Date: May 15, 2019
Victoria Mutual Investments (VMIL) for the three months ended March 31, 2019 reported total interest income of $201.00 million, an increase of 11% relative to the $180.93 million recorded for the corresponding period in 2018.
Interest expense for the period amounted to $125.82 million, a 10% increase relative to the $114.72 million recorded in 2018. As such, Net interest income closed the period at $75.18 million, a 14% improvement on the $66.20 million recorded for the corresponding period in 2018.
VMIL recorded gains from investment activities for the period of $80.01 million, a 603% climb relative to the gain of $11.38 million recorded in 2018. Management noted, this was attributable to “Strong securities trading gains”
Net fees and commissions closed the period at $281.74 million, an increase of 41% compared with the $199.71 million recorded for the comparable period in 2018, “with corporate advisory fees contributing $191.82 million or 43.79% of total revenue (2018: $142.67 million or 50.01%).”
Other income for the year reflected a total of $1.12 million, a decline of 86% compared to $7.94 million recorded for last year.
The Company noted their first quarter was bolstered by the following:
- “Strong year over year growth in our Asset Management Unit, a key element of our strategic thrust”
- “Growth in our corporate finance business which is consistent with our strategic objective of financing the growth of the nation’s productive sector”
- “Strong securities trading gains of $80.01 million (2018: $11.38 million).”
- “Income from new business lines and products launched, primarily corporate insurance premium financing, and our two new Unit Trust Portfolios, International Equity and US$ Money Market Portfolios.”
Staff cost and other operating expenses increased 47% and 44% respectively, to close the period at $121.15 million (2018: $82.16 million) and $147.34 million (2018: $102.09 million) respectively. Management noted, “These expenses relate to people development, asset tax and other support services required to grow our business.”
Profit before taxation amounted to $160.69 million for the period, a 59% increase relative to $100.98 million recorded for the prior financial year. Taxation amounted to $42.83 million (2018: $22.28 million).
Consequently, net profit for the year totaled $117.86 million, a 50% or $39.16 million increase relative to the $78.70 million booked for the same period on 2018.
Earnings per share totalled $0.08 (2018: $0.05) for the period. The twelve-month trailing earnings per share is $0.29. The number of shares used in our calculations 1,500,025,000 units. Notably, VMILs stock price closed the trading period on May 15, 2019 at a price of $4.26.
As at March 31, 2019, The Company’s asset base totaled $21.60 billion, up from $19.09 billion at March 31, 2018. The main contributor to the increase in total assets was ‘loan receivables’ which amounted to 769.59 million relative to nil the prior year. ‘Resale Agreements’ however tempered this movement with a 43% decline to $1.74 billion (2018: $3.04 billion)
Total Stockholders’ Equity as at March 31, 2019 was $3.36 billion (2018: $2.52 billion); resulting in a book value per share of $2.24 (2018: $1.68).
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