BNP Paribas (EU:BNP)
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--BNP cut its 2020 targets for revenue growth and profitability amid weak revenue at its investment bank arm
--The bank plans additional cost cuts of EUR600 million
--Fourth-quarter net profit rose 1.1% to EUR1.44 billion
By Pietro Lombardi
Shares in BNP Paribas SA (BNP.FR) fell in early trade after the bank cut its 2020 revenue growth and profitability targets and vowed to increase cost savings as weak trading revenue hit its investment bank arm in the last quarter of 2018.
BNP shares trade 2.8% lower at 0839 GMT after opening more than 3% lower, and are down 37% over the past 12 months.
France's largest listed bank by assets now sees revenue growth of 1.5% per year between 2016 and 2020, down from a previous guidance of 2.5%, it said Wednesday. It also lowered the guidance for 2020 return on equity--a key measure of profitability--to 9.5% from 10%.
BNP increased its recurring cost savings target to EUR3.3 billion ($3.77 billion) from 2020, up from a previous target of EUR2.7 billion. Of the additional EUR600 million, roughly EUR350 million will come from its corporate and institutional banking unit, it said.
"The group is committed to its 2020 ambition and implements further savings to significantly improve operating efficiency in all the operating divisions as early as 2019," Chief Executive Jean-Laurent Bonnafe said.
The performance of its domestic markets and international financial services divisions are in line with the bank's plan, it said. However, the unfavorable environment requires an intensification of the transformation of the CIB unit, BNP said.
The CIB unit's revenue fell 7.5% last year, with the bank pointing to a lackluster market context and very challenging conditions at the end of the year. Revenue at the division declined 9.4% in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier, hit by extreme market conditions at the end of the year. Global markets revenue fell 40% in the quarter, with equity revenue down 70% on year, hit by extreme market movements at the end of the year on the valuation of inventories and a loss on index derivative hedging in the United States. Fixed-income, currencies and commodities revenue were down 15% amid a lackluster market, in particular on rates and credit, BNP said.
Net profit for the quarter rose 1.1% on year to EUR1.44 billion, while revenue fell 3.5% to EUR10.16 billion.
Net profit for the year declined 3% to EUR7.53 billion and revenue was down 1.5% to EUR42.52 billion.
The results showed some weaknesses, including at the bank's corporate and institutional banking business and its Belgian operations, Citi said.
"We expect the market to focus on the updated plan and welcome the effort on cost and CIB restructuring, while the lower revenues target [..] is in line with consensus," BNP said.
The bank said it would propose a dividend of EUR3.02 per share, stable compared with the previous year.
BNP's core Tier 1 capital ratio--a key measure of capital strength--rose to 11.8% in December from 11.7% in September. It now targets a ratio of at least 12% in 2020, compared with a previous guidance of 12%.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
February 06, 2019 04:13 ET (09:13 GMT)
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