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12
Dec 2023
Honouring the Enduring Legacy of Visionary Leadership: Public Bank Pays Tribute to Its Esteemed Founder Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow

 

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12 December 2023

 

Honouring the Enduring Legacy of Visionary Leadership: Public Bank Pays Tribute to Its Esteemed Founder Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow

 

Public Bank solemnly commemorated the first memorial anniversary of the esteemed late Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow, the revered Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Public Bank. This poignant event, held at the prestigious Menara Public Bank, served as a profound opportunity to celebrate and pay homage to the indelible legacy of a visionary leader who played a pivotal role in shaping the banking industry of Malaysia.

 

Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow, a true trailblazer in the realm of finance, dedicated his entire life to upholding principles of integrity, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. In 1966, he laid the foundation for Public Bank, which has since flourished into one of the foremost financial institutions, contributing significantly to nation-building efforts not only in Malaysia but also across the region where Public Bank has established its presence.

 

Under his exceptional stewardship, the Bank expanded its services, offering a comprehensive suite of financial products tailored to cater to the diverse needs of its esteemed clientele.

 

During the commemorative event, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, CEO and Managing Director of Public Bank, delivered a deeply moving speech, acknowledging the profound impact his late mentor had on the banking industry and the wider community. With eloquence, he stated, “People do not merely follow titles; they follow passionate leaders who believe in them and inspire them to greatness.” This sentiment perfectly encapsulates the leadership style and influence of the late Tan Sri Teh.

 

In a heartfelt tribute to the late Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow, whose mark on the banking industry and the community at large is deep rooted, Public Bank remains steadfast in its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), particularly in assisting the underprivileged and the needy.

 

Continuing the philanthropic legacy established by the late banking grandmaster, Ms. Teh Li Shian, Diona, youngest daughter of Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow, made significant contributions amounting to RM145.2 million to two hospitals and ten deserving charities. These contributions include RM143,000,000 to Tung Shin Hospital, RM200,000 each to Hospital Sultan Idris Shah, Serdang, Rumah Bakti Ci Hang, Wan Hing Home Care, Pure Life Society, Rumah Victory Elderly Home, Desa Amal Jireh, Rumah Kebajikan Anbu Illam, Pusat Jagaan Al-Fikrah Malaysia, Pusat Jagaan Nur Hasanah, Rumah Titian Kaseh, and Yayasan Sunbeams Home.

 

Expressing her sentiments, Ms. Teh Li Shian, Diona shared, “During his lifetime, my Dad had touched countless lives,” as she continues her father’s legacy of compassion and generosity. She further articulated, “I hope that these contributions will create ripples of positivity and kindness, further spreading my Dad’s enduring legacy to both the present and future generations.”

 

In remembrance of Tan Sri Teh’s enormous contributions and lifelong dedication to Public Bank and the banking industry, the Bank has dedicated two special floors in Menara Public Bank for the set-up of the “TEH HONG PIOW GALLERY”. Ms. Teh then proceeded to officiate the opening of the Gallery, located at Level 30.

 

The Gallery stands as a testament to Tan Sri Teh’s numerous achievements and milestones in both his personal and corporate journey. It showcases the deep love he had for Public Bank, the pride he took in its trajectory growth, the staff he considered his corporate family, and the unique culture and commitment to excellence that he fostered. Adorned with collectibles and memorabilia, the Gallery beautifully encapsulates all these aspects of his life and legacy.

 

With this Memorial Anniversary, we honour the late Tan Sri Teh’s enduring legacy in the world of banking and finance. It is our fervent hope that his memory continues to embolden future generations to reach out for greatness, to dream big, and to make a positive impact on the world.

 

Ms. Diona Teh (centre) and Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek with all the beneficiaries during the memorial anniversary

 

Ms. Diona Teh (fifth from right) with Public Bank’s Board Members during the Launching of ‘TEH HONG PIOW GALLERY’

 

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November 2023
29
Nov 2023
Public Bank Group Achieved Pre-Tax Profit of RM6.47 Billion for the First Nine Months Ended September 2023

 

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29 November 2023

 

Public Bank Group Achieved Pre-Tax Profit of

RM6.47 Billion for the First Nine Months Ended September 2023

 

The Public Bank Group posted pre-tax profit of RM6.47 billion and net profit of RM5.03 billion for the first nine months of 2023, recording growth of 2.6% and 14.3% respectively compared with the corresponding period in 2022.

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank commented, The Public Bank Group continued to demonstrate resilience in its financial performance for the first nine months of 2023, with its loans and deposits businesses sustaining a positive growth trajectory.  The Group also continued to navigate through the challenging operating environment with prudent cost management and stable asset quality, achieving a commendable net return on equity of 13.1%”.

 

For the first nine months of 2023, net interest income increased by 0.7% and non-interest income grew by 3.4% as compared with the corresponding period in 2022. 

 

The Group remained prudent in cost management and continued to sustain an efficient cost-to-income ratio of 33.7% in the first nine months of 2023.

 

Gross impaired loans ratio remained stable at 0.58%, reflecting the resilient risk profile of the Group’s loan portfolio. Loan impairment allowances declined by 78.3% as compared with the previous corresponding period, while loan loss coverage ratio continued to stay at a prudent level of 186.9% as at the end of September 2023.

 

Loans and Deposits Businesses

 

During the first nine months of 2023, the Public Bank Group’s total loans increased at an annualised growth rate of 5.9% to RM393.6 billion. The Group’s domestic loan portfolio recorded a strong annualised growth rate of 5.7% as compared with the banking industry growth rate of 4.1% during the same period.

 

Domestic loan growth continued to be driven by residential properties financing, hire purchase financing and SME financing, which grew at an annualised rate of 6.4%, 10.8% and 1.5% respectively. The Group also continued to maintain its market leader position in these key financing segments, with 20.5% market share in residential properties financing, 30.5% in hire purchase financing and 18.4% in SME financing. Total newly approved domestic loans increased by 10.2% for the first nine months of 2023 as compared with the same period last year, supporting a healthy loans pipeline going forward.

 

Total customer deposits grew at an annualised rate of 4.7% to RM408.6 billion. Domestic deposits rose by 4.6% on an annualised basis to RM379.7 billion, supported by the consistent growth in retail deposits. As at the end of September 2023, the Group continued to maintain a stable gross loan to fund and equity ratio of 81.9%.

 

Asset Quality

 

As at the end of September 2023, the Public Bank Group’s gross impaired loans ratio stood at 0.58%, which was significantly lower than the domestic banking industry’s average gross impaired loans ratio of 1.72%.

 

Despite its sound asset quality, the Group continued to maintain a prudent level of provision with a loan loss coverage ratio of 186.9%, which was well above the banking industry’s loan loss coverage ratio of 91.2%. Including regulatory reserves, the Group’s loan loss coverage ratio was higher at 215.4%.

 

Non-interest Income

 

Non-interest income grew by 3.4% to RM1.87 billion in the first nine months of 2023, primarily contributed by foreign exchange and stock-broking businesses, which increased by 29.5% and 22.5% respectively as compared with the corresponding period in 2022.

 

Public Mutual, the Public Bank Group’s wholly-owned unit trust fund management subsidiary, remained the main contributor to the Group’s non-interest income. For the first nine months of 2023, Public Mutual recorded a pre-tax profit growth of 2.1% year-on-year to RM592.8 million, contributing 9.2% to the Group’s profit. As at end-September 2023, Public Mutual continued to capture a large retail market share of 35.1% with a total of 181 unit trust funds and net asset value of funds under management of RM95.0 billion.

 

Overseas Operations

 

In the first nine months ended September 2023, the Public Bank Group’s overseas operations contributed 7.5% to the Group’s profit, mainly from its Hong Kong and Indochina operations.

 

Public Bank Vietnam Limited and Cambodian Public Bank Plc continued to deliver strong profit performance, as reflected in the profit growth of 8.5% and 34.3% respectively. The Group remains optimistic on its regional business expansion in Indochina and will continue to expand its branch network and embrace effective growth strategy to further strengthen its business synergy in the region. 

 

The Group’s operations in Hong Kong remained challenging amid global headwinds that weighed on the banking operating environment. The Group has remained highly vigilant to credit risks, while continuing to pursue and capitalise on business opportunities.

 

Capital and Liquidity Position

 

As at the end of September 2023, the Public Bank Group sustained a healthy capital level with common equity Tier 1 capital ratio, Tier 1 capital ratio and total capital ratio standing at 14.5%, 14.5% and 17.4% respectively. Liquidity coverage ratio remained above the regulatory requirement, at a healthy level of 131.4%.

 

Group’s Prospects

 

On the global landscape, the world economic growth is expected to remain challenging. China’s economic activities are expected to grow following the reopening of its economy, although growth would be slower-than-expected. Most major economies continue to face headwinds stemming from tighter financial market conditions, downtrend in external trades, slower momentum in major economies and protracted geopolitical tensions.

 

On the domestic front, the Malaysian economy is expected to remain on a stable growth trajectory supported mainly by domestic demand, improving labour market conditions, tourism activities and further progress of investment projects. Meanwhile, the Malaysian economy is not insulated from global challenges stemming from weaker-than-expected global growth and more volatile global financial market conditions.

 

Tan Sri Tay said, “The Malaysian economy has remained on a positive growth path, despite prevailing macro uncertainties in the external front. The Public Bank Group remains fully committed to further strengthen its financial intermediary role as well as contribute to national development and economic growth. The Group will continue to capture valuable synergies from the business environment. There is continued financing demand for property and car ownership as well as SME businesses. The Group also sees emerging opportunities from the development in the ESG landscape and digital transformation. With effective implementation, the recent New Industrial Master Plan 2030 and Mid Term Review of the 12th Malaysian Plan are expected to further strengthen the country’s growth prospects.”

 

Tan Sri Tay concluded, “The Public Bank Group will continue to operate efficiently, maintain prudence in its management of credit risk as well as preserve its sound corporate governance and risk management practices. The Group’s agility supported by its healthy capital and liquidity position coupled with its resilient asset quality and prudent loan loss reserves will enable the Group to generate sustainable profit through challenging times and business cycles.”

 

 

 

 

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8
Nov 2023
Have an Electrifying Journey with the Tesla Model 3 with Public Bank’s all-new PB Visa Signature Credit Card

 

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8 November 2023

 

Have an Electrifying Journey with the Tesla Model 3 with Public Bank’s all-new PB Visa Signature Credit Card

 

Public Bank continues to provide customers with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) products with the latest credit card campaign offering an electric vehicle, the Tesla Model 3 to the winner of a campaign, together with five electric scooters to promote green mobility.

 

Held in conjunction with the launch of the refreshed PB Visa Signature Credit Cards with updated features with the integration of sustainability considerations, the card not only features Public Bank’s official Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) logo on the card design, but is also made from plant-based materials which helps to reduce card production carbon footprint by 10 grammes.

 

“Form follows function, and the PB Visa Signature Credit Card is thoughtfully curated to support the adoption of our customers’ environmentally-friendly habits,” said Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek.

 

Mr. Ng Kong Boon, Visa Country Manager for Malaysia, said: “There is greater importance placed on responsible consumption and making sustainable choices among consumers in Malaysia. We are excited to collaborate with Public Bank in promoting payment cards and digital wallets, which are not only more convenient but also more environmentally friendly than traditional cash1 . Our aim is to inspire and encourage sustainable consumption through these cashless methods.”

 

Tan Sri Tay elaborated further that customers will be rewarded with 10 times Green Points when they spend on ESG-related purchases, such as electric vehicles charging, public transportation, used merchandise stores, bicycle stores, tuition fees and solar panels installation.

 

The Green Points can then be used to redeem items, vouchers or air miles from PB Preferred Redemption Catalogue.

 

Further elevating cardmembers travel experience, they will also earn 3 times points for overseas spend as well as enjoy complimentary access to selected Plaza Premium Lounge outlets and up to RM500,000 automatic travel insurance.

 

Being a bank for the public, Public Bank has the concern of all its customers with the rising cost of living and continues with the credit card’s existing 3% Cash Back on online, grocery and dining transactions, catering to the customers’ various lifestyle needs.

 

To further celebrate the launch, Public Bank is also giving away 14 units of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Cash Back of over RM100,000 where cardmembers enjoy up to 8% Cash Back when they pay for utilities, insurance and overseas transactions. These promotions are valid until 30 April 2024 and all cardmembers need to do is just spend using their PB Visa Signature Credit Card to earn contest entries.

 

To find out more on the promotion, log on to Public Bank’s website at www.publicbankgroup.com or call PB Customer Service at 03-2170 8000.

 

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1 The Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study was conducted in October 2022 by CLEAR with 1,000 Malaysians aged 18-65 years of age. This is part of a regional research project conducted in Southeast Asia on 6,550 consumers across 7 markets.

 

 

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2
Nov 2023
Public Bank Offers Exquisite Limited Edition Gifts ‘PB Golden Fortune Brings You Mystifying Fortune with Liuli Elegance’

 

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2 November 2023

 

Public Bank Offers Exquisite Limited Edition Gifts ‘PB Golden Fortune Brings You Mystifying Fortune with Liuli Elegance’

 

In conjunction with the forthcoming Chinese New Year Celebration, Public Bank is pleased to launch the ‘PB Golden Fortune Campaign’ which is open to all new and existing individual Public Bank customers. The Campaign offer period is from 1 November 2023 to 29 February 2024.

 

Limited edition Liuli Bowls Sets (Gifts) will be offered under the Campaign. Liuli is a type of crystal art that has its origin in ancient China. It involves a specific technique of casting crystal in colourful and intricate designs. Liuli is valued for its translucency and the ability to capture intricate details.

 

Customers can participate in the Campaign with the purchase of Unit Trust Funds (UT) or Single Premium Insurance / Single Contribution Takaful products and at the same time place deposit in selected Current / Savings Accounts in order to get the exclusive gift(s). Gifts are only available on first-come, first-served basis, while stock lasts.

 

PB Golden Fortune Campaign is designed for customers who are looking for a diversified investment portfolio. Customers can choose from a vast selection of UT that cater to various investment strategies and risk tolerance levels in accordance with their risk appetite in order to achieve their financial goals. Customers can also purchase Single Premium Investment-Linked Insurance Plan or Shariah-Compliant Single Contribution Investment-Linked Takaful Plan that provides insurance coverage / Takaful protection upon death or Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) and investment returns.

 

To find out more about Public Bank campaigns, customers are welcomed to visit any of our PBB branches or log on to PBB website. Terms and conditions apply.

 

 

 

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October 2023
25
Oct 2023
Public Bank Raised Awareness on Sustainable Development for Property Developers in the Northern Region

 

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25 October 2023

 

Public Bank Raised Awareness on Sustainable Development for Property Developers in the Northern Region

 

Public Bank had recently organised a full day seminar aimed at raising awareness on sustainability matters among the Northern Region property developers in the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) category, following its maiden seminar launched about four months ago in Kuala Lumpur with positive response from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor property developers.

 

Furthering its holistic approach to sustainability, the seminar themed “Embracing Sustainable Development: The Way Forward for SME Developers,” held at G Hotel Gurney, Penang on 18 October 2023, saw the participation of more than 180 delegates from property developers from Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis, as well as representatives from the Real Estate and Housing Developers Association Malaysia (REHDA).

 

The SME delegates’ enthusiasm were fuelled with the presentations by subject matter experts from PwC Malaysia, Knight Frank, GreenRE and EcoWorld to share sustainability best practices, trends to practical approaches from various perspectives of sustainability, including issues covering climate change and ESG, the definition and benefits of green buildings from the environmental and social perspectives, to the processes involved in applying for green building certification.

 

Real-life case studies were also presented, as part of Public Bank’s capacity building initiatives to encourage property developers to transition to a low carbon economy and embark on sustainable property developments.

 

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said Public Bank is looking forward to work closely with property developers to fulfil their environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) initiatives.

 

“This seminar is one of our initiatives to raise awareness on sustainability matters among property developers. When the why is clear, the how is easy,” Tan Sri Tay said, adding that Public Bank adopts a holistic approach in its environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) initiatives, including its firm commitment of mobilising RM48 billion in ESG-friendly financing by 2025.

 

Having signed several memorandums in 2022 with property developers to provide a special sustainable financing package to green property buyers, Public Bank’s holistic approach to sustainable development covers both the supply and demand side to meet the requirements of property developers and buyers of green properties.

 

Property developers can apply for Public Bank's Green Financing Facilities and Bank Negara Malaysia’s Low Carbon Transition Facility which cover an extensive list of eligible green financing solutions, including for improving energy efficiency, increasing the use of sustainable materials for production and obtaining sustainability certification.

 

Concurrently, buyers of green properties can also enjoy Public Bank’s preferential pricing and other add-on benefits for end-financing of green-certified homes, commercial buildings and industrial premises.

 

Providing feedback on the event, Chairman of REHDA Kedah and Perlis, Mr. Yeoh Su Guan said the seminar had increased the property developers’ understanding on sustainability matters.

 

“As the nation moves towards net zero and further embrace ESG, we applaud Public Bank’s initiative in organising this event and we are looking forward to the next event,” he said.

 

Dato’ Seri Jerry Chan Fook Sing, Executive Chairman of property development company Asas Dunia Berhad, said sustainable development is a very big topic and Public Bank’s effort to make ESG issues more understandable and less daunting is laudable.

 

“Participants have achieved greater clarity after attending this event by Public Bank,” said Dato’ Seri Jerry Chan, who is also the past Chairman of REHDA Penang Chapter.

 

Adding to that, Dato’ Chan Soo How, Divisional General Manager of Eco North, EcoWorld said sustainable development best practices will continue to gain popularity.

 

“From the responses and enthusiasm from the delegates today, we are proud to be part of Public Bank’s effort to raise awareness on sustainable development,” Dato’ Chan said.

 

With these positive feedbacks, Public Bank will further accelerate its capacity building initiatives and develop suitable programmes to assist our customers to make greener decisions.

 

To find out more about Public Bank’s future sustainability events or green financing packages, log on to Public Bank’s website at www.pbebank.com or call PB Customer Service at 03-2170 8000.

 

SME delegates listening attentively to the presentation by an expert speaker

 

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13
Oct 2023
Comments On The Budget 2024

 

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13 October 2023

Comments On The Budget 2024

 

The global landscape continues to be coloured by various challenges, with geopolitical stress adding to stubborn inflationary pressures and tighter monetary conditions. While Malaysia has not been spared with recent economic indicators exhibiting weaknesses, it is highly encouraging to note that more significant damage has been curtailed through astute stewardship by the Government and Bank Negara Malaysia, amongst others. To this end, Budget 2024 continues from the various progressive policies rolled out in recent months, underpinned by the Honourable Prime Minister’s MADANI framework that encompasses the spirit of inclusiveness in driving Malaysia toward a more sustainable period of stronger growth.

 

The Public Bank Group is intricately intertwined with the development of Malaysia, with a long-standing history of actively facilitating growth of the nation over the decades. We remain as committed today in support of the Government’s aspirations on reclaiming our footing as an Asian economic powerhouse.

 

While Budget 2024 will see a total expenditure bill of RM393.8 billion, the Government’s resolve on continuing to champion fiscal prudence is to be applauded. Balancing the diverse needs of all can be a tall order. The Government’s success in achieving this with Budget 2024 should therefore be commended. Issues like high living costs, implementation of socio-economic measures to uplift the poor and low-income groups, empowerment of small-scale businesses, economic reforms, promotion of investments, enhancement of food security, affordable housing, improvement of basic public infrastructure and essential public services were addressed, amongst many others.

 

For those in need, various social assistance frameworks have been strengthened through wealth re-allocation from subsidy rationalisations. With an estimated 20% of the M40 group having fallen into the B40 category due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that social safety nets be widened. On this note, allocation to the Sumbangan Tunai Rahmah (STR) initiative will be increased to RM10 billion from RM8 billion, benefitting 9 million recipients. For 2024, a total of RM58.1 billion will be set aside for the purpose of financing various aids to the Rakyat, encompassing subsidies, incentives and financial aid.

 

We welcome the continued support extended to the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs). RM1.5 billion will be set aside by Government-Linked Corporations (GLCs) and Government-Linked Investment Corporations (GLICs) to encourage start-ups including bumiputera MSMEs to venture into High Growth High Value industries. RM100 million in the form of grants to support digitalisation and RM900 million in financing support provided by Bank Negara Malaysia to encourage MSMEs to automate and digitalise will strengthen resilience of our SMEs, future-proofing our economy in the process.

 

Climate-related issues will be at the forefront of many decisions in the years ahead. Studies have shown Malaysia to be amongst the most vulnerable regions in Southeast Asia to the effects of climate change. Inaction is no longer an option. The Government’s pioneering plan for a RM1 billion Biodiversity-based Sukuk is a welcome move. The Public Bank Group is well underway in embarking on sustainability-based initiatives, reducing carbon emissions from our operations and undertaking responsible lending practises, amongst others.

 

Budget 2024 adequately addresses the needs of today for the challenges of tomorrow, and is broad-based. We continue to be fully supportive of the Government’s initiatives in this well thought-out plan which will continue to strengthen the country’s economic fundamentals, while enhancing the well-being of the Rakyat.

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

Public Bank Berhad

 

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September 2023
21
Sep 2023
Public Bank Collaborates with Syarikat Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan Berhad to Extend RM1 Billion in Financing to SMEs

 

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21 September 2023

 

Public Bank Collaborates with Syarikat Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan Berhad to Extend RM1 Billion in Financing to SMEs

 

Public Bank Berhad will be extending RM1 billion of financing to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through a strategic collaboration with the credit guarantee agency under the Ministry of Finance (MoF), Syarikat Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan Berhad (SJPP).

 

The RM1 billion financing will cover all existing and future financing schemes guaranteed by SJPP such as Working Capital Guarantee Scheme (WCGS), PEMULIH Government Guarantee Scheme (PGGS) and others.

 

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said the collaboration with SJPP will further boost SMEs’ access to financing.

 

“With a substantial domestic exposure of RM67 billion for SME-based commercial lending as at end of 2022, equivalent to an 18.6% industry market share, Public Bank remains committed to serve the SME segment and helping them to prosper, expand and further contribute to the country's economic growth”, Tan Sri Tay said during the special ceremony to commemorate the strategic collaboration on 21 September 2023 at Menara Public Bank.

 

Also present were Public Bank’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, SJPP’s Chief Operating Officer Pn. Juanita Rusmini Abdul Jalil and Senior General Manager (Guarantee Schemes Management) En. Azlan Mohd Agel, as well as other Senior Management staff of both organisations.

 

During the ceremony, Public Bank also announced its participation in the ‘Government Guarantee Scheme MADANI (GGSM)’.

 

GGSM is the latest financing scheme guaranteed which is aimed to rejuvenate the business of eligible Malaysian SMEs and mid-sized companies with special focus on companies involved in 4 economic sectors i.e. High Technology, Agriculture, Manufacturing and Tourism. Qualified business establishments from these 4 focus sectors will be able to benefit from the higher SJPP guarantee coverage of up to 90% and guarantee fee of as low as 0.50%.

 

On top of that, Public Bank and SJPP are also collaborating to develop ESG-focused financing schemes to further encourage SMEs to participate in sustainability best practices.

 

“The new collaboration with SJPP aims to support the business community’s growing demand for ESG-related products and solutions which is also fully aligned with Public Bank’s proactive approach in embracing growth opportunities presented by the nation’s aspirations to grow and transform towards a digitally and sustainably driven economy,” Tan Sri Tay concluded.

 

From left:

  1. Pn. Noorshiba Mohamad, Deputy General Manager/Head of SJKP, SJPP
  2. Ms. Doris Lai Yee Foong, General Manager, Guarantee Schemes Management Operations, SJPP
  3. Dato’ Sulaiman Abd Manap, Senior Chief Operating Officer, PBB
  4. Pn. Juanita Rusmini Abdul Jalil, Chief Operating Officer, SJPP
  5. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, PBB
  6. En. Azlan Mohd Agel, Senior General Manager, Guarantee Schemes Management, SJPP
  7. Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, PBB
  8. Mr. Lee Kok Keong, General Manager of Credit Operations Division, PBB during the ceremony

 

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August 2023
29
Aug 2023
Public Bank Group Achieved Pre-Tax Profit of RM4.30 Billion For The First Half of 2023 and Declared 9.0 Sen First Interim Dividend

 

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29 August 2023


Public Bank Group Achieved Pre-Tax Profit of RM4.30 Billion For The First Half of 2023 and Declared 9.0 Sen First Interim Dividend

 

For the first half of 2023, the Public Bank Group recorded pre-tax profit of RM4.30 billion and net profit of RM3.33 billion, growing by 7.0% and 18.4% respectively compared with the corresponding period in 2022.

 

The profit performance was mainly driven by the Group’s continued healthy loans and deposits growth, prudent cost management as well as stable asset quality. Accordingly, the Group sustained a resilient net return on equity of 13.2%.

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank announced that, “In view of the resilient financial performance in the first half of 2023, the Board of Directors of Public Bank declared a first interim dividend of 9.0 sen per share.”

 

Net interest income increased by 3.4% mainly led by the loans and deposits businesses which expanded at an annualised growth rate of 5.4% and 6.0% respectively.

 

Non-interest income grew by 5.4%, on the back of higher income from foreign exchange and stock-broking businesses.

 

The Group sustained an efficient cost-to-income ratio of 33.7% in the first half of 2023, underpinned by prudent cost management with operating expenses increasing by 3.5% compared with the corresponding period in 2022.

 

Asset quality remained stable with gross impaired loans ratio of 0.55%. Loan impairment allowances were lower by 85.7%, while loan loss coverage ratio stood at a prudent level of 199.1% as at the end of June 2023.


Loans and Deposits Businesses

 

The Public Bank Group maintained a healthy loan growth momentum at an annualised growth rate of 5.4% to RM387.2 billion as at end-June 2023, largely supported by the domestic loans which grew by an annualised rate of 5.0% to RM360.8 billion. Total newly approved domestic loans during the first half of 2023 demonstrated an increase of 9.1% as compared with the same period last year, providing a healthy pipeline of loan growth going forward.

 

Domestic loan growth was mainly contributed by residential properties financing and hire purchase financing, which grew at an annualised rate of 6.1% and 11.0% respectively. This has sustained the Group’s leading market share in the residential properties financing segment and hire purchase financing segment, which stood at 20.6% and 30.5% respectively. The Group also continued to capture a leading market share of 18.7% in the SME segment.

 

The Group’s funding and liquidity position remained healthy. Total customer deposits grew at an annualised rate of 6.0% to RM406.5 billion as at end-June 2023. Domestic deposits rose by 6.1% on an annualised basis to RM378.4 billion, partly attributed to the consistent growth in retail deposit. As at the end of June 2023, the Group continued to maintain a stable gross loan to fund and equity ratio of 80.9%.

 

Asset Quality

 

As at the end of June 2023, the Public Bank Group’s asset quality remained sound with gross impaired loans ratio of 0.55%, significantly lower than the domestic banking industry’s average gross impaired loan ratio of 1.76%.

 

The Group’s loan loss coverage ratio stood comfortably at 199.1%, well above the banking industry’s loan loss coverage ratio of 91.8%. Including regulatory reserves, the Group’s loan loss coverage ratio was higher at 226.1%.

 

With the recent increase of the OPR, the Group remained vigilant in managing its loan portfolio, including providing continued repayment assistance, rescheduling and restructuring of payment and providing borrowers the option to retain their pre-existing monthly instalment amount prior to the interest rate increase.

 

Non-interest Income

 

Non-interest income grew by 5.4% to RM1.25 billion in the first half of 2023, primarily from the increase in income from foreign exchange and stock-broking businesses.

 

The Public Bank Group’s unit trust business undertaken by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Public Mutual remained the main contributor to the Group’s non-interest income. Public Mutual recorded a pre-tax profit of RM387.6 million in the current period, contributing 9.0% to the Group’s profit. Despite the unfavourable market condition, net asset value of funds under management had increased by 4.6%, over the six months period to RM96.0 billion as at the end of June 2023, with a total of 180 unit trust funds under management. Public Mutual continued to record a large retail market share of 35.8% as at the end of June 2023.

 

Overseas Operations

 

In the first half of 2023, the Public Bank Group’s overseas operations contributed 7.8% to the Group’s profit, mainly attributed to its Hong Kong and Indochina operations.

 

Public Bank Vietnam Limited and Cambodian Public Bank Plc (“Campu Bank”) continued to deliver strong profit performance, as reflected in the respective double-digit profit growth of 15.9% and 33.1% year-on-year.

 

The Group has been proactive in expanding its business in the fast emerging Indochina region. In June 2023, Campu Bank opened its 32nd branch in Phnom Penh. As for its Vietnam’s operations, Public Bank Vietnam is targeting to open eight new branches this year to reach a total of 40 branches.

 

The Group’s operations in Hong Kong remained challenging, despite the lifting of COVID-19 containment measures. While adapting to the changes of the operating environment, the Group will continue to adopt prudent and flexible business strategies, maintain prudent credit policies as well as further improve cost efficiency while pursuing business growth.

 

Capital and Liquidity Position

 

As at the end of June 2023, the Group remained well capitalised with common equity Tier 1 capital ratio, Tier 1 capital ratio and total capital ratio standing at 14.7%, 14.7% and 17.6% respectively, after deducting the first interim dividend. Liquidity coverage ratio also remained stable and healthy, further improved to 134.4%.

 

Dividend

 

The Board of Directors declared a first interim dividend of 9.0 sen per share, representing a total dividend payout of RM1.75 billion or 52.4% of the Group’s net profit for the half year ended 30 June 2023. The first interim dividend will be paid on 22 September 2023 based on the dividend entitlement date of 14 September 2023.

 

Group’s Prospects

 

The global economy is expected to grow modestly in 2023. Global headwinds due to high inflationary pressure and tightening in financial conditions remain, with downside risks stemming from a potential widespread of banking stress in several advanced economies.

 

While Malaysia will continue to be affected by these headwinds, the Malaysian economy is expected to remain resilient underpinned by domestic demand, with the improvement in employment market as well as the further progress of multi-year investment projects and tourism activities. The domestic financial conditions continue to be supportive of the domestic economic growth with the banking system remaining resilient with ample liquidity and healthy capital buffers.

 

Tan Sri Tay said, “With the continued expansion of the Malaysian economy, the business prospect of the banking sector remains positive. Further to that, there are growing opportunities arising from the increasing demand for digital banking and ESG products. However, the post pandemic recovery has been challenging. The Public Bank Group will remain vigilant to prevailing downside risks, while staying agile in onboarding viable business opportunities.”

 

Tan Sri Tay added, “On addressing scams, the Group continuously enhances online security with various new measures. These include the implementation of a stronger authentication method known as the PB SecureSign to replace SMS PAC authentication for online transactions approval. Public Bank has also introduced a cooling-off period for banking transactions which are deemed higher risk or abnormal, providing additional security to minimise the risk of scams.”

 

Tan Sri Tay concluded, “Safeguarding the interests of stakeholders will always be the Public Bank Group’s top priority.”

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Public Bank

 

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14
Aug 2023
Public Bank and smart Malaysia Aim at Financing Revolutionize Industry Standards

 

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14 August 2023

 

Public Bank and smart Malaysia Aim at Financing Revolutionize Industry Standards

 

Public Bank Berhad formalised a collaboration with Proton New Energy Technology Sdn Bhd (PRO-NET) with the signing of a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) on 9 August 2023 to provide financing facilities on a wholesome financial products and services, and to embark on digitalisation via systems integration with smart Malaysia and its authorised dealers.

 

This collaboration will enable Public Bank to interface and facilitate digitalisation via online submission of hire purchase end-financing applications and Floor Stocking facility through smart customer App and their authorised dealers thus improving the market shares in the Electric Vehicle (EV) automotive industry.

 

PRO-NET is an exclusive authorised importer and distributor for smart vehicles in Malaysia and Thailand. These strategic appointments are expected to accelerate the sales of the company’s all-new innovative EV. The initial offering for the Malaysian market is the award-winning smart #1, which recently made its debut at Electric Vehicle Expo (EVx) 2023 in Setia City Convention Centre, drawing attention from local fans and sparking lively discussions on social media.

 

Present at the signing ceremony at Menara Public Bank were Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer and Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank, En. Roslan bin Abdullah, Board Member of PRO-NET, Mr. Wang Huaibing, Board Member of PRO-NET, Mr. Zhang Qiang, Chief Executive Officer of PRO-NET, and other Senior Management staff of both companies.

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek in his speech said “Supporting the growth of the New Energy Vehicles (NEV) has always been a key pillar to our climate agenda.  The Bank had mobilised over RM30 billion in domestic NEV financing by the end of 2022, representing approximately 52% of the Bank's total domestic Hire Purchase financing portfolio. To signify the Bank’s commitment, the NEV lending target had now been increased to RM33 billion by 2025.

 

He further added, “There is a compelling opportunity for Public Bank and PRO-NET to foster strong synergies from the onset. Not only will this be win-win in advancing our respective business objectives, it also contributes to another win in our common battle against climate change”.

 

Mr. Zhang Qiang expressed, "The advent of New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) signifies a significant departure from traditional products by leveraging EV technology to foster enhanced connectivity and address evolving consumer needs. At the heart of PRO-NET's mission lies a strong commitment to deliver a seamless digital customer journey in collaboration with esteemed eco-partners, aiming to achieve a smart EV mobility ecosystem. PRO-NET is making remarkable progress in developing a smart Malaysia customers' App, set to offer an exceptional range of eco-services, including convenient online loan applications and seamless charging information capabilities. Our goal is to ensure transparency on the transaction, enhance efficiency, and speed throughout their journey with the smart brand".

 

En. Roslan bin Abdullah said, "By collaborating with Public Bank, our aim is to streamline the purchasing process and provide a hassle-free and reshaping customer digital experience. Innovation and customer-centricity are deeply ingrained in PRO-NET and smart's DNA, with a commitment to continually offer premium solutions and co-create a better future with their valued customers".

 

He further added, “As the first EV brand to collaborate with Public Bank, smart is leading the way in pioneering a transformation of the banking industry’s digital landscape.”

 

From left:

  1. Wong Man Hoe, General Manager of HP Operations Division, Public Bank
  2. Dato' Chang Kat Kiam, Deputy CEO of Public Bank
  3. Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and CEO of Public Bank
  4. Roslan bin Abdullah, CEO of Proton Edar Sdn Bhd (PESB) and Board Member of Pro-Net
  5. Zhang Qiang, CEO of Pro-Net
  6. Wang Huaibing, Board Member of Pro-Net

at the signing ceremony in Menara Public Bank on 9 August 2023

 

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July 2023
25
Jul 2023
Public Bank Ensures Access to Financing Remains Widely Available in Supporting the Nation’s Economic Recovery

 

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25 July 2023

 

Public Bank Ensures Access to Financing Remains Widely Available in Supporting the Nation’s Economic Recovery

 

Public Bank has been ensuring equitable access to suitable and affordable financial products and services to people from all segments of the society since opening its doors for business in 6 August 1966.

Emphasising financial inclusion through the provision of affordable financing to support all segments of society, especially financing for affordable housing, Public Bank facilitated the financing of affordable homes, amounting to RM11.85 billion as of end 2022.

 

This is aligned with Public Bank’s commitment of mobilising RM48 billion in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) friendly financing by 2025, including RM15 billion for affordable home financing.

 

Notwithstanding, Public Bank’s RM67 billion domestic exposure to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) based commercial lending as at end 2022, equivalent to an 18.6% industry market share, is a clear indication of its strong support for Malaysian SMEs.

 

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said Public Bank’s comprehensive financial products and facilities catering to both individuals and SMEs remain widely available.

 

“Public Bank has been ensuring that access to financing remains available to facilitate a conducive environment for sustainable economic growth while supporting the livelihood of the society at large,” Tan Sri Tay said in support of the government's ongoing efforts throughout the economic recovery phase.


To further enhance the financial access for SMEs, Public Bank has ongoing strategic collaboration with Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad (CGC) and Syarikat Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan Berhad (SJPP) in a series of guarantee schemes which enable eligible SMEs that lack collateral to obtain financing.

 

Public Bank has also been actively participating in special schemes initiated by the Government and Bank Negara Malaysia since the COVID-19 pandemic and has approved about RM3.7 billion of financing, benefiting more than 18,800 SMEs.

 

On top of ensuring access to financing, as part of Public Bank’s sustainability agenda, Public Bank has also been providing a diverse range of green financing solutions to SMEs, aimed at encouraging the adoption of environmentally friendly practices, while reducing financing for high-risk climate-related purposes.

 

Going further from just providing financing schemes, Public Bank has also organised activities for SME capacity building initiatives, including roadshows, seminars, digitalisation collaborations and initiatives involving transitioning toward ESG. One of them being the Train-The-Trainers programme where virtual SME Financing Roadshows are conducted to create awareness on the various financing solutions offered by Public Bank.

 

Such initiatives provide an avenue for SMEs to address any financial or funding information asymmetry.

 

Next, Public Bank has also planned to organise a series of seminars to keep SMEs updated with market developments, with the maiden seminar held on green real estate seminar. Key knowledge and information conveyed to the SMEs include issues covering climate change, ESG and the benefits and opportunities of pursuing sustainability.

 

With industry experts’ insight to raise the awareness on sustainable development for SME developers, the seminar, held on 14 June 2023 in Klang Valley region received overwhelming response, paving the way for such seminars in the near future.

 

To find out more, customers may contact the Bank at 03-2176 6008 or visit the Bank’s website at https://www.pbebank.com.

 

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Public Bank

 

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24
Jul 2023
Public Bank Continues to Provide Preventive Measures Against Scams and Frauds while Reminding Customers to Remain Vigilant

 

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24 July 2023

 

Public Bank Continues to Provide Preventive Measures Against Scams and Frauds while Reminding Customers to Remain Vigilant

 

Public Bank continues to step up security measures against the various modus operandi of scams and frauds and one of the latest scam involved an illegal syndicate offering loans through social media platforms with low interest rate.

 

“We are working closely with the authorities to address scams and frauds. Meanwhile, customers are reminded to remain vigilant, and to keep themselves updated of the various modus operandi of scams and frauds,” said Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek.

 

Customers can learn more about the various modus operandi of scams and frauds at https://www.pbebank.com/onlinesecurity/index.html.

 

Public Bank does not request for any sensitive banking information, upfront fees to be paid to personal account and does not offer guaranteed approval, which can be appealing to certain borrowers.

 

Customers are advised not to respond to loan advertisements through social media platforms. Instead, customers are advised to verify what they have seen with legitimate financial institutions before proceeding with their applications.

 

Meanwhile, Public Bank has steadfastly implemented Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) five key measures for combating financial scams and is further encouraging customers to safeguard their online banking credentials through the practice of responsible online banking behaviour.

 

 “Public Bank remains dedicated to staying at the forefront of security best practices and will continue to invest in banking security systems to provide customers with robust banking security while keeping customers informed,” Tan Sri Tay said.

 

Hence, on top of the five key measures - such as instituting a transaction cooling-off period, migrating from SMS one-time passwords (OTP) to a more secure authentication method with the PB Secure Sign, single designated device for authorisation, removal of hyperlinks from SMS and email communications and a 24-Hour Case Management Digital Support Hotline for customers, Public Bank further emphasise that customers remained vigilant at all times when they are doing online banking transactions.

 

This included being alert to ensure that the Personal Login Phrase (PLP) is authentic and the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or termed as the web address has the padlock symbol and the green address bar prior to attempting to login.

 

This will assist customers in verifying if the website is genuine as phishing website is unable to replicate this confidential information.

 

Apart from these two safety precaution, the “PBe Challenge Questions” will be prompted when the transactions are deemed high risk or suspicious and the Bank strongly advise customers not to disclose their answers to any parties.

 

Public Bank has been proactively keeping abreast of the developments of the landscape involving fraud and scam, while vigilantly stepping up online security measures to monitor and counter any fraud threats by educating customers through various digital touchpoints such as email blasts, social media, light box security alert, internet banking, mobile banking platform as well as physical presence in conferences and seminars.

 

In the event where customers notice any irregularities in their bank accounts or suspect fraudulent activity, customers can reach out to the 24-Hours Case Management, Digital Support Hotline at 03-2177 3555 or the National Scam Response Centre at 997 between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.

 

 

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20
Jul 2023
Public Bank Continues to Provide Repayment Assistance To Individuals and SMEs while Supporting the Nation’s Economic Recovery

 

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20 July 2023

 

Public Bank Continues to Provide Repayment Assistance To Individuals and SMEs while Supporting the Nation’s Economic Recovery

 

Public Bank remains committed to assist individuals and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in need of repayment assistance, including assistance in rescheduling and restructuring (R&R) their loans.

 

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said Public Bank’s comprehensive suite of repayment assistance to individuals and SMEs remain widely available.

 

“Public Bank has been providing repayment assistance to borrowers who are in need including R&R of payment. Further to this, with the increase of interest rate, borrowers may also request to retain their pre-existing monthly instalment amount prior to the interest rate increase,” Tan Sri Tay said in support of the government's ongoing efforts throughout the economic recovery phase.

 

As a ‘bank for the public’ with strong roots in the communities since opening its doors for business in 6 August 1966, Tan Sri Tay said throughout the years, from the pandemic to the recent floods, Public Bank has offered repayment assistance to flood relief assistance to defer repayment in order to alleviate the financial burden for borrowers who are adversely affected by such calamities.

 

It is pivotal to assist customers to get back on their feet during such challenging times and taking flood relief assistance as an example, Public Bank has been offering support to SMEs for repairs as well as replacing their business assets such as plants and machinery, which have been damaged by floods, as well as to provide working capital assistance.

 

This is achieved through the offering of the Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) Disaster Relief Facility of which Public Bank has provided over RM38 million in financing to date.  

 

Not stopping there, Public Bank has also placed significant emphasis on raising awareness about Khidmat Nasihat Pembiayaan (MyKNP). This advisory service provides greater understanding of the factors affecting borrowers’ financing applications and subsequently, by addressing those factors could help in raising their eligibility for future financing.

 

To find out more, customers may contact the Bank at 03-2176 6008 or visit the Bank’s website at https://www.pbebank.com.

 

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Public Bank

 

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11
Jul 2023
Public Bank Embarks on Eco-Schools Programme with RM1.2 Million Sponsorship

 

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11 July 2023

 

Public Bank Embarks on Eco-Schools Programme with RM1.2 Million Sponsorship

 

Public Bank Berhad is the first bank in Malaysia to embark on the Eco-Schools programme, pioneering climate education initiatives using project based learning method in schools, including implementation of projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

As part of its environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives, Public Bank, together with Green Growth Asia Foundation (GGAF), signed a sponsorship agreement to roll out the Eco-Schools programme involving 20 schools in Pahang, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur for a period of 3 years from 2023 to 2025, with a total sponsorship of RM1.2 million.

 

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said, “As financiers, we believe that financing for sustainability will drive future sustainable value creation for the bank and its stakeholders. As Benjamin Franklin once said, it is investment in knowledge that pays the best interest.”

 

The sponsorship agreement was signed by Tan Sri Tay and Ir. Ts. Dr. Mahadi Mohamad, Executive Director of GGAF, and witnessed by Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Public Bank’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Balamurugan Ratha Krishnan, GGAF’s Chief Executive today in Menara Public Bank.


Tan Sri Tay further added that embracing ESG is an opportunity to build a world where economic prosperity coexists with environmental preservation and social harmony.

 

“We had made significant commitments towards sustainability - balancing our mandate as a financial institution while embracing environmental, social, and governance factors, or ESG, as part of our business-as-usual. On top of our commitment towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, and net zero carbon by 2050, we also have committed to mobilise RM48 billion in ESG friendly financing by 2025.”

 

Educating the future generation on climate and environmental matters, the collaboration with GGAF will also support other quantitative initiatives, such as data collection and research relating to greenhouse gases to facilitate further initiatives in achieving the global goal of net zero carbon.

 

GGAF is a non-profit organisation incorporated in Malaysia that aims to spearhead initiatives to promote a new green growth strategy that strikes a balance between economic development, social inclusivity and environmental sustainability. As a Full Member of the Foundation for Environmental Education, GGAF has been implementing the Eco-Schools programme since 2016. To-date, there are 206 schools from Melaka, Perak and Kedah participating in Eco-Schools programme, with more than 15 schools achieving the International Green Flag Award.

 

“This remarkable partnership between Public Bank and GGAF makes a significant milestone in our collective efforts towards environmental sustainability and youth empowerment,” said Ir. Ts. Dr. Mahadi Mohamad, Executive Director, Green Growth Asia Foundation.

 

This collaboration with GGAF is one of Public Bank’s initiatives towards achieving its ESG goals, serving as a powerful catalyst for good and joining a global movement to address global challenges while contributing to the nation’s economic transformation and social well-being.

 

For more information on Public Bank’s ESG initiatives, please visit the Public Bank Group’s website at www.publicbankgroup.com.

 

Ir. Ts. Dr. Mahadi Mohamad, Executive Director of GGAF receiving the mock cheque from Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and CEO of Public Bank witnessed by Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Public Bank’s Deputy CEO and Dr. Balamurugan Ratha Krishnan, GGAF’s Chief Executive
From left: Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Ir. Ts. Dr. Mahadi Mohamad and Dr. Balamurugan Ratha Krishnan

 

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7
Jul 2023
Public Bank’s Sustainability Culture Recognised with Three Awards by FinanceAsia Country Awards 2023

 

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7 July 2023

 

Public Bank’s Sustainability Culture Recognised with Three Awards by FinanceAsia Country Awards 2023

 

Public Bank’s culture of caring for its stakeholders which has been imbued in the Bank’s DNA since its founding on 6 August 1966, was awarded the Best ESG Impact Award in Malaysia in the FinanceAsia Country Awards 2023.

Further to that, Public Bank was also awarded two other country awards, the Best Bank and Best Sustainable Bank awards.

 

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said Public Bank has sustainability in mind in everything it does.

 

“Public Bank’s business objectives are in harmony with the community’s interest. From the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) perspectives, we deliberate on every detail on how we can make the world a better place, especially for the future generation, and incorporating these details into our business strategy,” Tan Sri Tay said, adding that Public Bank aims to mobilise RM48 billion in ESG-friendly financing by 2025.

 

Public Bank also targets to achieve carbon neutral position (Scope 1 and 2) by 2030 and to achieve net zero carbon by 2050.

 

To achieve these goals, Public Bank is already on track with its wide offering of green financing solutions to its customers to facilitate the adoption of greener practices, while curbing financing to risky climate-related purposes.

 

Public Bank provides preferential pricing for environmentally-friendly economic activities, and had approved more than RM620 million for such financing as at end of December 2022.

 

Other areas that Public Bank proactively supports are the energy efficient vehicles (“EEV”) and solar panel financing segments.

 

As at end of December 2022, its domestic EEV financing portfolio had amassed a sum of RM30 billion, while its solar panel financing, offered by its Islamic banking arm, Public Islamic Bank, had provided over RM7 million in financing of solar panel.

 

Notwithstanding, Public Bank has been promoting financial inclusion.

 

One being the provision of affordable financing to support all segments of society, especially financing for affordable housing. In 2022, Public Bank assisted over 31,000 customers to purchase homes costing between RM100,000 and RM500,000.

 

As a leading financier for small and medium enterprises (“SME”) with a domestic market share of 18.6% as at end 2022, Public Bank has also been actively participating in SME financing schemes initiated by the Government and Bank Negara Malaysia, benefitting more than 18,600 businesses totaling RM3.6 billion as at end of December 2022.

 

To further strengthen Public Bank’s commitment to enhance its governance mechanism in sustainability management, it has further set up the Board Sustainability Management Committee in 2022, ensuring that its sustainability agenda is effectively integrated into Public Bank’s operations. It further added the Climate-Related Risk Management Policy and formalised its Climate Risk Appetite Statement guiding the operationalisation of Public Bank’s long term plans to manage climate-related risks.

 

This is on top of the comprehensive governance mechanism in place, including the Code of Ethics, Whistleblowing Policy and Procedures, Anti-Fraud Policy and the Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy.

 

“We will continue to remain agile to society’s needs with sustainability best practices while continuing to provide superior customer service as well as delivering long term value for the shareholders,” Tan Sri Tay concluded.

 

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June 2023
28
Jun 2023
Public Bank Continues To Improve Its Banking Security Features For Its Customers To Combat Scams And Frauds

 

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28 June 2023

 

Public Bank Continues To Improve Its Banking Security Features For Its Customers To Combat Scams And Frauds

 

Public Bank customers continue to receive enhancements to banking security features to combat financial scams.

 

As part of its on-going effort to strengthen banking security for its customers, Public Bank recently introduced the transaction cooling-off period via PBe internet banking and PB engage MY mobile application for transactions which are deemed abnormal.

 

“This transaction cooling-off period is one of Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) five key measures for combating financial scams and Public Bank has implemented all five of them. The Bank will continue to be vigilant and working with relevant authorities, to ensure a robust and secure online banking environment for our customers,” said Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek.

 

Announced in December 2022 by BNM, the five key measures are a transaction cooling-off period, migrating from SMS to one-time passwords (OTP) to a more secure authentication method, single designated device for authorisation, removal of hyperlinks from SMS and email communications and a 24-Hour Cyber Fraud Security Hotline for customers.

 

Public Bank’s transaction cooling-off period is a precautionary measure that allows the Bank to review and assess certain transactions that display characteristics of abnormal behaviour. This additional step is designed to minimise the risk of unauthorised transactions and potential fraudulent activities, ensuring the safety of customers’ funds.

 

Customers will be notified on the status of their transactions through various channels such as SMS, e-mail and push notification. Alternatively, customers may log into their PBe to view their pending transactions by clicking “Account” and select “View Pending Verification.”

 

Second, Public Bank has enhanced security through the migration from SMS one-time password (OTP) authentication to a more secure method to ensure stronger authentication for transactions approval. All users of PBe and PB engage MY are now required to activate a more robust 2-factor authentication method called PB Secure Sign.

 

Following the activation, customers must enable push notifications on their device to authorise transactions using PB SecureSign. The activation can only be performed via ATM, Public Bank Branch and PBe Customer Support Help Desk at 603-2170 8000. Once activated, the PB SecureSign will undergo a 12 hour cooling off period. Customers can only start approving online transactions after the cooling off period.

 

Third, to further safeguard customers’ online banking platform security, the PB SecureSign can only be activated on a single device which will be used as the primary device responsible for approving transactions.

 

Additionally, customers trying to access PBe on outdated platform or incompatible browsers will be directed to the logout page. In addition, support for devices operating on Android 9 and iOS 10 operating systems has been discontinued due to the lack of security updates provided for these operating systems.

 

Fourth, Public Bank has also implemented the removal of hyperlinks from SMS and email communications. This additional measure aims to safeguard customer’s personal banking information. The Bank has eliminated all clickable hyperlinks in various emails including welcome email, PBe login reminder and PB SecureSign activation email. It is important for customers to remain vigilant and not to respond to any SMS or email with clickable hyperlink as these SMS or email could be sent by the fraudster.

 

Fifth, a 24-Hour Cyber Fraud Security Hotline is also available offering customers a dedicated channel operating 24/7 enabling them to report scams or suspicious activities related to their accounts.

 

Notwithstanding, Public Bank continues to actively promote anti-scam awareness throughout its digital touchpoints which includes the Bank’s website, mobile banking app, e-mail blast, social media platforms and the Bank’s online security microsite with various contents.

 

In the event that customers may notice any irregularities in their bank accounts or suspect any fraudulent activity, they can reach out to the 24-Hour Cyber Fraud Security Hotline at 03-2177 3555 or the National Scam Response Centre at 997 between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.

 

Users can also visit the Public Bank’s Online Security microsite at https://www.pbebank.com/onlinesecurity/index.html to learn about the evolving modus operandi of frauds and scams.

 

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22
Jun 2023
Public Bank Continues to Proactively Support Small Businesses Amidst Rising Interest Rate

 

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22 June 2023

 

Public Bank Continues to Proactively Support Small Businesses Amidst Rising Interest Rate

 

Public Bank remains committed to assist small business borrowers impacted by the recent increase in the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR).

 

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said Public Bank’s comprehensive suite of repayment assistance to small business borrowers remain widely available.

 

“Public Bank has been providing repayment assistance to borrowers who are in need including rescheduling and restructuring (R&R) of payment. Borrowers may also request to retain their pre-existing monthly instalment amount prior to the interest rate increase,” Tan Sri Tay said.

 

Digital application for repayment assistance is available at the Bank’s website until 31 December 2023.

 

To find out more, customers may contact the Bank at 03-21766008 or visit the Bank’s website at https://www.pbebank.com.

 

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21
Jun 2023
Public Bank Raised Awareness on Sustainable Development for SME Developers

 

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21 June 2023

 

Public Bank Raised Awareness on Sustainable Development for SME Developers

 

As part of its holistic approach to sustainability, Public Bank had recently organised a full day seminar aimed at raising awareness on sustainability matters among property developers in the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) category.

 

Themed ‘Embracing Sustainable Development: The Way Forward for SME Developers’, the event, held at W Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 14 June 2023, brought together more than 60 SME property development companies from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor as well as subject matter experts from PwC Malaysia, Knight Frank, GreenRE Sdn Bhd and Gamuda Land to share valuable knowledge, guidance and insights on the topic of sustainability with the SME delegates.

 

Key knowledge and information imparted to the SMEs include issues covering climate change and ESG, the definition and benefits of green buildings from the environmental and social perspectives, the processes involved in applying for green building certification, as well as real-life case studies, all being part of Public Bank’s capacity building initiatives to encourage SME developers to transition to a low carbon economy and embark on sustainable property developments.

 

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said Public Bank adopts a holistic approach in its environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) initiatives, beginning with its big picture approach of committing to mobilise RM48 billion in ESG-friendly financing by 2025.

 

“Proactively, we have signed several memorandums with developers which are listed on Malaysia’s stock exchange to provide a special sustainable financing package to end-finance their green developments. But we believe there is more that we can achieve with an inclusive approach, covering the SME developers. They too, are a force to be reckoned with”, Tan Sri Tay said.


As a ‘bank for the public’, Public Bank remains true to its founding philosophy since 6 August 1966 and this seminar is a testament of Public Bank’s dedication to provide awareness for the SME developers about the changing global scenario as well as the opportunity for them to be part of the climate solution.

 

During the seminar, Public Bank presented the Bank's suite of green financing facilities covering both the supply and demand side to meet the requirements of SME developers and buyers of green properties.

 

From the supply side, Public Bank is providing financing facilities for an extensive list of eligible green financing solutions including for improving energy efficiency, increasing the use of sustainable material for production and obtaining sustainability certification for SME developers through Public Bank's Green Financing Facilities and Bank Negara Malaysia’s Low Carbon Transition Facility.

 

Meanwhile from the demand side, Public Bank is providing preferential pricing and other add-on benefits for end-financing of green-certified homes, commercial buildings and industrial premises.

 

With a commendable turnout of close to 120 delegates from the SME real estate sector comprising mainly of property developers based in the Klang Valley, Public Bank had received positive feedbacks from the delegates who found the seminar beneficial and highly relevant as they had gained valuable information on how sustainability can be incorporated as part of their business strategies. Public Bank will follow through with more initiatives in the near future to raise the awareness of SMEs on climate change and ESG issues and to assist them to make greener decisions.

To find out more about Public Bank’s future events or green financing packages, log on to Public Bank’s website at www.pbebank.com or call PB Customer Service at 03-2170 8000.

 

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek (centre) interacting with the SME delegates during the seminar

 

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1
Jun 2023
Public Bank Discontinues SMS PAC Authentication for PBe and PB engage MY and Replaces it with PB SecureSign

 

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1 June 2023

 

Public Bank Discontinues SMS PAC Authentication for PBe and PB engage MY and Replaces it with PB SecureSign

 

Public Bank’s Internet (PBe) and Mobile Banking (PB engage MY) application users enjoy further security enhancement with the PB SecureSign after the discontinuation of the SMS PAC (PBe Authentication Code) since 20 April 2023 for all its transactions, including FPX transactions.

 

With the discontinuation of SMS PAC, it is now mandatory for all PBe and PB engage MY users to activate a stronger 2-factor authentication method known as the PB SecureSign for transaction approval.

 

PB SecureSign is proven effective in countering one of the fraud tactics known as APK fraud. One of the advantages of using PB SecureSign to approve transaction is its ability to display transaction details such as the beneficiary name and account number in full.

 

As part of Public Bank’s ongoing commitment to bolster online security measures, Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said Public Bank is always proactive in working hand in hand with customers to address banking security issues together.

 

“We have provided multiple avenues to facilitate customer’s transition to a more secure feature, where customers can activate the PB SecureSign via ATM, at the Bank’s branches or by contacting PBe Customer Support Helpdesk to ensure that the activation is performed by a genuine user,” Tan Sri Tay said.

 

After the activation, customers are then required to enable Push Notifications under Settings on their devices in order to approve transactions with PB SecureSign.

 

Customers are encouraged to remain vigilant in the battle against scams, and it is vital to verify every transaction details displayed before they decide to approve or reject them.

 

Preventing questionable applications from being downloaded into customers’ smart devices is vital, and customers are advised to refrain from downloading mobile applications via SMS or other messaging applications and social media platforms.

 

Furthermore, when installing any mobile application, customers must be alert not to give unnecessary permission such as access to View and Control Screen or View and Perform Actions as these will give third party full control to your mobile device.

 

Besides the discontinuation of SMS PAC and the implementation of PB SecureSign, Public Bank has introduced other counter measures recently including self-deactivation of Internet Banking access feature, call verification for PB SecureSign activation, email alert for login from a new device and increase of transfer limit, providing added security for Public Bank’s customers.

 

Public Bank remains dedicated to staying at the forefront of security best practices and will continue to invest in research and development to provide robust security features for the customers.

 

Moving forward, Public Bank will be implementing a cooling off period for PB SecureSign activation and suspicious transactions by mid-2023.

 

Meanwhile, in the event a fraud took place or if customers noticed any irregularities in their bank accounts, they can contact the 24-Hour Cyber Fraud Security Hotline 03-2177 3555 or the National Scam Response Centre at 997 which operates from 8am to 8pm daily to seek assistance.

 

Customers can also keep themselves armed with the latest frauds and scams related information by visiting Public Bank’s Online Security microsite at https://www.pbebank.com/onlinesecurity/index.html

 

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May 2023
29
May 2023
Public Bank and Perodua Ink MoC for Car Financing Facilities

 

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29 May 2023

 

Public Bank and Perodua Ink MoC for Car Financing Facilities

 

Public Bank Berhad and Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd (Perodua) signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to provide financing facilities to Perodua authorized dealers to extend wholesome financial products and services.

 

Present at the ceremony on 25 May 2023 at Menara Public Bank were Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer and Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank, Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad, President and Chief Executive Officer and En. JH Rozman Jaafar, Chief Operating Officer of Perodua, and other Senior Management staff of both companies.

 

The collaboration with Perodua will enable Public Bank to interface and facilitate digitalization via online submission of hire purchase end-financing applications to the Bank including uploading of basic application documents and tracking of application status.

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek in his speech said, “Perodua is also Malaysia’s first and biggest Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV) manufacturer. On our part, supporting the growth of the EEV industry is a key pillar of the Bank's climate agenda, where Public Bank had mobilised over RM30 billion in domestic EEV financing by the end of 2022. As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the growth of the EEV industry, Public Bank has increased its EEV lending target from RM25 billion to RM33 billion by 2025.”

 

He also added, “Thus, there is strong synergistic potential where Public Bank and Perodua can continue to work together, in not only growing our respective business, but also contributing positively toward ESG initiatives for the betterment of our society and the world.”

 

Public Bank is committed to contribute to the sustainable development of our communities and fuel the nation’s automotive industry and chart stronger progress together in years to come.

 

Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad said, this three-pronged deal addresses the need for the current and future Perodua activities.

 

“I hope this collaboration will further elevate our respective organisations to greater heights,” he said.

 

From left: Mr. Wong Man Hoe, General Manager of HP Operations Division (Public Bank)

Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Deputy CEO (Public Bank)

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and CEO (Public Bank)

Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad, President and CEO (Perodua)

En. JH Rozman Jaafar, Chief Operating Officer (Perodua)

Cik Noor Zakiyah Binti Hasan, Group CFO (Perodua)

at the signing ceremony of MoC

 

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25
May 2023
Public Bank Group Achieved Pre-Tax Profit Of RM2.21 Billion For The First Quarter Of 2023

 

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25 May 2023

 

Public Bank Group Achieved Pre-Tax Profit Of RM2.21 Billion For The First Quarter Of 2023

 

For the first quarter ended 31 March 2023, the Public Bank Group recorded pre-tax profit growth of 10.4% to RM2.21 billion, as compared with the corresponding quarter in 2022. Net profit grew at a higher rate of 22.6% to RM1.71 billion during the same period, due to the prosperity tax imposed in the previous corresponding period.  

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank commented, “The Public Bank Group continued to navigate through the challenges in the evolving operating environment and demonstrated resilience in its first quarter 2023 performance, which was mainly supported by commendable net interest income growth and lower loan impairment allowances.”

 

Net interest income increased by 7.4%, mainly led by healthy loans and deposits growth which expanded at an annualised growth rate of 5.0% and 9.1% respectively. Coupled with lower impairment allowances during the quarter, the Group sustained a resilient net return on equity of 13.6%.

 

Despite high inflationary pressure, increase in operating expenses was well under control at 4.7%, underpinned by the Group’s prudent cost management. As a result, the Group continued to achieve an efficient cost-to-income ratio of 33.1% in the first quarter of 2023.

 

Asset quality remained stable with a low gross impaired loans ratio of 0.5%. Loan impairment allowances were lower by 98.5% to RM1.5 million from RM99.7 million in the corresponding quarter of 2022.

 

Loans and Deposits Businesses

 

During the first quarter ended March 2023, the Public Bank Group maintained a healthy loan growth momentum at an annualised growth rate of 5.0% to RM381.6 billion, largely supported by the domestic loan portfolios which grew by an annualised rate of 5.4% to RM356.8 billion.

 

Domestic loan growth was mainly contributed by residential properties financing, hire purchase financing as well as SME financing, which grew at an annualised rate of 6.1%, 11.5% and 2.7% respectively. This has sustained the Group’s leading market share in the residential properties financing, hire purchase financing and domestic SME lending, which stood at 20.6%, 30.4% and 19.0% respectively.

 

The Group’s funding and liquidity position remained healthy, supported by a commendable growth in customer deposits at an annualised rate of 9.1% to RM403.7 billion. Domestic deposits rose by 10.2% on an annualised basis to RM376.5 billion, attributable to the consistent growth in retail deposits.

 

Reflecting its healthy balance sheet, the Public Bank Group continued to maintain a stable gross loan to fund and equity ratio of 80.4% as at the end of March 2023.

 

Asset Quality

 

As at the end of March 2023, the Public Bank Group continued to achieve and maintain sound and resilient asset quality as reflected in its low gross impaired loans ratio of 0.5%, a level significantly lower than the domestic banking industry’s average gross impaired loan ratio of 1.7%.

 

The Group’s loan loss coverage ratio stood comfortably at 217.8%, well above the banking industry’s loan loss coverage ratio of 95.8%. Including regulatory reserves, the Group’s loan loss coverage ratio was higher at 239.6%.

 

With the ongoing economic recovery, the Group has observed a stable repayment trend from customers. However, amidst the expected economic challenges in 2023, the Group will stay vigilant in managing its loan portfolios and will continue to provide assistance to customers who face repayment constraints.

 

Non-interest Income

 

In the first quarter of 2023, non-interest income increased marginally by 0.7% as compared with the corresponding quarter in 2022. The subdued market conditions was cushioned by the Group’s higher foreign exchange profit, stockbroking income as well as investment income.

 

The Public Bank Group’s unit trust business undertaken by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Public Mutual remained the main contributor to the Group’s non-interest income. Public Mutual recorded a pre-tax profit of RM192.6 million in the current quarter, contributing 8.7% to the Group’s profit. With total assets under management of RM94.4 billion and 179 unit trust funds being managed, Public Mutual continued to capture a large retail market share of 35.7% as at the end of March 2023.

 

Overseas Operations

 

In the first quarter of 2023, the Public Bank Group’s overseas operations contributed 8.1% to the Group’s profit, mainly attributed to its Hong Kong and Indochina operations.

 

Public Bank Vietnam and Cambodian Public Bank continued to deliver strong profit performance, as reflected in the respective double-digit profit growth of 24.5% and 59.8% year-on-year. Indochina will continue to be the Group’s key focus growth area, with continued expansion of branch network as well as broadening of products and services. The Group is targeting to open another 8 new branches in Vietnam to reach a total of 40 branches by year end.   

 

However, the operating environment for the Group’s Hong Kong operations remain uncertain and challenging despite the lifting of COVID-19 containment measures.

 

Capital and Liquidity Position

 

As at the end of March 2023, the Group remained well capitalised with common equity Tier 1 capital ratio, Tier 1 capital ratio and total capital ratio standing at 14.6%, 14.7% and 17.7% respectively. Liquidity coverage ratio also remained stable and healthy at 137.1%.

 

The Group’s capital and liquidity position has remained sound and is resilient to any potential stress condition. The Group will continue to manage its balance sheet prudently in pursuit of its banking business growth. 

 

Group’s Prospects

 

The heightened volatility in the financial markets and rising concerns about the health of banking sectors across the United States and Europe raise question on the potential risk of contagion effects. This is likely to further exert downward pressure on the world economy which is already bracing for a challenging 2023 due to elevated inflation, tightening financial conditions and geopolitical tensions. Malaysia as an open economy, will continue to face these headwinds.

 

Nevertheless, firm domestic demand underpinned by improved employment market, multi-year investment projects, Government’s policy measures and recovery in China’s economy will continue to support the Malaysian economy on the positive growth trajectory, providing a stable and conducive business environment for banking business growth.

 

Tan Sri Tay concluded, “The Public Bank Group is cognisant of the prevailing challenges and evolving landscape. The Group will remain focused on cost discipline, preservation of sound asset quality and upholding strong corporate governance to safeguard its resilience against adversity. Notwithstanding, the Group will continue to take a proactive approach in embracing growth opportunities arising from the growing economy, digital transformation as well as the growing ESG demand.”

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
Public Bank Berhad

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16
May 2023
Public Bank Customers & Merchants Can Now Enjoy the Convenience of Cross Border QR Payments with Singapore

 

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16 May 2023

 

Public Bank Customers & Merchants Can Now Enjoy the Convenience of Cross Border QR Payments with Singapore

 

Customers of Public Bank can now perform instant QR payments using its PB engage mobile application for retail transactions with Singapore merchants while PBe QR merchants are also able to receive QR payments from individuals from Singapore with the extension of the DuitNow QR Cross Border Payment Services.

 

This latest extension to Singapore since March 2023 marks a new milestone for Public Bank’s continuous support for the nation’s endeavor of providing cross border payment connectivity with other countries, beginning with Thailand in June 2021 followed by Indonesia in January 2022 of which Public Bank was one of the earliest participating bank to provide these services.

 

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said the payment linkage would further put the G20’s collective aspiration via the ‘G20 Roadmap for Enhancing Cross-border Payments’.

 

The G20 Countries together represent around 90% of global GDP, 80% of global trade, and two thirds of the world's population.

 

“This is a step closer towards providing a faster, cheaper, more inclusive and transparent cross-border payments through the creation of a linked real-time payment systems across the ASEAN region with other members of the G20 Countries. It will also serve as a key enabler to support post-pandemic economic growth and the growing economic activities between Malaysia with Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia,” Tan Sri Tay added.

 

Public Bank is one of the pioneer Banks in Malaysia to enable DuitNow QR payment to these three countries within the ASEAN region, facilitated by Payments Network Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (PayNet).

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Public Bank

 

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15
May 2023
Public Bank’s 57th Annual General Meeting Held On 15 May 2023

 

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15 May 2023

 

Public Bank’s 57th Annual General Meeting Held On 15 May 2023

 

In conjunction with Public Bank’s 57th Annual General Meeting held on 15 May 2023, the Managing Director, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek presented a review of the Public Bank Group’s performance in 2022 and the Group’s strategic direction.

 

Performance Review

 

Tan Sri Tay said, “On the back of the growing economy, the Public Bank Group achieved another profit milestone in 2022. The Group’s pre-tax profit of RM8.83 billion crossed the RM8 billion mark for the first time.  This represented a growth of 19.9% as compared to pre-tax profit of RM7.37 billion in 2021. Net profit grew by 8.2% to RM6.12 billion, after taking into account the one-off impact of prosperity tax.” As a result, earnings per share increased to 31.5 sen in 2022.

 

In 2022, the Public Bank Group’s gross loans grew by 5.3% to RM377 billion, with domestic loans growing by 5.2%. The Group continued to maintain its No.1 position in residential property and commercial property financing with market shares of 20.6% and 33.4% respectively. The Group also sustained a 30.2% market share in hire purchase financing. In the domestic small and medium enterprises (“SME”) financing, the Group remains a leading SME financier with 18.6% market share.

 

In terms of funding, the Public Bank Group’s customer deposits grew by 3.8% to RM395 billion in 2022. Domestic deposits increased at a faster pace of 4.1% to RM367 billion. This was mainly supported by current and fixed deposits growth of 5.8% and 4.2% respectively.

 

Tan Sri Tay highlighted, “In 2022, the Public Bank Group continued to outperform its banking peers. The Group is the most cost-efficient bank in Malaysia with the lowest cost to income ratio of 31.5%, as compared to the industry’s average cost to income ratio of 44.2%. In terms of asset quality, the Group remains the best amongst all Malaysian banks, with the lowest gross impaired loans ratio of 0.4%. This was significantly better than the banking industry’s gross impaired loans ratio of 1.7%. The Group continued to sustain double digit net return on equity of 12.8%, which was well above the domestic banking peers’ average net return on equity of 10.8%.”

 

The Public Bank Group’s wholly-owned unit trust management company, Public Mutual, remains a major contributor to the Group’s non-interest income. In 2022, Public Mutual recorded a pre-tax profit of RM780.4 million, contributing 8.8% to the Group’s pre-tax profit. Public Mutual continued to capture a large retail market share of 35.4%, with a total of 179 funds and total net asset value of RM91.8 billion.

 

The Public Bank Group has prudently set aside pre-emptive provisions to cushion against potential asset quality risks. As at the end of 2022, the Group’s loan loss coverage ratio stood at 272%. This was significantly higher than pre-pandemic level and the current industry’s loan loss coverage ratio of 98%. Including regulatory reserves, the Group’s loan loss coverage ratio would be even higher at 292%.

 

The Public Bank Group’s capital position remained stable and healthy with Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio of 14.6% and total capital ratio of 17.6% as at the end of 2022. The Group’s Liquidity Coverage Ratio also stood at a healthy level of 128%, above the minimum regulatory requirement of 100%.

 

Tan Sri Tay said, “In view of the Public Bank Group’s resilient financial performance in 2022, a third interim dividend of 5 sen was paid in March 2023. Together with the first interim dividend of 8 sen paid in September 2022 and second interim dividend of 4 sen paid in December 2022, shareholders would have received a total dividend of   17 sen per share for 2022. This is higher than 15.2 sen paid in 2021. The total dividends paid amounted to RM3.3 billion, representing 53.9% of the Group’s net profit for 2022. The 17 sen dividend per share also translates to a dividend yield of 3.9% based on Public Bank’s share price of RM4.32 as at the end of 2022.”

 

The Public Bank Group continues to deliver consistent and superior returns to its shareholders. The stable performance of Public Bank shares coupled with the consistent dividend payout had further increased the value for a long term shareholder.

 

With total market capitalisation of RM77.06 billion today, Public Bank is the second largest company and the largest non-government linked company on Bursa Malaysia.

 

Strategies and Directions for 2023

 

The operating environment is expected to remain challenging. The Malaysian economy is expected to grow moderately supported by resilient domestic demand. Business dynamics continue to evolve in a post pandemic business environment with increasing global economic headwinds. The global headwinds, which include high inflationary pressure and monetary policy tightening, will continue to affect the global and domestic economy. While we remain mindful of the various headwinds, we will continue to balance between maintaining sustainable growth and managing risks.

 

Tan Sri Tay commented, “In meeting these challenges, we will continue to operate efficiently and maintain prudent credit risk management. We will also sustain strong corporate governance and sound risk management practices. We strive to proactively manage any potential asset quality risks. For customers who may continue to face financial constraints, we will provide further assistance, including the necessary financial support for individuals and SMEs.”

 

We are committed to support the national sustainability commitment towards a climate-resilient economy. From establishing Climate-Related Risk Management Policy to setting up a Sustainability Roadmap, we have been making good progress in embedding ESG consideration into our operations and strategies. We have also expanded our green and ESG products and services, such as collaborating with property developers to provide financing for green properties as well as promoting financing of energy efficient vehicles. To this end, we have set new commitments to drive our sustainability goals. We target to achieve RM48 billion ESG-friendly financing by 2025, including RM15 billion financing for affordable homes. In terms of the financing for energy efficient vehicles, we have successfully mobilised RM30 billion for such financing as at the end of 2022. This achievement was ahead of our earlier target of RM25 billion by 2025. Therefore, we have increased our energy efficient vehicle financing target to RM33 billion by 2025.

 

Driving digital transformation is one of the Public Bank Group’s key focus area and part of the Group’s sustainability agenda. The Group is attentive to digital trends and changing customer behaviour, yet also mindful of the associated risks such as cybersecurity threat. With significant investments made over the years in digitalisation, the Group has expanded the range and capabilities of its digital products, channels and eco-systems to provide customers with efficient and convenient banking services. These include implementation of various initiatives for digital payment services in line with industry trend, such as DuitNow Online Banking/Wallets and PBe QR Cross Border Payment services. Public Bank’s mobile banking and internet banking, the PB engage and PBe continue to be enriched with new functions and features. In 2022, the newly registered users of the Bank’s mobile banking, the PB engage grew by a commendable 29.2%. The number of mobile banking transactions also increased by 20.9%. For the Group’s PBe online banking, the number of active users continued to maintain a steady growth of 15.1%.  The Group’s corporate online banking, the PB enterprise also registered impressive growth. In 2022, total new companies registered on PB enterprise grew by a commendable 72.5%, with number of transactions performed on PB enterprise increasing by 40.0%. 

 

For customers’ convenience, the Group has adopted innovative technology to facilitate online customer onboarding through digital channels. Going forward, the Group will continue to make significant investments in line with its digital roadmap. This will further enhance the Group’s Information and Communication Technology (“ICT”) infrastructure as well as digital capability.

 

Tan Sri Tay commented, Cybersecurity remains the Bank’s top priority to provide protection to its customers. The Bank remains vigilant in combating scams and has implemented various measures and initiatives in safeguarding its customers’ online banking transactions. A dedicated complaint channel has been established. The case management operation hours were also extended to 24 hours for customers to report online scams and fraud related matters. To raise customers’ awareness of cybercrimes, the Group has been very proactive in engaging and providing updates to customers through various communication channels. In addition, the Group has been gradually phasing out the SMS one-time password and this is being replaced with Digital Token which provide a more secure transaction.

 

In 2022, Public Bank has helped 300,000 of our customers from being scammed, by preventing close to 1 million transactions totalling about RM500 million from being fraudulently transferred into mule accounts. Public Bank was able to prevent these fraudulent transactions in a timely manner as a result of the strong system security and robust compliance culture that Public Bank has put in place. Public Bank has also implemented the ‘Kill-Switch’ function, whereby customers are able to deactivate their online banking access immediately via PBe internet banking.”

 

Tan Sri Tay has also specifically emphasised, “Customers are advised to remain vigilant at all times by never clicking on unknown links and never to disclose their banking information to anyone regardless of any threats by any callers.”

 

On the Public Bank Group’s strategic direction and outlook, Tan Sri Tay commented, “The operating environment will remain challenging in 2023. Nevertheless, the late Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow has left behind a legacy of banking excellence with solid foundation and strong corporate culture. His legacy will continue to propel the Group to greater heights.

 

The Group will remain focused on its core business segments and strive to achieve sustainable business growth. The Group will also intensify digital transformation, focus on its sustainability agenda, and continue to sustain its superior asset quality to ensure sustainable earnings growth moving forward. With the Group’s track record of stable and resilient financial performance, the Group is positive that its sound fundamentals and prudent credit practices will enable the Group to continue delivering long term value to its stakeholders.”

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

Public Bank Berhad

 

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3
May 2023
Public Bank and Public Islamic Bank To Increase Its Loan/ Financing Reference Rates By 0.25%

 

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3 May 2023

 

Public Bank and Public Islamic Bank To Increase Its Loan/ Financing Reference Rates By 0.25%

 

Public Bank will increase its Standardised Base Rate (SBR), Base Rate (BR) and Base Lending Rate (BLR) / Base Financing Rate (BFR) by 0.25% effective 8 May 2023, in line with Bank Negara Malaysia’s Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) hike by 25 basis points from 2.75% to 3.00% on 3 May 2023. The Bank’s SBR will be 3.00% in tandem with the OPR while the BR will increase to 3.52% from 3.27% and the BLR/BFR will increase to 6.72% from 6.47%.

 

At the same time, Public Bank’s fixed deposit rates will also be adjusted upwards, effective on the same date.

 

 

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April 2023
20
Apr 2023
Public Bank Contributed to TARUMT’s IRSC 2023

 

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20 April 2023

 

Public Bank Contributed to TARUMT’s IRSC 2023

 

Public Bank in supporting the students and researchers’ development of Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology (TARUMT) sponsored RM20,000 towards the International Researcher and Student Conference (IRSC) 2023.

 

The sponsorship mock cheque was presented by Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank to Prof. Ir. Dr. Lee Sze Wei, President of TARUMT on Tuesday, 18 April 2023 at Menara Public Bank.

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek in his speech during the mock cheque presentation said, “The contribution on IRSC 2023 will provide a platform for researchers and students to be acquainted with industry players. Hence, it will help the students in seeking opportunities for cross border networking and gain insights and inspiration from industry practitioners.”

 

He also added that the collaboration with TARUMT fulfils Public Bank’s commitment to serve the people and community as part of its ESG initiatives.

 

The IRSC 2023 will comprise of researcher and student conference, and aims to be a platform for participants to interact, share research findings and common values on diversity, practices of inclusivity, digital transformation, and the pursuit of sustainability through the fostering of valuable networking and relationships.

 

TARUMT Prof. Ir. Dr. Lee Sze Wei said, “The support from Public Bank will enable researchers and students to keep abreast of latest developments in business trends and research.”

 

He also thanked Public Bank as it has always been very supportive of its students through its contribution towards students’ development activities which have benefited them immensely throughout the years.

 

Prof. Ir. Dr. Lee Sze Wei (left) receiving the mock cheque from Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek (right)

 

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12
Apr 2023
Public Bank’s ‘DRIVEN TO WIN with PB Mastercard Credit Card’ Campaign Grand Prize Winner Drove Home a Brand New BMW 330e M-Sport

 

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12 April 2023

 

Public Bank’s ‘DRIVEN TO WIN with PB Mastercard Credit Card’ Campaign Grand Prize Winner Drove Home a Brand New BMW 330e M-Sport

 

Public Bank’s ‘DRIVEN TO WIN with PB Mastercard Credit Card’ campaign announced Mr. Aniki Tan as its grand prize winner when he drove home a brand new BMW 330e M-Sport.

 

The ‘DRIVEN TO WIN’ campaign, which commenced from 25 November 2022 to     28 February 2023, was aimed at promoting cashless payment using Public Bank/Public Islamic Bank Mastercard Credit Card/-i among the Cardmembers. It is Public Bank’s continuous commitment to provide seamless and convenient payment solutions to Cardmembers while rewarding them for their strong support and loyalty.

 

“It was an exciting moment for me as I have been a loyal user of PB Mastercard and every time I swipe my card, I can see myself driving this luxurious car. Thank you Public Bank for organising this campaign!” Mr. Aniki Tan said during the prize giving ceremony held at BMW Wheelcorp Premium Showroom on 7 April 2023, adding that he looks forward to participating in more of such campaigns.

 

Mr. Aniki Tan was among the 320 other winners who won the various attractive prizes including the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 (256GB), Samsung 65” Crystal UHD Smart TV, Dyson V8 Slim Fluffy+ Vacuum as well as RM88 Monthly Cash Back.

 

The campaign received a very encouraging response from Cardmembers and it was beyond expectation. Public Bank would like to congratulate all the winners and express gratitude to all Cardmembers who participated in the Campaign.

 

Public Bank will continue to initiate many more exciting campaigns to reward all valued Cardmembers. If you are not a Cardmember yet, visit the nearest Public Bank branch or apply online for The Card that Gives You More! To find out more on other on-going promotions, log on to Public Bank’s website at www.pbebank.com or call PB Customer Service at 03-2170 8000.

 

(From left) Mr. Tee Chui Chee, General Manager, Public Bank Card Services,         Mr. Aniki Tan, Grand Prize Winner and Ms. Beena Pothen, Country Manager, Mastercard Malaysia & Brunei

 

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4
Apr 2023
Public Bank Collaborates with NCSM on Cancer Awareness Programme

 

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4 April 2023

 

Public Bank Collaborates with NCSM on Cancer Awareness Programme

 

Public Bank has embarked on a CSR collaboration programme with National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) by sponsoring RM150,000 towards the Colorectal Cancer awareness programme.

 

The sponsorship mock cheque was presented by Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank to Dr. Murallitharam Munisamy, Managing Director of NCSM on Tuesday, 21 March 2023 at Menara Public Bank.

 

During the cheque presentation Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said, “We hope that this collaboration will help create greater awareness on cancer diseases and ultimately bring positive impact in reducing cancer cases in our country.”

 

He added, “The collaboration is also proof of Public Bank’s commitment to strengthen our Environmental Social Governance (ESG) initiatives in serving the people and community which will continue to be important considerations for businesses and focus in achieving a sustainable and positive impact on the community, where the Bank operates.”

 

Since colorectal cancer is second most common cancer in Malaysia for all genders after breast cancer, Public Bank hopes the programme will be able to help improve the survival rate amongst the lower income community by increasing access to early screening which would help in the detection of the growth of before they develop into cancer which eventually can save lives and increase the survival rate.

 

NCSM Managing Director Dr. M. Murallitharan thanked Public Bank for their continuous support towards fighting cancer. He said, “The donation from Public Bank will be channelled towards increasing awareness of colorectal cancer and education of healthy eating habit to combat the disease.”

 

“Our team will also be on ground conducting a series of programme which will benefit the public at large, particularly the lower income B40 group for early screening, education and adopting healthy lifestyle to minimise the risk of colorectal cancer,” said Dr. M. Murallitharan.

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and CEO of Public Bank presenting the mock cheque to Dr. M. Murallitharan Munisamy, Managing Director of NCSM and witnessed by Mr. Yeap Chong Wei, NCSM Marketing Director

 

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March 2023
30
Mar 2023
Public Bank Promotes Scam Awareness during Selangor World Kidney Day 2023

 

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 30 March 2023

 

Public Bank Promotes Scam Awareness during Selangor World Kidney Day 2023

 

In conjunction with the World Kidney Day, Public Bank participated in the Selangor state level event organised by Hospital Serdang in collaboration with National Kidney Foundation at the IOI City Mall Putrajaya on 12 March 2023.

 

Public Bank sponsored RM12,000 for the event as a contribution towards community empowerment that we hope to enrich the knowledge and understanding regarding nephrology causes and diseases and how to protect our kidney and improve the quality of life.

 

Public Bank took the opportunity to create greater awareness amongst the public in combating scam and fraud at the one-day event.  Considering that scams and frauds are presently a major issue in the community, the Public Bank booth attracted a lot of interest amongst the public.

 

The guest-of-honour, Dr. Zaliha Mustafa, Minister of Health paid a visit to our booth and were briefed on the prevalent types of modus operandi of the scammers and fraudsters, how to stay alert and vigilant in protecting oneself and what should be done in the event you become a victim.

 

Public Bank has been proactive in promoting anti-scam awareness through various roadshows and social media platforms such as PBe Online Security Survey, PeeBee Tips, Pop Up Light Box (an interactive customer education material), E-mail blast and Online Banners to educate customers on the latest security advisories of online banking. The security measures are published through various channels such as Public Bank Website, PB engage, WeChat, YouTube, Branch's Digital Display and Social Media platform. As a continuous effort in providing safe and secure ecosystem to customers, the Bank constantly publish the latest preventive measures in Online Security Microsite.

 

In the meantime, customers can visit the Public Bank’s Online Security Microsite at https://www.pbebank.com/onlinesecurity/index.html and by staying informed, will help to keep scams and frauds at bay. In the event a suspicious fraud and scam is taking place or if customers notice any irregularities in their bank accounts, they can contact the Case Management Hotline at 03-2177 3555 to seek assistance.

 

Y.B. Dr. Zaliha Mustafa in front of Public Bank booth

 

Y.B. Dr. Zaliha Mustafa, Minister of Health being briefed about scams and fraud by Public Bank officer

 

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7
Mar 2023
Public Bank Offers Loan Repayment Relief Of Up To 6 Months Repayment Moratorium For Customers Affected By Floods
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7 March 2023
 
Public Bank Offers Loan Repayment Relief Of Up To 6 Months Repayment Moratorium For Customers Affected By Floods

Public Bank and Public Islamic Bank are offering repayment relief for loan and financing customers who have been affected by the recent floods in several states in Malaysia.

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek said, “Public Bank stands ready to support customers who have been affected by the massive floods. The repayment relief would alleviate their financial burden and also help them to restore their livelihood.”

The repayment relief includes:
 
  1. Deferment of monthly instalment for loan and financing of up to 6 months, on a request basis. The repayment relief is applicable to loan and financing facilities such as house financing, hire purchase and credit cards for individual customers, as well as SME loan and financing for affected local businesses.
  2. Waiver of charges on the replacement of banking related documents, such as bank cards and passbooks that have been destroyed or lost in the floods.  
  3. Collaborating with Lonpac Insurance Bhd in facilitating and expediting claims to be made by the affected customers on losses covered by insurance policies underwritten by Lonpac.
On top of that, SMEs and micro enterprises affected by floods located in districts identified by Agensi Pengurusan Bencana Negara as flood disaster areas are also eligible to apply for the Bank Negara Malaysia’s Disaster Relief Facility of which Public Bank is a participating financial institution.

This facility is for the purpose of repairs and/or replacement of assets for business use, such as plants and machinery which have been damaged by floods, as well as for working capital purposes.

Contacts

Customers who require the repayment relief as well as more information may visit our Public Bank branches or contact the Bank’s general line at 03-21708000.

For insurance claims related matters, affected customers can contact Lonpac at 03-2262 8688.
 
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February 2023
27
Feb 2023
Public Bank Group Achieved Pre-Tax Profit Of RM8.83 Billion For 2022 And Declared 5.0 Sen Third Interim Dividend 

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27 February 2023
 
Public Bank Group Achieved Pre-Tax Profit Of RM8.83 Billion For 2022 And Declared 5.0 Sen Third Interim Dividend                                                 
 
For the financial year 2022, the Public Bank Group’s pre-tax profit increased by 19.9% to RM8.83 billion, surpassing the RM8 billion mark for the first time. Net profit attributable to shareholders increased by 8.2% to RM6.12 billion after taking into account the one-off impact of prosperity tax.
 
The Group sustained a resilient net return on equity of 12.8% and efficient cost-to-income ratio of 31.5%. On asset quality, gross impaired loans ratio remained low and healthy at 0.4% as at the end of 2022.
 
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank announced that, In view of the resilient financial performance in 2022, the Board of Directors of Public Bank declared a third interim dividend of 5.0 sen per share.”
 
Operating Results
 
In 2022, the Public Bank Group delivered an operating profit before loan impairment and other allowances of RM9.20 billion, representing 7.3% growth as compared with 2021. This was attributed to a commendable net interest income growth of 10.2% due to the healthy loans and deposits growth, coupled with the improvement in net interest margin arising from the OPR hikes.
 
Non-interest income was lower by 7.7%, due mainly to the weak market conditions stemming from high inflationary pressure, tightening of global policy measures and a slowdown in major economies.
 
Operating expenses increased by 6.8%, reflecting the resumption of many business activities following the full reopening of the economy in 2022.
 
Loan impairment allowances were lower by 69.6% as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit cost stood at 10 basis points in 2022, showing an improvement as compared with 34 basis points in the previous financial year.
 
Accordingly, the Public Bank Group recorded an increase of 19.9% in profit before tax to RM8.83 billion.
 
Loans and Deposits Businesses
 
In 2022, the Public Bank Group’s total loans expanded by 5.3% to RM376.9 billion. Domestic loans grew by 5.2% to RM352.1 billion, mainly contributed by growth in residential properties financing of 7.5% and hire purchase financing of 8.9%. Total domestic loans approval rose by 18.8% in 2022, further strengthening the Group’s leading market share in the residential properties and hire purchase financing which stood at 20.6% and 30.2% respectively. The Group also continued to maintain a leading market share of 18.6% in the domestic SME lending.
 
On deposits business, total customer deposits grew by 3.8% to RM394.7 billion in 2022. Domestic deposits rose by 4.1% to RM367.1 billion, mainly supported by current accounts and fixed deposits which grew by 5.8% and 4.2% respectively.
 
The Public Bank Group continued to maintain a healthy balance sheet with a gross loan to fund and equity ratio of 81.1% as at the end of 2022.
 
Asset Quality
 
As at the end of 2022, the Public Bank Group continued to sustain a resilient gross impaired loans ratio of 0.4%, significantly lower than the domestic banking industry’s average gross impaired loan ratio of 1.7%.
 
The Group’s loan loss coverage ratio stood at 272.0%, well above the banking industry’s loan loss coverage ratio of 98.2%. Including regulatory reserves, the Group’s loan loss coverage ratio was higher at 291.8%.
 
The Malaysian economy remained on track in post pandemic recovery and the Group continued to observe a stable repayment trend from customers. While challenges remain in the economy, the Group will continue to monitor closely the repayment trend and is fully committed to continue providing assistance to customers who require further support.
 
Non-interest Income
 
In 2022, non-interest income was lower by 7.7% on the back of weak market conditions. Nevertheless, foreign exchange business achieved commendable growth of 21.0%.
 
In 2022, the Public Bank Group’s unit trust business undertaken by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Public Mutual remained the main contributor to the Group’s non-interest income. Public Mutual recorded a pre-tax profit of RM780.4 million in 2022, contributing 8.8% to the Group’s profit. As at the end of December 2022, Public Mutual continued to capture a large retail market share of 35.4%, with a total of 179 unit trust funds and total assets under management of RM91.8 billion.
 
Overseas Operations
 
In 2022, the Public Bank Group’s overseas operations contributed 7.5% to the Group’s profit, mainly attributed to its Hong Kong and Indochina operations.
 
In 2022, Public Bank Vietnam achieved a profit growth of 23.4%, while Cambodian Public Bank recorded profit growth of 17.9%. To continue capturing good growth opportunities in Indochina, the Public Bank Group will continue to expand its branch network in the region. In Vietnam, following the opening of 3 new branches in 2022, the Group is targeting to open another 8 new branches in 2023 to reach a total of 40 branches. The Group will also continue to expand its range of banking products and services in Vietnam.
 
Capital and Liquidity Position
 
The Public Bank Group will continue to be proactive in its capital management to ensure an optimum level of capital is being maintained at all times to support its business growth. As at the end of December 2022, the Group’s capital position remained healthy with common equity Tier 1 capital ratio, Tier 1 capital ratio and total capital ratio standing at 14.6%, 14.6% and 17.6% respectively, after deducting the third interim dividend. Liquidity coverage ratio also remained stable and healthy at 127.7%.
 
Dividend
 
The Board of Directors declared a third interim dividend of 5.0 sen per share. The third interim dividend will be paid on 22 March 2023 based on the dividend entitlement date of 14 March 2023. Together with the total of first and second interim dividend of 12.0 sen per share declared earlier, the full year dividend for 2022 amounts to 17.0 sen. This represents a total dividend payout of RM3.30 billion or 53.9% of the Group’s net profit for 2022.
 
Group’s Prospects
 
Malaysia’s economic growth in 2023 is projected to remain on a positive trajectory supported by resilient domestic demand. However, global headwinds caused by elevated inflationary pressure, tighter monetary policy conditions, persistent supply disruption and geopolitical tensions are likely to continue to weigh on the economy.   
 
Tan Sri Tay said, “The persisting economic challenges will continue to have spillover effects on the banking sector. Consumer and business sentiments will continue to be affected by the high inflationary pressure and softening global growth. However, outlook on the Malaysian economy remains positive, and this will continue to support a conducive environment for banking business growth.
 
As the Group continues to grow its retail and commercial banking business, it will remain focused on digital transformation, sustainability agenda as well as staff upskilling and reskilling, to ensure sustainable earnings growth and safeguard stakeholders’ interests at all times.”
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
Public Bank Berhad

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24
Feb 2023
Comments On The Budget 2023
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24 February 2023
Comments On The Budget 2023

The coming year will continue to be one fraught with challenges, as stubborn inflationary pressures and consequent monetary tightening globally will lead to weaker consumption spending and slower economic activity. To this end however, all stakeholders of the nation must stand united as we work on driving Malaysia forward in this post-pandemic era towards a more sustainable period of stronger growth. We are most encouraged by the Government’s lead and refreshed vision in setting out a new course with this re-tabled Budget 2023 expenditure plan.
 
The Public Bank Group has steadfastly and actively facilitated growth of the nation through the years. We remain committed on intensifying our efforts further as Malaysia works on regaining its footing as an economic powerhouse and high-income nation within the region. Equally important however is the nation’s future being safeguarded through the exercise of prudence over finances, and we are encouraged to note that the government is prioritising the lowering of its budget deficit on a path to sustainable growth with a lower expenditure bill of RM386.1 billion.
 
The Honourable Prime Minister’s MADANI policy framework encompassing the spirit of inclusiveness is evident in 35.2% or about RM136 billion allocated for programmes and projects under the social sector and 19.1% or about RM74 billion towards reshaping the economic landscape of the country. This will continue to ensure income gap between the Rakyat and the development gap among the states are reduced further.
 
Government agencies’ continued provision of financing and guarantees amounting to RM40 billion for the benefit of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), Bank Negara Malaysia’s RM10 billion financing facility for SMEs and guarantees of up to RM20 billion provided by Syarikat Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan (SJPP) will provide much needed lifts to businesses.
 
The government’s allocation of RM8 billion towards Sumbangan Tunai Rahmah (STR) will help alleviate difficulties of 8.7 million people in the B40 category burdened by rising living costs. Personal income tax cuts amounting to RM900 million will see at least 2.4 million people in the M40 category benefitting. In a surprising but highly-compassionate move, the government will deposit RM500 into the accounts of Employee Provident Fund contributors aged between 40 and 54 with savings of less than RM10,000 in their accounts, expected to benefit 2 million members, involving an allocation of RM1 billion. In short, Budget 2023 is broad base and adequately addresses the current needs of all strata of society. Issues like food security and preparedness for natural disasters are also being addressed, in addition to infrastructure spending covering healthcare and education, and digital infrastructures to address development and digital gaps.
 
Climate change is no longer a topic reserved for conversations of scholars, activists or conservationists, its damaging effects already evident here in Malaysia in recent years with distinct changes in weather patterns and unprecedented flooding in areas never seen before, amongst others. On this note, the Government’s continued focus on sustainability-based initiatives in Budget 2023 is lauded, with ongoing emphasis given towards enhancing green investments and projects in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The Public Bank Group reaffirms its commitment in partnering the government and various stakeholders towards advancing these agendas.
 
We continue to be fully supportive of the government’s initiatives as laid out in Budget 2023, a well-thought and comprehensive plan which we believe will strengthen the country’s post-pandemic recovery while also enhancing the well-being of the Rakyat.
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Tay Ah Lek
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
Public Bank Berhad

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15
Feb 2023
Public Islamic Bank Partners with Itramas Technology Sdn Bhd for Installation and Financing of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Renowned Local Brand Jeruk Madu Pak Ali

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15 February 2023
 
Public Islamic Bank Partners with Itramas Technology Sdn Bhd for Installation and Financing of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Renowned Local Brand Jeruk Madu Pak Ali
 
In its continuous effort to promote green financing facilities, Public Islamic Bank Berhad has successfully completed the financing of Solar PV Systems for a renowned local brand Jeruk Madu Pak Ali at its parent company Pak Ali Food Industries Sdn Bhd’s main factory located in Simpang Ampat, Pulau Pinang.          
 
Jeruk Madu Pak Ali is an established brand name started by the company’s founder, the late Haji Ali bin Haji Omar in 1985. The “Pak Ali” brand is amongst the biggest retailers of preserved fruits in Malaysia, with presence in almost all states across the nation.  
 
The Solar panel system was installed by Itramas Technology Sdn Bhd, one of the Bank’s panel Solar companies with the installed size of 182.52 kWp and is expected to benefit the company a potential savings of up to 80% on electricity. Pak Ali Food group of companies will gradually convert to solar panel systems to take advantage of the long term savings and incentives under this scheme, while also supporting the ESG proposition.
 
Public Islamic Bank has been aggressively promoting Solar financing for both residential and commercial sectors. The Solar financing program is among the many initiatives undertaken by the Bank to contribute positively towards the well-being of our society as part of its Value Based Intermediation (VBI) related products and services.
 
In supporting the nation’s agenda towards realising the net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Public Islamic Bank will continuously play its role as financial institution that provides a wide range of green financing offerings for both retail and commercial customers.

For further details, customers may visit any of PBB/PIBB branches, log on to PIBB’s website at www.publicislamicbank.com.my or call the toll-free number at 1-800-22-7777 during normal working hours. Terms and conditions apply.

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January 2023
9
Jan 2023
Customers and Merchants Stand to Win Cash Prizes when They Use Public Bank’s QR Cross Border Payment Linking Thailand and Indonesia

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9 January 2023

 

Customers and Merchants Stand to Win Cash Prizes when They Use Public Bank’s QR Cross Border Payment Linking Thailand and Indonesia

 

Public Bank, in collaboration with Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PayNet) launched the DuitNow QR Cross Border Payment Campaign to promote usage of Public Bank’s QR Cross Border Payment, applicable for transactions between Malaysia and Thailand (for both Outbound and Inbound Categories) and between Malaysia and Indonesia (For Inbound Category).

 

For Public Bank customers travelling to Thailand, they will be enrolled in the campaign for the outbound payment category when they perform QR payments by scanning a PromptPay QR in Thailand using their PBe mobile banking app. Meanwhile, Malaysia’s local SMEs merchants will be enrolled in the campaign for the inbound payment category when they accept QR payment from Thai and Indonesian travellers.

 

Public Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Tay Ah Lek said the campaign will further boost the usage amongst travellers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia who appreciate cashless payment connectivity.

 

“We are pleased to announce this collaboration with our long-time partner, PayNet. We believe that these campaigns will bring even better value to our customers. The campaign signifies the Bank’s continuous commitment to enriching its value propositions with consumer-centric offerings, and we look forward to more collaborations with PayNet to offer further payment systems innovation and convenience for our customers,” Tan Sri Tay said.

 

For the outbound category, more than 100 cash prizes await customers with the highest volume of transactions during the period from 14 November 2022 to 14 February 2023 with the first prize being RM3,000, while for the inbound category, more than 50 cash prizes await merchants with the highest volume of transactions during the period from 5 December 2022 to 5 March 2023, with the first prize being RM7,000.

 

To participate in the campaign for the outbound payment category, customers need to subscribe as PB engage users to scan on participating PromptPay QR in Thailand with a minimum spend of RM30. Meanwhile, for the inbound category, merchants in Malaysia are required to subscribe as PBe QR merchants and accumulate a minimum transactional value of RM250 from Thai and Indonesian customers.

 

As the first Bank in Malaysia to collaborate with PayNet to implement DuitNow QR cross-border payment since June last year, it again became the first Bank to extend its services to allow Public Bank merchants to accept payment from overseas payers while allowing PBe mobile banking users to perform QR payments to merchants overseas.

 

With the successful launch of Cross Border QR payment linkage with Thailand in mid-2021 and Indonesia in the first quarter of 2022, Public Bank will be launching the next Cross Border QR payment linkage with Singapore by the first quarter of 2023.

 

This campaign is opened to all Malaysian or Malaysian residents who have Public Bank accounts. Terms and conditions apply and for more information on the campaign, customers can visit https://www.pbebank.com/.
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