In 2020, the Bank recorded CZK 4,271 million operating income, its highest ever.
Owing to the overall results, shareholders’ capital rose almost 8% to CZK 15,414 million.
Impairment losses were one of the most important items of last year’s results compared to the same period in the year earlier. While operating expenses remained stable, the decline in assets value was the main driver in the year-on-year net profit decline. The creation of loss allowances reflects the pandemicinduced deterioration of the country’s macroeconomic environment. This affected both performing and non-performing loan exposures to clients and the impairment of some financial instruments when accounted at their fair value in other comprehensive income.
Net interest income was CZK 3,292 million, affected mainly by a reduction in interest rates. Net fees and commission income in 2020 was up CZK 79 million.
The Bank recorded an outstanding comprehensive net income of CZK 759 million from financial operations in 2020.
“Despite a challenging year under the pandemic, we succeeded in a net profit of CZK 1.13 billion, boosting the Bank’s capital ratio to 24.7%, and also creating robust allowances against potential loan losses,” said Petr Jirásko, chairman and CEO of PPF banka.
When the Czech Republic issued record volumes of government bonds in 2020, PPF banka strengthened its already solid role as the country’s key securities trader on capital markets. “We assisted the Czech state in underwriting CZK 108 billion in government bonds. We are proud to have achieved second slot in the Czech Finance Ministry’s ranking of primary dealers of Czech government bonds,” said PPF banka CEO.
In the corporate banking segment, PPF banka specializes in project, export, and acquisition financing. This requires a strong position in cross-border payment services. “Therefore, we became a direct participant in the TARGET2 payment system,” said PPF banka CEO, referring to the settlement process for large payment volumes at the European Central Bank, national central banks, and commercial banks.
Last year, PPF banka actively participated in the distribution and processing of government assistance to companies adversely impacted by the pandemic. “For the state’s COVID III a COVID Plus support programs, we have earmarked CZK 5.5 billion,” said the Bank’s CEO.
On the Bank’s investments in digital technologies, the CEO said: “We continue to apply modern tools that meet all required security standards. They not only make our work less difficult, but they also make the use of our services easier for clients, for whom we have also revamped our internet banking.”
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