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Business Description: Bank of Queensland Limited (BOQ) is a financial institution offering core banking (commercial/retail) services, equipment finance, wealth management and insurance. BOQ uses its unique concept of the Owner-Managed Branch (OMB), which is a partnership between the Bank of Queensland (franchisor) and experienced bank managers (franchisees) to provide banking services.
Strategy Analysis: Growth has been driven by acquisition and the interstate Owner Management Branches (OMB) rollout program. Total OMBs of 198 include 115 in Queensland. In addition BOQ operates 71 corporate branches and 8 transaction centres. The expansion strategy clearly has not worked despite successfully delivering a two-and-a-half times increase in assets over the past five years. During the same period ROE has more than halved from over 12% in FY06 to 1% in FY12. The cost to income ratio declined following considerable work on driving down the cost base. BOQ is targeting a medium term cost to income ratio in the low 40% range. The key challenges facing BOQ in the short term is maintaining the recovery in asset quality and improving return on equity. Competition for deposits is tough, particularly retail deposits which fund a large majority of loan growth.
Bank of Queensland reported a net loss of $17.1m for the year ended 31 August 2012. The reduction in profit after tax was largely attributable to significant loan related impairment charges. Revenues from ordinary activities were $804.3m, up 1% from last year. The major driver of the subdued income growth was the reduction in other operating income. This was offset by growth in net interest income of $28.1m (5%). Diluted EPS was (10.2) cents compared to 60.3 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $156.0m compared to $261.5m last year. The final dividend declared was 26 cents, taking the full year dividend to 52 cents compared with 54 cents last year.
Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) 20/10/2014 |
Today, Australian investors will not have to go it alone buying stocks as they did for much of last week. Bargain hunters this morning will be supported by the morale boosting encouragement of a 3% turnaround in the German Dax and a 264 point rally in the Dow Jones.
Carl Richards, director of investor education at the BAM Alliance 17/10/2014 |
â€śAs odd as it may sound, the sooner you start treating your investments like you treat life, the happier youâ€™ll be with the outcome.â€ť
William H. Gross, Janus Capital Group 16/10/2014 |
â€śFinancial markets are artificially priced. In the bond market, there is nothing normal about a three year German Bund yielding â€śminusâ€ť 10 basis points.â€ť
CMC Markets 8/10/2014 |
Share market indices around the globe are breaking down. While analysts cast around for reasons, itâ€™s clear that a time factor is in play. Simply put, many investors â€śfeelâ€ť a correction is overdue. How low could it go?
The Age 19/12/2013 |
Ten Network's programming ambitions will be funded by a $200 million loan guaranteed by three of its billionaire owners, as the free-to-air broadcaster declared digital was the future and pointed to early signs that its switch to an older market demographic was working.
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