billion
Cash profit after tax
increased by 54.7% against FY20 and
decreased by 2.3% against FY19 to
🡹 $26.8 billion
Average net interest margin
decreased by 3 bps to
🡻 186 bps
Average return on equity^
increased by 3.2% pts against FY20 and
decreased by 1.4% pts against FY19 to
Average dividend payout ratio
increased by 17.8% to
Average cost to income ratio^
decreased by 1.2% pts to
Share of risk and compliance of total investment spend decreased by 0.9% pts to
Credit impairment charge (as % of GLA) decreased by 46 bps to
Write-back of credit provisions of
Average CET1 capital ratio increased by 131 bps to
Deposit to loan ratio
increased 2.7% pts to
increased by 3.7% pts to
🡹 $2.8 trillion
Note: Comparisons are to the 2020 financial year, adjusted for restatements as applicable
^includes notable items
Read the media release – Australian banks in transition – 9 November 2021