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NAB remains positive on economy despite earnings decline, focuses on future growth.

National Australia Bank Remains Optimistic Despite Drop in Earnings

National Australia Bank’s Economic Outlook

National Australia Bank stated on Wednesday that it remains optimistic about the Australian economy’s outlook. However, it reported a 3% drop in first-quarter cash profit compared to the quarterly average of the second half of fiscal 2023.

Factors Affecting Cash Earnings

The bank, which is the country’s second-largest lender by market valuation, attributed the decline in cash earnings to higher cost pressures, deposit costs, and competitive lending. These factors, in turn, impacted margins.

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Financial Performance

NAB revealed that its cash earnings for the quarter ended Dec. 31 amounted to A$1.80 billion ($1.18 billion), a decrease from the A$2.15 billion earned in the prior corresponding period. First-quarter revenue, excluding the bank’s markets and treasury income, remained relatively flat compared to the second half of the previous fiscal year.

Impact on Net Interest Margin

This flat revenue led to a marginal decrease in the bank’s net interest margin, a key measure of profitability for banks.

Effects of Elevated Interest Rates

While persistently elevated interest rates boosted the profits of major Australian lenders over the past year, runaway inflation and high interest rates have started to dent borrowing capacity and pressure credit growth.

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Common Equity Tier 1 Ratio

The bank’s common equity tier 1 ratio, a closely watched measure of its spare cash, stood at 12.0% as of December-end, compared with 12.22% at the end of September.

($1 = 1.5265 Australian dollars)

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