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Business Description: Bank of Queensland Limited (BOQ) is an Australia-based entity engaged in retail banking, leasing finance and insurance products. The Bank operates in two segments: banking and insurance. BOQ's operations comprises of Banking, BOQ Finance, BOQ Specialist, St Andrew‚Äôs insurance and Virgin Money Australia.
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.
By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) 19/12/2014 |
Traders and investors caught short heading into the FOMC scrambled for cover in Europe and the US, in many cases driving indices to their best one day performance for 2015.
By Betty Lam (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) 18/12/2014 |
Lead by the Fed-fervour offshore, Australians shares jumped on the Yellen cheer wagon. The material and energy stocks were back in vogue as both sectors gained over 3% in morning trade.
By Michael McCarthy (chief market strategist, CMC Markets) 18/12/2014 |
In spite of a frenzied pre-mortem, a benign statement from the US Federal Reserve‚Äôs Open Market Committee and steadying commodity markets drove investors back into share markets overnight. A calmer, stronger ruble helped offset European growth fears, highlighted in the overnight session by further declines in inflation.
By Betty Lam (Sales Trader, CMC Markets) 11/12/2014 |
Offshore jitters sent ripples through to Australian stocks. The open saw the local equities take 65 points off the index, catalysed by a mass-exit in energy stocks, yet again.
By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) 10/12/2014 |
Yesterday‚Äôs news on Greek politics and China‚Äôs bond market came at a time when US and European stock markets have extended rallies and pushed valuations higher. This makes those markets vulnerable to downward corrections as profit takers act to avoid missing out.
BR Securities Australia Pty Ltd 2/12/2014 |
December 2014 could go down as a nasty moment in Australian finance. MYEFO will reveal a deteriorating budget deficit and the UNFCCC meeting in Lima, Peru will provide the agreement, to be ratified in Paris in 2015, on how much (or little) CO2 is to be allowed into the atmosphere from 2020.
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