24 April 2018, Makati, Philippines – During the annual stockholders’ meeting of Security Bank Corporation (PSE: SECB) on Tuesday, 24 April 2018, the following were elected to the Security Bank Board: incumbent directors Diana P. Aguilar, Philip T. Ang (independent), Anastasia Y. Dy, Frederick Y. Dy, Takayoshi Futae, Joseph R. Higdon (independent), James JK Hung (independent), Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. (independent), Jikyeong Kang (independent), Napoleon L. Nazareno (independent), Takahiro Onishi, Alfonso L. Salcedo, Jr., Rafael F. Simpao, Jr. and Alberto S. Villarosa, and new director Cirilo P. Noel. During the organizational Board meeting, key appointments were for Frederick Y. Dy as Chairman Emeritus, Alberto S. Villarosa as Chairman, Anastasia Y. Dy as Vice Chairman, and Alfonso L. Salcedo, Jr. as President and Chief Executive Officer.
In his report on 2017 operations, President and CEO Mr. Alfonso L. Salcedo, Jr. highlighted Security Bank’s 20% earnings growth that resulted in a record-high net income of Php 10.26 billion, versus industry’s 7% earnings growth. In the last five years, Security Bank’s net income grew by a compounded annual growth rate of 20% versus industry’s 3%. The Bank’s revenue growth in 2017 was 20% versus industry’s 11%. Net interest income growth was 22% versus industry’s 17%, while non-interest income growth was 15% versus industry’s 5% decrease. The Bank’s return on shareholders’ equity was 10.2% versus industry’s 9.96%. The Bank’s Core Equity Tier 1 and Total Capital Adequacy ratios of 15.5% and 17.7%, respectively, are among the highest in the industry and well above the minimum regulatory requirements. Total assets grew 9% to Php 757 billion. In the past five years, Security Bank’s total assets grew by a compounded annual growth rate of 21%, versus industry’s 11%.
Also highlighted was Security Bank’s healthy loan portfolio growth of 28% versus industry’s 19%. The Bank’s loan growth was driven by corporate loans which increased 25%, middle market loans which grew 24%, and consumer loans which expanded 49%. In the past five years, Security Bank’s loan portfolio grew by a compounded annual growth rate of 22% versus industry’s 18%. The Bank’s three customer segments grew by compounded annual growth rates of 18% for corporate loans, 20% for middle market loans, and 63% for retail loans. Retail loans as a percent of total loans increased to 16% at year-end 2017 from 13% in 2016. Security Bank now has a full slate of consumer loan products consisting of home, auto, credit card, personal and small business loans. Asset quality remained healthy with net non-performing loan ratio at 0.02%, a decrease from 0.17% in 2016, and lower than industry’s 0.47%. NPL cover increased to 239%, versus industry’s 150%. Deposit growth was 19%, faster than industry’s 12%. In the last five years, Security Bank’s deposits grew by a compounded annual growth rate of 19% versus industry’s 12%. The Bank added 12 new branches in 2017, bringing its network to 302 branches. Its ATM network has grown from 622 to 713.
Security Bank maintained its cost-to-income ratio at an efficient 49.8% compared to industry’s 63.3%, even as the Bank continued to invest heavily in information technology, digitalization, people and branches. Mr. Salcedo stated that these investments are designed to transform the Bank’s infrastructure and way of doing business, and ensure that the Bank stays relevant to shifting customer needs in a fast-changing banking and technology landscape. Security Bank continues to be focused on its medium-term strategic goals which are to regain industry-leading ROE, continue growth momentum to build its retail banking business as the third business pillar, and transform the Bank’s infrastructure to support its growth aspirations and deliver its BetterBanking promise. Key to this transformation is the digitalization of its customer acquisition and servicing channels and operational processes. In 2017, Security Bank increased cash dividends to Php 3.00 per share from Php 2.00 in prior years.
Highlighted in the President’s report were the major awards that Security Bank received, most recently as The Best Retail Bank in the Philippines for 2018 by The Asian Banker and Best Bank in the Philippines by Global Finance. Mr. Salcedo stated that the execution and results of Security Bank’s retail banking strategy led to the major breakthrough award as The Best Retail Bank in the Philippines for 2018. In 2017, Security Bank was named Best Bank in the Philippines by Alpha Southeast Asia; Best Bank for SMEs in the Philippines by Asiamoney; and Best Digital Bank in the Philippines by Capital Finance International of London. The Bank also received awards for management excellence, industrial peace and harmony, corporate banking and treasury, brand marketing, product innovation, investor relations, and corporate social responsibility.