OCBC Bank (SGX: O39 / FRA: OCBA / OCBB / OTCMKTS: OVCHY): Record Profits as Money Flows to Singapore

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (SGX: O39 / FRA: OCBA / FRA: OCBB / OTCMKTS: OVCHYis one of the largest banks in SE Asia and has consistently ranked highly as one of the “safest banks in the world.” The Financial Times recently noted how Singapore’s big banks have been breaking earnings record after record as Hong Kong wanes and money continues to flow to the city-state:


  • OCBC Bank is the second-largest banking group in Singapore by total assets and among the top players in bancassurance sales, home loans, unit trust distribution, personal credit, small and medium-sized enterprises market and the Singapore dollar capital market.
  • OCBC Bank was born out of the Great Depression through the consolidation of three banks in 1932 — Chinese Commercial Bank (incorporated in 1912), Ho Hong Bank (incorporated in 1917) and the Oversea-Chinese Bank Limited (incorporated in 1919)
  • Highlights from Wind behind the Sails (Youtube) 3:43 Minutes
    • Lim Kay Tong takes us through some of the highlights from OCBC Bank’s 85-year history that have been chronicled in the book, Wind behind the Sails.
  • OCBC Group First Quarter 2023 Net Profit Up 39% from the Previous Year to a Record S$1.88 billion (Press Release) May 2023 (PDF File)
    • Message from Group CEO, Helen Wong: “We are pleased to achieve a record quarter on the back of a strong operating performance. Total income reached a new high and expenses were well controlled, while we maintained prudent levels of allowances. Our loan portfolio was resilient and our wealth management business continued to attract net new money inflows. These reflected the strength of our diversified franchise and contributed to a strong uplift in our return on equity…”
1Q23 Highlights
1Q23 Highlights
  • Singapore: foreign billionaires drive record profits for banks (FT) May 2023
    • Local lenders already trade above tangible book value. They have scope to go higher, given Singapore’s financial momentum.
  • Softer OCBC Wealth Fees As Investors Cut Risk (WealthBriefingAsia) Feb 2023
    • OCBC, the parent of Bank of Singapore, last week reported that net fee income fell 18 per cent year-on-year in 2022 to S$1.85 billion ($1.96 billion), with softer wealth management fees taking a toll as clients shifted to lower-risk investments amidst difficult markets.
    • However, the market turmoil of last year had a positive effect on net trading income because clients transacted more business. Fee income rose 9 per cent to S$34 million…
  • P/E (Google Finance): 9.58 / Forward P/E (Yahoo! Finance): 8.07
  • Dividend Yield (Google Finance): 5.61% / Forward Dividend & Yield (Yahoo! Finance): 6.53%





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