Mitsubishi UFJ Financial ( MUFG Quick Quote MUFG - Free Report) reported profits attributable to owners of parent for first-quarter fiscal 2020 (ended Jun 30), of ¥183.4 billion ($1.7 billion), significantly down 52.9% year over year.
For the reported period, elevated general & administrative expenses and credit costs acted as headwinds. Further, reduced net fees and commissions, along with net periodic cost of retirement benefits, were major drags. However, increased gross profits, higher net trading profits and a strong capital drove the upside. Also, high net interest income acted as a positive.
Gross Profits Up, General & Administrative Expenses Escalate
Gross profits for the quarter being reported were ¥1.08 trillion ($0.01 trillion), up 12.8% year over year. The upsurge was mainly owing to higher net gains on debt securities and higher net interest income on consolidation of Bank Danamon.
The fiscal first quarter reflected a 5.6% increase in net interest income, which came in at ¥469 billion ($4.4 billion). Net trading profits came in at ¥279 billion ($2.6 billion), surging 58.4% year over year. Yet, for Mitsubishi UFJ, trust fees, along with net fees and commissions, totaled ¥329.7 billion ($3.1 billion), marginally down 1.6% year over year.
Mitsubishi UFJ’s total credit costs, at the quarter end, came in at ¥145 billion ($1.4 billion) compared with a positive ¥34.1 billion ($0.3 billion) witnessed in the prior-year quarter, on rise in credit cost globally due to the pandemic and adoption of new accounting methodology in overseas subsidiaries.
Net gains on equity securities declined significantly year over year to ¥6 billion ($0.06 billion). Other non-recurring losses came in at ¥38.9 billion ($0.36 billion), as against the gains of ¥27.8 billion ($0.25 billion) recorded in the prior-year period.
G&A expenses flared up 1.3% year over year to ¥678.7 billion ($6.3 billion). Rise in expenses was mainly due to the consolidation of Bank Danamon. Expense ratio came in at 62.9%, down from 70.1% in the prior-year quarter. A decrease in ratio indicates an increase in profitability.
Strong Capital Position
As of Jun 30, 2020, Mitsubishi UFJ reported total loans of ¥112.5 trillion ($1.04 trillion), up from ¥109.5 trillion ($1.02 trillion) as of Mar 31, 2020. This upswing can be chiefly attributed to rise in domestic corporate and government loans.
Deposits escalated to ¥198.4 trillion ($1.84 trillion) from ¥187.6 trillion ($1.74 trillion) as of Mar 31, 2020, as demand for domestic individuals, corporate and overseas deposits increased.
Total assets summed ¥341.9 trillion ($3.17 trillion), up from ¥336.6 trillion ($3.13 trillion) as of Mar 31, 2020. Net unrealized gains on securities available for sale increased to ¥3.3 trillion ($0.03 trillion) from ¥2.9 trillion ($0.03 trillion) as of Mar 31, 2020.
Moreover, total net assets were ¥16.9 trillion ($0.16 trillion), in line with the figure as of Mar 31, 2020. Non-performing loan ratio expanded 3 basis points from March 2020 to 0.68%, on rise in non-performing loans.
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial targets ¥550 billion of consolidated profits attributable to owners of parent for fiscal 2020 (ending Mar 31, 2021).
The company expects to deliver net operating profits (before credit costs for trust accounts and provision for general allowance for credit losses) and ordinary profits of ¥1,050 billion and ¥850 billion, respectively, for this fiscal year.
Total credit costs are estimated to be ¥450 billion as of Mar 31, 2021.
Though we are wary about the heightening competition, high credit costs and volatility in the Japanese economy, along with escalating expenses, Mitsubishi UFJ’s robust business model and diversified product mix look encouraging. Furthermore, increase in profits is a tailwind.
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