Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)

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General Information
Company Name: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Stock Code: CBA
GICS Sub-Industry: Diversified Banks
Market Cap ($M): 125,263
Equiv. Shares (M): 1,621

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 77.180 $ 77.640 $ 77.640 $ 76.940 $ 77.260 1,634,622 $ -0.080  -0.104 %

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Buy (2.3333)
Recommendation Date: 17th Oct 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 3

Company Overview

Business Description:
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) is an Australian retail bank. Its core business is the provision of a broad range of banking and financial products and services to retail, small business, corporate and institutional clients. CBA conducts its operations primarily in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific region. It also operates in several countries including United Kingdom and USA.

Strategy Analysis:
CBA generates superior shareholder returns by optimising revenue growth, productivity, capital efficiency and staff culture. The strategy is to invest in the competitive advantages that are difficult to replicate. The bank specifies its three primary sources of advantage as industry-leading application of technology to financial services, a customer-focused staff culture and a strong balance sheet. Each of these respectively supports returns on equity by making CBA more attractive to customers in a multi-channel banking world (an intangible asset), enhancing customer loyalty and satisfaction (another intangible asset), and reducing bad debts expense below peers´ (a cost advantage). Lower losses on bad debts give CBA more room to price keenly to win and retain business while remaining sufficiently profitable. The group will continue to invest in all three sources of advantage. CBA´s industry-leading technology initiative is the $1.1bn Core Banking Modernisation project, which rolled out real-time banking and same-day settlement across the depositor and borrower customer base. The project is effectively complete and CBA will be the only major bank offering these features across its customer base, an advantage which will take competitors years to replicate given the project was launched in 2008. CBA´s policy on acquisitions is to acquire only when it can create more value for shareholders than they can create for themselves. Commonwealth Bank of Australia reported NPAT up 1% to $3.66bn for the half-year ended 31 December 2012. Cash NPAT for the current half was $3.78bn, an increase of 6%. Revenues from ordinary activities were $22.92bn, down 4% from the same period last year. Diluted EPS was 221.7 cents compared to 222.1 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $3.62bn compared to $8.34bn last year. The interim dividend declared was 164.0 cents compared with 137.0 cents last year. While many of the group's customers are facing challenges, this is not translating into a deterioration of credit quality. However, given the uncertain outlook for both the global and domestic economies, the group remains cautious maintaining a strong balance sheet with high levels of capital, provisioning and liquidity - $128.0bn as at 31 December 2012.

Financial Summary
Year to Jun NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2016  F 9,782.3 592.5 5.2 13.0 444.0 5.8 100.0
2015  F 9,180.1 563.0 5.0 13.7 422.0 5.5 100.0
2014  A 8,635.0 536.0 10.3 14.1 401.0 5.3 100.0
Source: Morningstar analyst estimates.

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F
ANZ Bank (ANZ) $88,019 M -0.0092 0.1690 0.0483 14.7612 12.6275 12.0454 5.14 5.52 5.79
Bendigo Adelaide Bnk (BEN) $5,208 M 0.1222 0.1687 0.0692 13.7976 11.8062 11.0421 5.54 5.85 6.19
Commonwealth Bank (CBA) $124,096 M 0.1201 0.0600 0.0518 14.4431 13.6253 12.9547 5.24 5.51 5.80
National Aust. Bank (NAB) $78,426 M 0.0508 -0.1247 0.2759 13.3777 15.2842 11.9796 5.73 5.97 6.25
Westpac (WBC) $102,909 M 0.0657 0.0867 0.0125 14.7518 13.5745 13.4062 5.86 5.72 5.74

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth
CBA 0.85 14.3 2.56 2.56
Market 0.89 15.1 1.22 1.70
Sector 0.84 13.6 1.33 1.73

Name Position Start Date
Mr Brian Long Director 01 September 2010
Mr Ian Narev Managing Director,Chief Executive Officer 01 December 2011
Mr David Turner Non-Executive Chairman 01 August 2006
Mr Andrew Mohl Non-Executive Director 01 July 2008
Ms Sarah (Carolyn) Carolyn Hailes Kay Non-Executive Director 05 March 2003
Sir David H Higgins Non-Executive Director 01 September 2014
Ms Jane Sharman Hemstritch Non-Executive Director 09 October 2006
Mr Harrison Hurst Young Non-Executive Director 13 February 2007
Sir John Anthony Anderson Non-Executive Director 12 March 2007
Ms Launa Karen Inman Non-Executive Director 16 March 2011
Mr Shirish Apte Non-Executive Director 10 June 2014

Name Position
Carla F Collingwood Assistant Company Secretary
Margaret Taylor Company Secretary
Alden Toevs Group Chief Risk Officer
Grahame Petersen Group Executive, Business and Private Banking
Michael Harte Group Executive, Enterprise Services and Chief Information Officer
David Craig Group Executive, Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer
Robert Jesudason Group Executive, Group Strategic Development
Melanie Laing Group Executive, Human Resources
Kelly Bayer Rosmarin Group Executive, Institutional Banking and Markets
Simon Blair Group Executive, International Financial Services
Matthew Comyn Group Executive, Retail Banking Services
Annabel Spring Group Executive, Wealth Management
David Cohen Group General Counsel and Group Executive, Group Corporate Affairs

Calendar of Events
Date Event
01 October 2015 Report (Annual)
17 August 2015 Report (Annual)
12 August 2015 Report (Prelim)
11 February 2015 Report (Interim)
12 November 2014 AGM
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