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BLX Banco Latinoamericano De Comercio Exterior

Filed: 29 Jul 21, 8:00pm

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 6-K

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 UNDER THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Long Form of Press Release

 

Commission File Number 1-11414

 

BANCO LATINOAMERICANO DE COMERCIO EXTERIOR, S.A.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its Charter)

 

FOREIGN TRADE BANK OF LATIN AMERICA, INC.

(Translation of Registrant’s name into English)

 

Business Park Torre V, Ave. La Rotonda, Costa del Este

P.O. Box 0819-08730

Panama City, Republic of Panama

(Address of Registrant’s Principal Executive Offices)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

 

Form 20-F x Form 40-F ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1):

 

Yes ¨ No x

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(7):

 

Yes ¨ No x

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: July 29, 2021

 

 FOREIGN TRADE BANK OF LATIN AMERICA, INC.
 (Registrant)
  
 By:  /s/ Ana Graciela de Méndez
   
 Name:Ana Graciela de Méndez
 Title: CFO

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLADEX ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER 2021 PROFIT OF $14.1 MILLION, OR $0.36 PER SHARE,
ON IMPROVED CORE REVENUES AND CREDIT PORTFOLIO GROWTH

 

PANAMA CITY, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA, July 28, 2021

 

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. (NYSE: BLX, “Bladex”, or “the Bank”), a Panama-based multinational bank originally established by the central banks of 23 Latin-American and Caribbean countries to promote foreign trade and economic integration in the Region, today announced its results for the Second Quarter (“2Q21”) and six months (“6M21”) ended June 30, 2021.

 

The consolidated financial information in this document has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”).

 

FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT

  

(US$ million, except percentages and per share amounts)  2Q21   1Q21   2Q20   6M21   6M20 
Key Income Statement Highlights                    
Net Interest Income ("NII") $21.0  $18.9  $21.7  $39.9  $47.5 
Fees and commissions, net $4.3  $3.0  $1.9  $7.3  $5.0 
Gain (loss) on financial instruments, net $0.2  $(0.1) $(3.9) $0.2  $(4.3)
Total revenues $25.6  $22.0  $19.9  $47.6  $48.7 
(Provision) reversal for credit losses $(1.4) $0.0  $2.6  $(1.4) $2.7 
Operating expenses $(10.1) $(9.1) $(8.3) $(19.3) $(18.8)
Profit for the period $14.1  $12.8  $14.1  $26.9  $32.4 
Profitability Ratios                    
Earnings per Share ("EPS") (1) $0.36  $0.32  $0.36  $0.68  $0.82 
Return on Average Equity (“ROAE”) (2)  5.4%  5.0%  5.5%  5.2%  6.4%
Return on Average Assets (“ROAA”)  0.8%  0.8%  0.8%  0.8%  1.0%
Net Interest Margin ("NIM") (3)  1.27%  1.24%  1.28%  1.26%  1.43%
Net Interest Spread ("NIS") (4)  1.11%  1.04%  1.01%  1.08%  1.09%
Efficiency Ratio (5)  39.6%  41.6%  41.5%  40.5%  38.7%
Assets, Capital, Liquidity & Credit Quality                    
Credit Portfolio (6) $6,531  $6,097  $5,011  $6,531  $5,011 
Commercial Portfolio (7) $6,008  $5,708  $4,915  $6,008  $4,915 
Investment Portfolio $523  $389  $96  $523  $96 
Total assets $6,723  $6,375  $6,627  $6,723  $6,627 
Total equity $1,031  $1,037  $1,022  $1,031  $1,022 
Market capitalization (8) $605  $601  $456  $605  $456 
Tier 1 Capital to risk-weighted assets (Basel III – IRB) (9)  23.6%  26.3%  24.8%  23.6%  24.8%
Capital Adequacy Ratio (Regulatory) (10)  18.2%  19.4%  22.1%  18.2%  22.1%
Total assets / Total equity (times)  6.5   6.1   6.5   6.5   6.5 
Liquid Assets / Total Assets (11)  14.9%  15.6%  29.6%  14.9%  29.6%
Credit-impaired loans to Loan Portfolio (12)  0.20%  0.21%  0.00%  0.20%  0.00%
Total allowance for losses to Credit Portfolio (13)  0.71%  0.73%  0.95%  0.71%  0.95%
Total allowance for losses to credit-impaired loans (times) (13)  4.4   4.2   n.m.   4.4   n.m. 
"n.m." means not meaningful.                    

 

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

 

·Bladex’s Profit increased 10% QoQ (Stable YoY) to $14.1 million for the 2Q21, driven by solid quarterly revenue growth (+17% QoQ) from increased Net Interest Income (“NII”) on higher average credits, and from an uplift in Fees.

 

·The Bank’s Profit for 6M21 totaled $26.9 million, down 17% YoY, mostly impacted by the net effect of lower Libor-based market rates on the Bank’s assets and liabilities, reducing NII by 16% YoY.

 

·Commercial Portfolio reached $6 billion at quarter-end, up 5% QoQ and 22% YoY, on a continued quarterly growth trend since a year ago, having increased lending origination by 11% QoQ and by 205% YoY.

 

 

 

 

 

·The Bank maintains its collection rate of close to 100% on loan maturities, evidencing the high quality of its borrower base of financial institutions (49%) and sovereign and state-owned corporations (18%), as well as the short-term nature of its business (78% maturing in less than a year).

 

·Growth in the Investment Portfolio (+34% QoQ) continues to be well diversified and predominantly investment grade rated, propelled by a 72% QoQ increase in Latin American securities complementing the Bank’s Loan Portfolio, in addition to a stable high quality liquid asset (“HQLA”) bond portfolio aimed to enhance liquidity yields.

 

·NII increased 11% QoQ to $21 million in 2Q21, mainly on higher average lending volumes (+12% QoQ) and lower average funding costs (-17 bps QoQ), partly offset by the continued downward pressure of lending rates (-23 pbs QoQ). Tighter lending spreads, reaching pre-pandemic levels, relate to sustained solid credit quality and ample market liquidity.

 

·On a YoY comparison, NII was down 3%, as the positive volume net effect driven by an improved interest-earning asset mix, with increased average loans and investments and decreased cash position, was offset by the impact of lower Libor-based market rates.

 

·Fees and commissions income totaled $4.3 million for 2Q21, up 41% QoQ and 120% YoY, due to the sustained positive trend in the Bank’s letters of credit business, along with the return of loan syndications activity.

 

·Asset quality remains sound, with credit-impaired loans (“NPLs”) representing 0.2% of total loans at June 30, 2021. Provision for credit losses of $1.4 million in 2Q21 mostly relate to strong credit origination, having 96% of total credits classified as Stage 1 (low risk) under IFRS 9.

 

·Bladex´s liquidity position stood at $999 million, or 15% of total assets as of June 30, 2021, supported by its sound and well diversified funding structure, led by steady growth of its deposit base (+5 QoQ; +16% YoY).

 

·As of June 30, 2021, the Bank´s capitalization remained solid with a Tier 1 Basel III Capital Ratio of 23.6% and a Regulatory Capital Adequacy Ratio of 18.2%. Ongoing Stock Repurchase has been executed as planned since mid-May 2021, having repurchased 728 thousand shares for a total of $11.2 million as of the date of this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEO’s Comments

 

Mr. Jorge Salas, Bladex’s Chief Executive Officer said: “Despite a slow vaccine rollout for most countries and daily new infections having peaked only a month ago, growth in the Region is starting to regain traction as the economies reopen, commodity prices hit record levels and remittances are also at record highs. In fact, just yesterday the IMF revised for the second time this year, its growth projection for 2021 for Latin America from 4.6% in April to 5.8%, with the two largest economies in the Region, Mexico and Brazil, growing at 6.3% and 5.3% respectively this year. Latam trade flows are expected to grow 21% in 2021, as world growth, especially in the U.S. and China, is fueling trade flows. In this context, second quarter results improved, with consistent growth and pristine asset quality, as we grew our loan and investment portfolios for the fourth consecutive quarter, while keeping asset quality sound with only 0.2% of NPLs to total loans. Most of the growth was once again, related to the recent commodity boom, which is associated to both prices and volumes. Revenues increased by 17% and net profit also rose 10% with respect to the previous quarter.”

 

Mr. Salas added: “To further align our organizational structure and enhance our execution capabilities, during the second quarter, we created a new executive VP of Strategy to coordinate strategic planning and lead a project management office. New value-added structured services, that were driven by this new unit, are already in place. I am also pleased to report that the share buyback plan of up to $60 million announced last quarter, is being executed as planned and that the Board of Director decided to maintain the quarterly dividend of 25 cents per share.”

 

Mr. Salas concluded: “We believe the Bank’s sustained growth trend is very relevant, and remain confident that there is ample room to continue this trend as the Region recovers. We stand cautiously optimistic and are well positioned to make the best of the many opportunities that keep arising.”

 

RESULTS BY BUSINESS SEGMENT

 

The Bank’s activities are managed and executed through two business segments, Commercial and Treasury. Information related to each reportable segment is set out below. Business segment results are based on the Bank’s managerial accounting process, which assigns assets, liabilities, revenue and expense items to each business segment on a systemic basis.

 

COMMERCIAL BUSINESS SEGMENT

 

The Commercial Business Segment encompasses the Bank’s core business of financial intermediation and fee generation activities developed to cater to corporations, financial institutions and investors in Latin America. These activities include the origination of bilateral short-term and medium-term loans, structured and syndicated credits, loan commitments, and financial guarantee contracts such as issued and confirmed letters of credit, stand-by letters of credit, guarantees covering commercial risk, and other assets consisting of customers’ liabilities under acceptances.

 

Profits from the Commercial Business Segment include (i) net interest income from loans; (ii) fees and commissions from the issuance, confirmation and negotiation of letters of credit, guarantees and loan commitments, as well as through loan structuring and syndication activities; (iii) gain on sale of loans generated through loan intermediation activities, such as sales and distribution in the primary market; (iv) gain (loss) on sale of financial instruments measured at FVTPL; (v) reversal (provision) for credit losses, (vi) gain (loss) on non-financial assets; and (vii) direct and allocated operating expenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bladex’s maintained its Commercial Portfolio’s quarterly growth trend since a year ago, propelled by the Region’s recovery, reaching $6.0 billion at the end of 2Q21, a 5% QoQ increase compared to $5.7 billion a quarter ago, and a 22% YoY increase compared to a year ago. Quarterly increases were mainly driven by higher lending origination (+11% QoQ; +205% YoY), with tighter lending spreads at pre-Covid levels due to sustained solid credit quality and ample market liquidity. Meanwhile, during 2Q21 the Bank maintains its collection rate of close to 100% on loan maturities, evidencing the high quality of the Bank’s borrower base and short-term nature of its business. On an average basis, Commercial Portfolio balances reached $6.1 billion for the 2Q21 (+12% QoQ; +16% YoY) and $5.7 billion for the first 6M21 (stable YoY), also evidencing the steady growth during the year.

 

As of June 30, 2021, 78% of the Commercial Portfolio was scheduled to mature within a year, up 1 pp compared from the previous quarter and up 7 pp from a year ago. Trade finance transactions represented 62% of the short-term origination, up 5 pp compared to a quarter ago and up 10 pp compared to a year ago.

 

The following graphs illustrate the geographic distribution of the Bank’s Commercial Portfolio, highlighting the portfolio´s risk diversification by country and across industry segments, as of June 30, 2021:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bladex’s credit quality remains sound with a well-diversified exposure across countries. As of June 30, 2021, 43% of the Commercial Portfolio was geographically distributed in investment grade countries, down 14 pp from the previous quarter and 15 pp from a year ago, mostly explained by the Bank´s decision to classify Colombia, the Bank’s second largest country-risk exposure at 12% of the Commercial Portfolio, as non-investment grade following the recent downgrades by two main credit rating agencies, even though Colombia is still rated investment grade by one of the major credit rating agencies. Brazil continues to represent the largest country-risk exposure at 20% of the total Commercial Portfolio, of which 89% was with financial institutions. Other relevant country-risk exposures were to investment grade countries such as Mexico and Chile at 10% and top-rated countries outside of Latin America (which relates to transactions carried out in Latin America) at 9% of the total portfolio.

 

The Commercial Portfolio by industries also remained well-diversified and focused on high quality borrowers, as exposure to the Bank’s traditional client base of financial institutions represented 49% of the total Commercial Portfolio, and exposure to sovereign and state-owned corporations remained at 18% of the total portfolio at the end of 2Q21. The remainder of the portfolio comprises top tier corporates throughout the Region. Across corporate sectors, most industries represented 5% or less of the total Commercial Portfolio, except for certain sectors that the Bank considers as defensive under the current context supported by higher commodity prices and LatAm trade flows, such as Oil & Gas (Downstream) at 9%, Food and beverage at 7%, Electric power and Metal manufacturing at 6% of the Commercial Portfolio at the end of 2Q21. In addition, high risk sectors, such as sugar and airline industries, remained downsized at 1% and 0.8% of the total portfolio at the end of 2Q21, respectively.

 

Refer to Exhibit IX for additional information related to the Bank’s Commercial Portfolio distribution by country, and Exhibit XI for the Bank’s distribution of loan disbursements by country.

 

(US$ million)  2Q21  1Q21  2Q20  QoQ (%)  YoY (%)  6M21  6M20  YoY (%) 
Commercial Business Segment:                           
Net interest income $20.5 $18.7 $20.9  9% -2% $39.2  $45.7  -14%
Other income  4.5  3.3  (0.8)  38% 667%  7.7   2.6  202%
Total revenues  25.0  22.0  20.1  14% 24%  46.9   48.2  -3%
(Provision) reversal for credit losses  (1.0)  0.0  2.6  n.m.  -140%  (1.0)  2.7  -137%
Gain (loss) on non-financial assets, net  0.0  0.0  (0.1)  n.m.  100%  0.0   (0.1)  100%
Operating expenses  (7.9)  (7.1)  (6.3)  -10% -26%  (15.0)  (13.6)  -10%
Profit for the segment $16.0 $14.9 $16.3  8% -2% $30.9  $37.2  -17%

 

"n.m." means not meaningful.                                

 

The Commercial Business Segment’s Profit was $16.0 million for 2Q21 (+8% QoQ; -2% YoY). The 8% quarterly increase was mostly attributable to higher revenues (+14% QoQ) driven by increased NII (+9% QoQ) mainly on higher average loans (+12% QoQ), and from an uplift in fees and commissions.

 

Compared to 2Q20, the Commercial Business Segment’s Profit for 2Q21 decreased by 2%, mostly impacted by a $1.0 million charge in provision for credit losses due to Commercial Portfolio’s growth, compared to a $2.6 million reversal registered in 2Q20, as well as by higher allocated expenses, up 26% YoY. These effects were partly offset by increased other income YoY, related to $2.4 million in higher fees, mostly from the Letters of Credit business, and to a $3.0 million loss on financial instruments during 2Q20, related to the fair value adjustment of a debt instrument received as part of a loan restructuring back in 2018.

 

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Year-to-date Commercial Business Segment’s Profit totaled $30.9 million (-17% YoY), mainly driven by a 14% decrease in NII primarily resulting from the impact of lower Libor-based loan rates.

 

TREASURY BUSINESS SEGMENT

 

The Treasury Business Segment focuses on managing the Bank’s investment portfolio and the overall structure of its assets and liabilities to achieve more efficient funding and liquidity positions for the Bank, mitigating the traditional financial risks associated with the balance sheet, such as interest rate, liquidity, price and currency risks. Interest-earning assets managed by the Treasury Business Segment include liquidity positions in cash and cash equivalents, as well as highly liquid corporate debt securities rated above ‘A-‘, and financial instruments related to the investment management activities, consisting of securities at fair value through other comprehensive income (“FVOCI”) and securities at amortized cost (the “Investment Portfolio”). The Treasury Business Segment also manages the Bank’s interest-bearing liabilities, which constitute its funding sources, mainly deposits, short- and long-term borrowings and debt.

 

Profits from the Treasury Business Segment include net interest income derived from the above-mentioned Treasury assets and liabilities, and related net other income (net results from derivative financial instruments and foreign currency exchange, gain (loss) per financial instruments at fair value through profit or loss (“FVTPL”), gain (loss) on sale of securities at FVOCI, and other income), recovery or impairment loss on financial instruments, and direct and allocated operating expenses.

 

The Bank’s liquid assets, mostly consisting of cash and due from banks, as well as highly rated corporate debt securities (above ‘A-‘) aimed to enhance liquidity yields, totaled $999 million at the end of 2Q21, up from $992 million a quarter ago and down from $1,959 million a year ago, as the Bank adjusted its liquidity position considering a more stable market environment and the Bank’s ample access to diversified funding sources. As of June 30, 2021, $691 million, or 69% of total liquid assets represented deposits placed with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, while $201 million, or 20% of total liquid assets represented corporate debt securities classified as high quality liquid assets (“HQLA”) in accordance with the specifications of the Basel Committee. As of the end of 2Q21, 1Q21, and 2Q20, liquidity balances to total assets represented 15%, 16% and 30%, respectively, while the liquidity balances to total deposits ratio was 30%, 31% and 68%, respectively.

 

The credit investment portfolio, related to the Treasury’s investment management activities aimed to complement the Bank’s Commercial Portfolio, increased to $322 million at the end of 2Q21, a 72% increase compared to $188 million a quarter ago and more than three times higher compared to $96 million a year ago.

 

Total Investment Portfolio balances amounted to $523 million as of June 30, 2021, up 34% from $389 million a quarter ago, and more than four times higher from $96 million a year ago. Overall, the Investment Portfolio mostly consisted of readily-quoted Latin American and Multilateral securities, out of which 49% represented sovereign or state-owned risk at the end of the 2Q21, compared to 61% a quarter ago and 80% a year ago (refer to Exhibit X for a per-country risk distribution of the Investment Portfolio).

 

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On the funding side, deposit balances increased to $3.3 billion at the end of 2Q21, up 5% QoQ and 16% YoY. The continued growth in the Bank’s deposit base denotes the growth of its Yankee CD program which complements the short-term funding structure, and the steady support from the Bank’s Class A shareholders (i.e.: central banks and their designees), which represented 48% of total deposits at the end of 2Q21, compared to 46% and 53% of total deposits a quarter and year ago, respectively. As of June 30, 2021, total deposits represented 61% of total funding sources, same as the previous quarter and up from 52% a year ago. In turn, short- and medium-term borrowings and debt totaled $2.1 billion at the end of 2Q21 (+10% QoQ and -22% YoY). Weighted average funding costs improved to 0.93% in 2Q21 (-17 bps QoQ; -64 bps YoY) and 1.01% in the first 6M21 (-97 bps YoY), benefiting from the impact of lower market rates.

 

(US$ million)  2Q21   1Q21   2Q20  QoQ (%)  YoY (%)   6M21   6M20  YoY (%) 
Treasury Business Segment:                             
Net interest income $0.5  $0.2  $0.8  218% -36% $0.7  $1.8  -63%
Other income (expense)  0.1   (0.2)  (1.0) 159% 111%  (0.1)  (1.4) 95%
Total revenues  0.6   (0.0)  (0.2) n.m.  382%  0.6   0.4  45%
(Provision) reversal for credit losses  (0.3)  (0.0)  0.0  -824% n.m.   (0.4)  0.0  n.m. 
Operating expenses  (2.2)  (2.0)  (2.0) -12% -12%  (4.2)  (5.2) 19%
Loss for the segment $(2.0) $(2.1) $(2.2) 5% 12% $(4.0) $(4.8) 16%

 

"n.m." means not meaningful.        

 

The Treasury Business Segment’s results were a $2.0 million loss for 2Q21 (+5% QoQ; +12% YoY) and a $4.0 million loss for the first 6M21 (+16% YoY). The quarterly and year-to-date improvements were mainly associated to better results on its hedging positions recorded in Other Income (Expense), along with the positive impact on NII of increased bond portfolio driving higher yields, together with lower funding costs, partly compensating the impact of lower market rates on Treasury assets.

  

NET INTEREST INCOME AND MARGINS

  

(US$ million, except percentages)  2Q21   1Q21   2Q20   QoQ (%)   YoY (%)   6M21   6M20   YoY (%) 
Net Interest Income                                
Interest income $34.2  $32.9  $44.5   4%  -23% $67.1  $103.5   -35%
Interest expense  (13.2)  (14.0)  (22.8)  6%  42%  (27.2)  (56.0)  51%
Net Interest Income ("NII") $21.0  $18.9  $21.7   11%  -3% $39.9  $47.5   -16%
Net Interest Spread ("NIS")  1.11%  1.04%  1.01%  6%  10%  1.08%  1.09%  -1%
Net Interest Margin ("NIM")  1.27%  1.24%  1.28%  2%  -1%  1.26%  1.43%  -12%

 

NII totaled $21.0 million for 2Q21 (+11% QoQ; -3% YoY) and $39.9 million for the first 6M21 (-16% YoY). The 11% QoQ increase was mostly attributable to the positive volume net effect from increased loan portfolio average balance (+12% QoQ), and to lower average funding costs (-17 bps QoQ), partly offset by the continued downward repricing of Libor-based loan rates and tighter lending spreads particularly to banks, in a highly liquid environment. 2Q21 NII decreased by 3% YoY, as the positive volume net effect driven by an improved interest-earning assets mix – with increased average loans and investments and decreased cash positions – was offset by the impact of lower Libor-based market rates. On a year-to-date basis, NII was down 16% YoY, mainly impacted by the net rate effect of lower Libor-based market rates on the Bank’s assets and liabilities.

 

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FEES AND COMMISSIONS

 

Fees and Commissions, net, includes the fee income associated with letters of credit and the fee income derived from loan structuring and syndication activities, together with loan intermediation and distribution activities in the primary market, and other commissions, mostly from other contingent credits, such as guarantees and credit commitments, net of fee expenses.

 

(US$ million)  2Q21   1Q21   2Q20  QoQ (%)  YoY (%)   6M21   6M20  YoY (%) 
Letters of credit fees  3.4   2.5   1.8  34% 90%  5.9   4.3  40%
Loan syndication fees  0.4   0.1   0.1  298% 628%  0.5   0.5  11%
Other commissions, net  0.5   0.4   0.1  18% 380%  0.9   0.3  179%
Fees and Commissions, net $4.3  $3.0  $1.9  41% 120% $7.3  $5.0 46%

 

Fees and Commissions income increased to $4.3 million for 2Q21 (+41% QoQ and 120% YoY) and to $7.3 million for the first 6M21 (+46%), mostly driven by the sustained positive trend in the Bank’s letters of credit business, along with the return of loan syndications activity.

 

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PORTFOLIO QUALITY AND TOTAL ALLOWANCE FOR CREDIT LOSSES

 

(US$ million, except percentages) 30-Jun-21  31-Mar-21  31-Dec-20  30-Sep-20  30-Jun-20 
Allowance for loan losses               
Balance at beginning of the period $41.1  $41.2  $42.5  $45.4  $99.9 
Provisions (reversals)  0.1   (0.1)  (1.3)  1.5   (2.4)
Write-offs, net of recoveries  0.2   0.0   0.0   (4.4)  (52.1)
End of period balance $41.4  $41.1  $41.2  $42.5  $45.4 
                     
Allowance for loan commitments and financial guarantee contract losses                    
Balance at beginning of the period $2.9  $2.9  $2.1  $2.1  $2.4 
Provisions (reversals)  0.9   0.0   0.8   (0.1)  (0.3)
End of period balance $3.8  $2.9  $2.9  $2.1  $2.1 
                     
Allowance for Investment Portfolio losses                    
Balance at beginning of the period $0.6  $0.5  $0.3  $0.2  $0.1 
Provisions (reversals)  0.3   0.1   0.2   0.1   0.1 
End of period balance $0.9  $0.6  $0.5  $0.3  $0.2 
                     
Total allowance for losses $46.1  $44.6  $44.6  $44.9  $47.8 
                     
Total allowance for losses to Credit Portfolio  0.71%  0.73%  0.75%  0.84%  0.95%
Credit-impaired loans to Loan Portfolio  0.20%  0.21%  0.22%  0.00%  0.00%
Total allowance for losses to credit-impaired loans (times)  4.4   4.2   4.2    n.m.     n.m.  
                     
Stage 1 (low risk) to Total Credit Portfolio  96%  95%  94%  94%  90%
Stage 2 (increased risk) to Total Credit Portfolio  4%  5%  6%  6%  10%
Stage 3 (credit impaired) to Total Credit Portfolio  0%  0%  0%  0%  0%

 

"n.m." means not meaningful.                    

 

As of June 30, 2021, the total allowance for credit losses increased to $46.1 million, representing a coverage ratio to the Credit Portfolio of 71 bps, compared to $44.6 million, or 73 bps, at the end of 1Q21. The quarterly increase was mostly related to strong credit origination, having 96% of total credits classified as Stage 1 (low risk) under IFRS 9 as of June 30, 2021. The YoY decrease compared to $47.8 million, or 95 bps, at the end of 2Q20, was mostly associated to the Bank’s improved mix of its Credit Portfolio exposure, having reduced its Stage 2 (increased risk) portfolio to 4% from 10% a year ago.

 

As of June 30, 2021, asset quality remained sound, with credit-impaired loans (“NPL”) totaling $11 million, unchanged from the previous quarter, representing 0.20% of the total Loan Portfolio, compared to 0.21% in the previous quarter and to 0% of the total Loan Portfolio a year ago.

 

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OPERATING EXPENSES

 

(US$ million, except percentages)  2Q21  1Q21  2Q20  QoQ (%)   YoY (%)   6M21  6M20  YoY (%) 
Operating expenses                                
Salaries and other employee expenses  5.4   5.4   4.2   -2%  29%  10.8   11.2   -3%
Depreciation of investment property, equipment and improvements  0.7   0.8   0.9   -16%  -19%  1.5   1.6   -5%
Amortization of intangible assets  0.3   0.3   0.2   -7%  36%  0.5   0.4   39%
Other expenses  3.8   2.6   3.1   46%  25%  6.4   5.7   13%
Total Operating Expenses $10.1  $9.1  $8.3   11%  22% $19.3  $18.8   2%
Efficiency Ratio  39.6%  41.6%  41.5%          40.5%  38.7%    

 

The Bank’s 2Q21 and 6M21 operating expenses totaled $10.1 million (+11% QoQ; +22% YoY) and $19.3 million (+2%), respectively. The QoQ increase for 2Q21 was primarily associated to lower seasonal expense levels typical of the first quarter of the year. The YoY quarterly and year-to-date increases mostly relate to reduced expenses in the comparable periods of 2020, as cost saving measures were implemented at the onset of Covid-19.

 

The Bank’s Efficiency Ratio improved to 40% in 2Q21, as higher total revenues more than compensated the increase in operating expenses. YTD Efficiency Ratio stood at 41%, up from 39% a year ago, mainly on lagging income generation.

 

CAPITAL RATIOS AND CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

 

The following table shows capital amounts and ratios as of the dates indicated:

 

(US$ million, except percentages and shares outstanding) 30-Jun-21  31-Mar-21  30-Jun-20  QoQ (%)  YoY (%) 
Total equity $1,031  $1,037  $1,022   -1%  1%
Tier 1 capital to risk weighted assets (Basel III – IRB) (9)  23.6%  26.3%  24.8%  -11%  -5%
Risk-Weighted Assets (Basel III – IRB) (9) $4,374  $3,935  $4,114   11%  6%
Capital Adequacy Ratio (Regulatory) (10)  18.2%  19.4%  22.1%  -6%  -18%
Risk-Weighted Assets (Regulatory) (10) $5,783  $5,431  $4,684   6%  23%
Total assets / Total equity (times)  6.5   6.1   6.5   6%  1%
Shares outstanding (in thousand)  39,361   39,703   39,672   -1%  -1%

 

The Bank’s equity consists entirely of issued and fully paid ordinary common stock, with 39.4 million common shares outstanding as of June 30, 2021. At the same date, the Bank’s ratio of total assets to total equity stood at 6.5 times, and the Bank’s Tier 1 Basel III Capital Ratio stood at 23.6%, in which risk-weighted assets are calculated under the advanced internal ratings-based approach (IRB) for credit risk.

 

In addition, the Bank’s Capital Adequacy Ratio, as defined by Panama’s banking regulator, was 18.2% as of June 30, 2021, well above the required minimum of 8%. Under this methodology, credit risk-weighted assets are calculated under Basel’s standardized approach.

 

RECENT EVENTS

 

§Quarterly dividend payment: The Board approved a quarterly common dividend of $0.25 per share corresponding to the second quarter 2021. The cash dividend will be paid on August 24, 2021, to shareholders registered as of August 9, 2021.

 

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§Stock Repurchase Program: As of the date of this report, since the on-set of the Stock Repurchase Program in mid-May of 2021, Bladex has repurchased 728 thousand Class E common shares for a total of $11.2 million, out of the $60 million approved by the Board.
   
§Strategic Planning Office: Bladex recently incorporated a new strategic planning and management position, reporting to the CEO, to align its organizational structure seeking to enhance the Bank’s execution capabilities and effectiveness.

 

Notes:

 

-Numbers and percentages set forth in this earnings release have been rounded and accordingly may not total exactly.

 

-QoQ and YoY refer to quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year variations, respectively.

 

Footnotes:

 

1)Earnings per Share (“EPS”) calculation is based on the average number of shares outstanding during each period.

 

2)ROAE refers to return on average stockholders’ equity which is calculated on the basis of unaudited daily average balances.

 

3)NIM refers to net interest margin which constitutes to Net Interest Income (“NII”) divided by the average balance of interest-earning assets.

 

4)NIS refers to net interest spread which constitutes the average yield earned on interest-earning assets, less the average yield paid on interest-bearing liabilities.

 

5)Efficiency Ratio refers to consolidated operating expenses as a percentage of total revenues.

 

6)The Bank’s “Credit Portfolio” includes gross loans at amortized cost (or the “Loan Portfolio”), securities at FVOCI and at amortized cost, gross of interest receivable and the allowance for expected credit losses, loan commitments and financial guarantee contracts, such as confirmed and stand-by letters of credit, and guarantees covering commercial risk; and other assets consisting of customers’ liabilities under acceptances.

 

7)The Bank’s “Commercial Portfolio” includes gross loans at amortized cost (or the “Loan Portfolio”), loan commitments and financial guarantee contracts, such as issued and confirmed letters of credit, stand-by letters of credit, guarantees covering commercial risk and other assets consisting of customers’ liabilities under acceptances.

 

8)Market capitalization corresponds to total outstanding common shares multiplied by market close price at the end of each corresponding period.

 

9)Tier 1 Capital ratio is calculated according to Basel III capital adequacy guidelines, and as a percentage of risk-weighted assets. Risk-weighted assets are estimated based on Basel III capital adequacy guidelines, utilizing internal-ratings based approach or “IRB” for credit risk and standardized approach for operational risk.

 

10)As defined by the Superintendency of Banks of Panama through Rules No. 01-2015 and 03-2016, based on Basel III standardized approach. The capital adequacy ratio is defined as the ratio of capital funds to risk-weighted assets, rated according to the asset’s categories for credit risk. In addition, risk-weighted assets consider calculations for market risk and operating risk.

 

11)Liquid assets refer to total cash and cash equivalents, consisting of cash and due from banks and interest-bearing deposits in banks, excluding pledged deposits and margin calls; as well as highly rated corporate debt securities (above ‘A-‘). Liquidity ratio refers to liquid assets as a percentage of total assets.

 

12)Loan Portfolio refers to gross loans at amortized cost, excluding interest receivable, the allowance for loan losses, and unearned interest and deferred fees. Credit-impaired loans are also commonly referred to as Non-Performing Loans or NPLs.

 

13)Total allowance for losses refers to allowance for loan losses plus allowance for loan commitments and financial guarantee contract losses and allowance for investment securities losses.

 

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SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements of expected future developments within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: “anticipate”, “intend”, “plan”, “goal”, “seek”, “believe”, “project”, “estimate”, “expect”, “strategy”, “future”, “likely”, “may”, “should”, “will” and similar references to future periods. The forward-looking statements in this press release include the Bank’s financial position, asset quality and profitability, among others. These forward-looking statements reflect the expectations of the Bank’s management and are based on currently available data; however, actual performance and results are subject to future events and uncertainties, which could materially impact the Bank’s expectations. Among the factors that can cause actual performance and results to differ materially are as follows: the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and government actions intended to limit its spread; the anticipated changes in the Bank’s credit portfolio; the continuation of the Bank’s preferred creditor status; the impact of increasing/decreasing interest rates and of the macroeconomic environment in the Region on the Bank’s financial condition; the execution of the Bank’s strategies and initiatives, including its revenue diversification strategy; the adequacy of the Bank’s allowance for expected credit losses; the need for additional allowance for expected credit losses; the Bank’s ability to achieve future growth, to reduce its liquidity levels and increase its leverage; the Bank’s ability to maintain its investment-grade credit ratings; the availability and mix of future sources of funding for the Bank’s lending operations; potential trading losses; the possibility of fraud; and the adequacy of the Bank’s sources of liquidity to replace deposit withdrawals. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

 

ABOUT BLADEX

 

Bladex, a multinational bank originally established by the central banks of Latin-American and Caribbean countries, began operations in 1979 to promote foreign trade and economic integration in the Region. The Bank, headquartered in Panama, also has offices in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States of America, and a Representative License in Peru, supporting the regional expansion and servicing its customer base, which includes financial institutions and corporations.

 

Bladex is listed on the NYSE in the United States of America (NYSE: BLX), since 1992, and its shareholders include: central banks and state-owned banks and entities representing 23 Latin American countries; commercial banks and financial institutions; and institutional and retail investors through its public listing.

 

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

 

There will be a conference call to discuss the Bank’s quarterly results on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. New York City time (Eastern Time). For those interested in participating, please dial 1-877-271-1828 in the United States or, if outside the United States, 1-334-323-9871. Participants should use conference passcode 32806397, and dial in five minutes before the call is set to begin. There will also be a live audio webcast of the conference at http://www.bladex.com. The webcast presentation will be available for viewing and downloads on http://www.bladex.com.

 

The conference call will become available for review on Conference Replay one hour after its conclusion and will remain available for 60 days. Please dial (877) 919-4059 or (334) 323-0140 and follow the instructions. The replay passcode is: 38738607.

 

For more information, please access http://www.bladex.com or contact:

 

Mrs. Ana Graciela de Méndez

Chief Financial Officer

Tel: +507 210-8563

E-mail address: amendez@bladex.com

 

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EXHIBIT I

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

  AT THE END OF,             
  (A)  (B)  (C)  (A) - (B)     (A) - (C)    
  June 30, 2021  March 31, 2021  June 30, 2020  CHANGE  %  CHANGE  % 
                      
  (In US$ thousand)                  
Assets                            
                             
Cash and due from banks $823,493  $819,514  $2,021,365  $3,979   0% $(1,197,872)  (59)%
                             
Securities and other financial assets, net  527,170   391,401   100,223   135,769   35   426,947   426 
                             
Loans, net  5,202,871   5,042,467   4,464,353   160,404   3   738,518   17 
                             
Customers' liabilities under acceptances  129,402   78,164   3,444   51,238   66   125,958   3,657 
Derivative financial instruments - assets  14,270   16,340   8,615   (2,070)  (13)  5,655   66 
                             
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net  14,841   15,361   17,109   (520)  (3)  (2,268)  (13)
Intangibles, net  1,555   1,712   1,050   (157)  (9)  505   48 
Investment properties  3,075   3,145   3,354   (70)  (2)  (279)  (8)
Other assets  6,555   6,742   7,712   (187)  (3)  (1,157)  (15)
                             
Total assets $6,723,232  $6,374,846  $6,627,225  $348,386   5% $96,007   1%
                             
Liabilities                            
                             
Demand deposits $317,014  $355,301  $281,685  $(38,287)  (11)% $35,329   13%
Time deposits  3,029,175   2,830,446   2,604,530   198,729   7   424,645   16 
   3,346,189   3,185,747   2,886,215   160,442   5   459,974   16 
Interest payable  3,839   2,853   3,119   986   35   720   23 
Total deposits  3,350,028   3,188,600   2,889,334   161,428   5   460,694   16 
                             
Securities sold under repurchase agreements  112,488   156,690   10,403   (44,202)  (28)  102,085   981 
Borrowings and debt, net  2,060,009   1,869,304   2,627,216   190,705   10   (567,207)  (22)
Interest payable  7,730   9,248   6,954   (1,518)  (16)  776   11 
                             
Acceptance outstanding  129,402   78,164   3,444   51,238   66   125,958   3,657 
Derivative financial instruments - liabilities  14,930   19,449   52,193   (4,519)  (23)  (37,263)  (71)
Allowance for loan commitments and financial guarantee contract losses  3,790   2,936   2,139   854   29   1,651   77 
Other liabilities  14,153   13,780   13,683   373   3   470   3 
                             
Total liabilities $5,692,530  $5,338,171  $5,605,366  $354,359   7% $87,164   2%
                             
Equity                            
                             
Common stock $279,980  $279,980  $279,980  $0   0% $0   0%
Treasury stock  (62,264)  (57,452)  (57,866)  (4,812)  (8)  (4,398)  (8)
Additional paid-in capital in excess of value assigned of common stock  119,366   120,305   119,447   (939)  (1)  (81)  (0)
Capital reserves  95,210   95,210   95,210   0   0   0   0 
Regulatory reserves  136,019   136,019   136,019   0   0   0   0 
Retained earnings  471,121   466,978   452,739   4,143   1   18,382   4 
Other comprehensive loss  (8,730)  (4,365)  (3,670)  (4,365)  (100)  (5,060)  (138)
                             
Total equity $1,030,702  $1,036,675  $1,021,859  $(5,973)  (1)% $8,843   1%
                             
Total liabilities and equity $6,723,232  $6,374,846  $6,627,225  $348,386   5% $96,007   1%

 

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EXHIBIT II

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF PROFIT OR LOSS
 (In US$ thousand, except per share amounts and ratios) 
               

  FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED             
  (A)  (B)  (C)  (A) - (B)     (A) - (C)    
  June 30, 2021  March 31, 2021  June 30, 2020  CHANGE  %  CHANGE  % 
Net Interest Income:                            
Interest income $34,164  $32,918  $44,507  $1,246   4% $(10,343)  (23)%
Interest expense  (13,166)  (14,023)  (22,784)  857   6   9,618   42 
                             
Net Interest Income  20,998   18,895   21,723   2,103   11   (725)  (3)
                             
Other income (expense):                            
Fees and commissions, net  4,271   3,040   1,940   1,231   41   2,331   120 
Gain (loss) on financial instruments, net  234   (71)  (3,949)  305   430   4,183   106 
Other income, net  87   97   191   (10)  (10)  (104)  (54)
Total other income, net  4,592   3,066   (1,818)  1,526   50   6,410   353 
                             
Total revenues  25,590   21,961   19,905   3,629   17   5,685   29 
                             
(Provision) reversal for credit losses  (1,384)  0   2,607   (1,384)  n.m.(*)  (3,991)  (153)
Gain (loss) on non-financial assets, net  0   0   (140)  0   n.m.(*)  140   100 
                             
Operating expenses:                            
Salaries and other employee expenses  (5,363)  (5,448)  (4,172)  85   2   (1,191)  (29)
Depreciation of investment property, equipment and improvements  (691)  (819)  (854)  128   16   163   19 
Amortization of intangible assets  (253)  (271)  (186)  18   7   (67)  (36)
Other expenses  (3,815)  (2,607)  (3,054)  (1,208)  (46)  (761)  (25)
Total operating expenses  (10,122)  (9,145)  (8,266)  (977)  (11)  (1,856)  (22)
                             
Profit for the period $14,084  $12,816  $14,106  $1,268   10% $(22)  (0)%
                             
PER COMMON SHARE DATA:                            
Basic earnings per share $0.36  $0.32  $0.36                 
Diluted earnings per share $0.36  $0.32  $0.36                 
Book value (period average) $26.17  $26.26  $25.94                 
Book value (period end) $26.19  $26.11  $25.76                 
                             
Weighted average basic shares  39,659   39,693   39,654                 
Weighted average diluted shares  39,659   39,693   39,654                 
Basic shares period end  39,361   39,703   39,672                 
                             
PERFORMANCE RATIOS:                            
Return on average assets  0.8%  0.8%  0.8%                
Return on average equity  5.4%  5.0%  5.5%                
Net interest margin  1.27%  1.24%  1.28%                
Net interest spread  1.11%  1.04%  1.01%                
Efficiency Ratio  39.6%  41.6%  41.5%                
Operating expenses to total average assets  0.60%  0.59%  0.48%                
                             

 

 

(*) "n.m." means not meaningful.                            

            

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EXHIBIT III

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF PROFIT OR LOSS
(In US$ thousand, except per share amounts and ratios)
          

  FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED       
  (A)  (B)  (A) - (B)    
  June 30, 2021  June 30, 2020  CHANGE  % 
Net Interest Income:                
Interest income $67,082  $103,496  $(36,414)  (35)%
Interest expense  (27,189)  (55,973)  28,784   51 
Net Interest Income  39,893   47,523   (7,630)  (16)
                 
Other income (expense):                
Fees and commissions, net  7,311   5,013   2,298   46 
Gain (loss) on financial instruments, net  163   (4,307)  4,470   104 
Other income, net  184   431   (247)  (57)
Total other income, net  7,658   1,137   6,521   574 
        ��        
Total revenues  47,551   48,660   (1,109)  (2)
                 
(Provision) reversal for credit losses  (1,384)  2,696   (4,080)  (151)
Gain (loss) on non-financial assets, net  0   (140)  140   100 
                 
Operating expenses:                
Salaries and other employee expenses  (10,811)  (11,178)  367   3 
Depreciation of investment property, equipment and improvements  (1,510)  (1,589)  79   5 
Amortization of intangible assets  (524)  (377)  (147)  (39)
Other expenses  (6,422)  (5,664)  (758)  (13)
Total operating expenses  (19,267)  (18,808)  (459)  (2)
                 
Profit for the period $26,900  $32,408  $(5,508)  (17)%
                 
PER COMMON SHARE DATA:                
Basic earnings per share $0.68  $0.82         
Diluted earnings per share $0.68  $0.82         
Book value (period average) $26.21  $25.87         
Book value (period end) $26.19  $25.76         
                 
Weighted average basic shares  39,676   39,632         
Weighted average diluted shares  39,676   39,632         
Basic shares period end  39,361   39,672         
                 
PERFORMANCE RATIOS:                
Return on average assets  0.8%  1.0%        
Return on average equity  5.2%  6.4%        
Net interest margin  1.26%  1.43%        
Net interest spread  1.08%  1.09%        
Efficiency Ratio  40.5%  38.7%        
Operating expenses to total average assets  0.60%  0.56%        

     

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EXHIBIT IV

 

CONSOLIDATED NET INTEREST INCOME AND AVERAGE BALANCES

 

  FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED 
  June 30, 2021  March 31, 2021  June 30, 2020 
  AVERAGE     AVG.  AVERAGE     AVG.  AVERAGE     AVG. 
  BALANCE  INTEREST  RATE  BALANCE  INTEREST  RATE  BALANCE  INTEREST  RATE 
                            
  (In US$ thousand) 
INTEREST EARNING ASSETS                                    
Cash and due from banks $831,868  $257   0.12% $1,005,121  $361   0.14% $1,945,739  $916   0.19%
Securities at fair value through OCI  218,134   214   0.39   230,765   239   0.41   5,132   9   0.67 
Securities at amortized cost (1)  233,213   1,711   2.90   168,756   1,398   3.31   73,953   668   3.58 
Loans, net of unearned interest  5,342,209   31,982   2.37   4,755,822   30,921   2.60   4,798,823   42,914   3.54 
                                     
TOTAL INTEREST EARNING ASSETS $6,625,424  $34,164   2.04% $6,160,464  $32,918   2.14% $6,823,647  $44,507   2.58%
                                     
Allowance for loan losses  (42,439)          (40,254)          (87,621)        
Non interest earning assets  160,119           142,182           132,472         
                                     
TOTAL ASSETS $6,743,104          $6,262,393          $6,868,498         
                                     
                                     
INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES                                    
Deposits  3,403,486  $3,469   0.40%  3,254,281  $3,472   0.43% $2,730,228  $5,691   0.82%
Securities sold under repurchase agreement and short-term borrowings and debt  646,154   1,206   0.74   368,291   1,785   1.94   1,692,766   8,426   1.97 
Long-term borrowings and debt, net (2)  1,531,329   8,491   2.19   1,494,923   8,766   2.35   1,304,760   8,667   2.63 
                                     
TOTAL INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES $5,580,970  $13,166   0.93% $5,117,495  $14,023   1.10% $5,727,754  $22,784   1.57%
                                     
Non interest bearing liabilities and other liabilities $124,407          $102,420          $112,004         
                                     
TOTAL LIABILITIES  5,705,377           5,219,916           5,839,758         
                                     
EQUITY  1,037,727           1,042,477           1,028,740         
                                     
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $6,743,104          $6,262,393          $6,868,498         
                                     
NET INTEREST SPREAD          1.11%          1.04%          1.01%
                                     
NET INTEREST INCOME AND NET INTEREST MARGIN     $20,998   1.27%     $18,895   1.24%     $21,723   1.28%

 

 

(1)  Gross of the allowance for losses relating to securities at amortized cost.
(2)Includes lease liabilities, net of prepaid commissions.
Note: Interest income and/or expense includes the effect of derivative financial instruments used for hedging.

 

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EXHIBIT V

CONSOLIDATED NET INTEREST INCOME AND AVERAGE BALANCES

 

  FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 
  June 30, 2021  June 30, 2020 
  AVERAGE     AVG.  AVERAGE     AVG. 
  BALANCE  INTEREST  RATE  BALANCE  INTEREST  RATE 
                   
  (In US$ thousand) 
INTEREST EARNING ASSETS                        
Cash and due from banks $918,016  $617   0.13% $1,371,730  $3,375   0.49%
Securities at fair value through OCI  224,415   453   0.40   5,109   31   1.21 
Securities at amortized cost (1)  201,162   3,109   3.07   71,807   1,286   3.54 
Loans, net of unearned interest  5,050,635   62,903   2.48   5,223,397   98,804   3.74 
                         
TOTAL INTEREST EARNING ASSETS $6,394,229  $67,082   2.09% $6,672,043  $103,496   3.07%
                         
Allowance for loan losses  (41,352)          (93,611)        
Non interest earning assets  151,200           142,310         
                         
TOTAL ASSETS $6,504,076          $6,720,742         
                         
INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES                        
Deposits $3,329,296  $6,941   0.41% $2,644,477  $17,153   1.28%
Securities sold under repurchase agreement and short-term borrowings and debt  507,990   2,992   1.17   1,539,952   17,086   2.19 
Long-term borrowings and debt, net (2)  1,513,227   17,256   2.27   1,398,901   21,734   3.07 
                         
TOTAL INTEREST BEARING LIABILITIES $5,350,513  $27,189   1.01% $5,583,331  $55,973   1.98%
                         
Non interest bearing liabilities and other liabilities $113,474          $111,996         
                         
TOTAL LIABILITIES  5,463,987           5,695,327         
                         
EQUITY  1,040,089           1,025,416         
                         
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $6,504,076          $6,720,742         
                         
NET INTEREST SPREAD          1.08%          1.09%
                         
NET INTEREST INCOME AND NET INTEREST MARGIN     $39,893   1.26%     $47,523   1.43%

 

 

(1)Gross of the allowance for losses relating to securities at amortized cost.
(2)Includes lease liabilities, net of prepaid commissions.
Note:Interest income and/or expense includes the effect of derivative financial instruments used for hedging.

 

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         EXHIBIT VI
 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS
 (In US$ thousand, except per share amounts and ratios)

 

  SIX MONTHS  FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED  SIX MONTHS 
  ENDED                 ENDED 
  JUN 30/21  JUN 30/21  MAR 31/21  DEC 31/20  SEP 30/20  JUN 30/20  JUN 30/20 
Net Interest Income:                            
Interest income $67,082  $34,164  $32,918  $37,782  $39,694  $44,507  $103,496 
Interest expense  (27,189)  (13,166)  (14,023)  (15,464)  (17,086)  (22,784)  (55,973)
Net Interest Income  39,893   20,998   18,895   22,318   22,608   21,723   47,523 
                             
Other income (expense):                            
Fees and commissions, net  7,311   4,271   3,040   2,794   2,611   1,940   5,013 
Gain (loss) on financial instruments, net  163   234   (71)  (50)  (437)  (3,949)  (4,307)
Other income, net  184   87   97   245   407   191   431 
Total other income, net  7,658   4,592   3,066   2,989   2,581   (1,818)  1,137 
                             
Total revenues  47,551   25,590   21,961   25,307   25,189   19,905   48,660 
                             
(Provision) reversal for credit losses  (1,384)  (1,384)  0   311   (1,543)  2,607   2,696 
Gain (loss) on non-financial assets, net  0   0   0   296   140   (140)  (140)
Total operating expenses  (19,267)  (10,122)  (9,145)  (10,173)  (8,342)  (8,266)  (18,808)
Profit for the period $26,900  $14,084  $12,816  $15,741  $15,444  $14,106  $32,408 
                             
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA                            
                             
PER COMMON SHARE DATA                            
Basic earnings per share $0.68  $0.36  $0.32  $0.40  $0.39  $0.36  $0.82 
                             
PERFORMANCE RATIOS                            
Return on average assets  0.8%  0.8%  0.8%  1.0%  1.0%  0.8%  1.0%
Return on average equity  5.2%  5.4%  5.0%  6.1%  6.0%  5.5%  6.4%
Net interest margin  1.26%  1.27%  1.24%  1.37%  1.42%  1.28%  1.43%
Net interest spread  1.08%  1.11%  1.04%  1.17%  1.19%  1.01%  1.09%
Efficiency Ratio  40.5%  39.6%  41.6%  40.2%  33.1%  41.5%  38.7%
Operating expenses to total average assets  0.60%  0.60%  0.59%  0.62%  0.52%  0.48%  0.56%

 

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       EXHIBIT VII
BUSINESS SEGMENT ANALYSIS
(In US$ thousand)

 

  FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED  FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED 
  JUN 30/21  JUN 30/20  JUN 30/21  MAR 31/21  JUN 30/20 
COMMERCIAL BUSINESS SEGMENT:                    
Net interest income $39,212  $45,685  $20,480  $18,732  $20,919 
Other income  7,735   2,559   4,479   3,257   (790)
Total revenues  46,947   48,244   24,959   21,989   20,129 
(Provision) reversal for credit losses  (1,005)  2,696   (1,042)  37   2,607 
Gain (loss) on non-financial assets, net  0   (140)  0   0   (140)
Operating expenses  (15,028)  (13,605)  (7,880)  (7,148)  (6,263)
Profit for the segment $30,914  $37,195  $16,037  $14,878  $16,333 
                     
Segment assets  5,349,392   4,489,329   5,349,392   5,137,623   4,489,329 
                     
TREASURY BUSINESS SEGMENT:                    
                     
Net interest income $681  $1,838  $518  $163  $804 
Other income (expense)  (77)  (1,422)  113   (191)  (1,028)
Total revenues  604   416   631   (28)  (224)
(Provision) reversal for credit losses  (379)  0   (342)  (37)  0 
Operating expenses  (4,239)  (5,203)  (2,242)  (1,997)  (2,003)
Loss for the segment $(4,014) $(4,787) $(1,953) $(2,062)  (2,227)
                     
Segment assets  1,367,318   2,130,220   1,367,318   1,230,515   2,130,220 
                     
TOTAL:                    
                     
Net interest income $39,893  $47,523  $20,998  $18,895  $21,723 
Other income  7,658   1,137   4,592   3,066   (1,818)
Total revenues  47,551   48,660   25,590   21,961   19,905 
(Provision) reversal for credit losses  (1,384)  2,696   (1,384)  0   2,607 
Gain (loss) on non-financial assets, net  0   (140)  0   0   (140)
Operating expenses  (19,267)  (18,808)  (10,122)  (9,145)  (8,266)
Profit for the period $26,900  $32,408  $14,084  $12,816  $14,106 
                     
Total segment assets  6,716,710   6,619,549   6,716,710   6,368,138   6,619,549 
Unallocated assets  6,522   7,676   6,522   6,708   7,676 
Total assets  6,723,232   6,627,225   6,723,232   6,374,846   6,627,225 

 

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EXHIBIT VIII

 

CREDIT PORTFOLIO
DISTRIBUTION BY COUNTRY
(In US$ million)  

 

  AT THE END OF,       
  (A)  (B)  (C)       
  Jun. 30, 2021  Mar. 31, 2021  Jun. 30, 2020  Change in Amount 
COUNTRY Amount  % of Total Outstanding  Amount  % of Total Outstanding  Amount  % of Total Outstanding  (A) - (B)  (A) - (C) 
ARGENTINA $106   2  $108   2  $180   4  $(2) $(74)
BOLIVIA  15   0   15   0   8   0   0   7 
BRAZIL  1,302   20   1,220   20   809   16   82   493 
CHILE  722   11   645   11   479   10   77   243 
COLOMBIA  733   11   719   12   805   16   14   (72)
COSTA RICA  184   3   191   3   221   4   (7)  (37)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  311   5   205   3   137   3   106   174 
ECUADOR  258   4   212   3   191   4   46   67 
EL SALVADOR  34   1   31   1   62   1   3   (28)
GUATEMALA  418   6   338   6   304   6   80   114 
HONDURAS  37   1   20   0   108   2   17   (71)
JAMAICA  36   1   46   1   11   0   (10)  25 
MEXICO  663   10   593   10   484   10   70   179 
PANAMA  272   4   324   5   400   8   (52)  (128)
PARAGUAY  61   1   128   2   96   2   (67)  (35)
PERU  399   6   386   6   178   4   13   221 
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO  140   2   152   2   179   4   (12)  (39)
URUGUAY  110   2   97   2   0   0   13   110 
MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS  112   2   112   2   0   0   0   112 
OTHER NON-LATAM (1)    618   9   555   9   359   7   63   259 
                                 
TOTAL CREDIT PORTFOLIO (2)   $6,531   100% $6,097   100% $5,011   100% $434  $1,520 
                                 
UNEARNED INTEREST AND DEFERRED FEES  (7)      (6)      (8)      (1)  1 
                                 
TOTAL CREDIT PORTFOLIO, NET OF UNEARNED INTEREST & DEFERRED FEES $6,524      $6,091      $5,003      $433  $1,521 

 

 

(1)Risk in highly rated countries outside the Region, mostly in Europe and North America, related to transactions carried out in the Region.
(2)Includes gross loans (or the “Loan Portfolio”), securities at FVOCI and at amortized cost, gross of interest receivable and the allowance for expected credit losses, loan commitments and financial guarantee contracts, such as confirmed and stand-by letters of credit, and guarantees covering commercial risk; and other assets consisting of customers’ liabilities under acceptances.

 

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EXHIBIT IX

 

COMMERCIAL PORTFOLIO
DISTRIBUTION BY COUNTRY
(In US$ million)

 

  AT THE END OF,       
  (A)  (B)  (C)       
  Jun. 30, 2021  Mar. 31, 2021  Jun. 30, 2020  Change in Amount 
COUNTRY Amount  % of Total Outstanding  Amount  % of Total Outstanding  Amount  % of Total Outstanding  (A) - (B)  (A) - (C) 
ARGENTINA $106   2  $108   2  $180   4  $(2) $(74)
BOLIVIA  15   0   15   0   8   0   0   7 
BRAZIL  1,207   20   1,159   20   800  ��16   48   407 
CHILE  623   10   604   11   474   10   19   149 
COLOMBIA  706   12   704   12   776   16   2   (70)
COSTA RICA  184   3   191   3   221   4   (7)  (37)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  311   5   205   4   137   3   106   174 
ECUADOR  258   4   212   4   191   4   46   67 
EL SALVADOR  34   1   31   1   62   1   3   (28)
GUATEMALA  418   7   338   6   304   6   80   114 
HONDURAS  37   1   20   0   108   2   17   (71)
JAMAICA  36   1   46   1   11   0   (10)  25 
MEXICO  628   10   549   10   462   9   79   166 
PANAMA  258   4   314   6   369   8   (56)  (111)
PARAGUAY  61   1   128   2   96   2   (67)  (35)
PERU  347   6   369   6   178   4   (22)  169 
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO  140   2   152   3   179   4   (12)  (39)
URUGUAY  110   2   97   2   0   0   13   110 
OTHER NON-LATAM (1)    529   9   466   8   359   7   63   170 
                                 
TOTAL COMMERCIAL PORTFOLIO (2)  $6,008   100% $5,708   100% $4,915   100% $300  $1,093 
                                 
UNEARNED INTEREST AND DEFERRED FEES  (7)      (6)      (8)      (1)  1 
                                 
TOTAL COMMERCIAL PORTFOLIO, NET OF UNEARNED INTEREST & DEFERRED FEES $6,001      $5,702      $4,907      $299  $1,094 

 

 

(1)Risk in highly rated countries outside the Region, mostly in Europe and North America, related to transactions carried out in the Region.
(2)Includes gross loans (or the “Loan Portfolio”), loan commitments and financial guarantee contracts, such as confirmed and stand-by letters of credit, and guarantees covering commercial risk; and other assets consisting of customers’ liabilities under acceptances.

 

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EXHIBIT X

 

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO
DISTRIBUTION BY COUNTRY
(In US$ million)

 

  

AT THE END OF,  

 
  (A) (B) (C)      
  Jun. 30, 2021 Mar. 31, 2021 Jun. 30, 2020 

Change in Amount 

 
COUNTRY Amount % of Total Outstanding Amount % of Total Outstanding Amount % of Total Outstanding (A) - (B)  (A) - (C) 
BRAZIL $95 18 $61 16 $9 9 $34 $86 
CHILE  99 19  41 10  5 5  58  94 
COLOMBIA  27 5  15 4  29 31  12  (2)
MEXICO  35 7  44 11  22 23  (9) 13 
PANAMA  14 3  10 3  31 32  4  (17)
PERU  52 10  17 4  0 0  35  52 
MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS  112 21  112 29  0 0  0  112 
OTHER NON-LATAM (1)    89 17  89 23  0 0  0  89 
                       
TOTAL INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO (2)  $523 100%$389 100%$96 100%$134 $427 

 

 

(1) Risk in highly rated countries outside the Region.

(2) Includes securities at FVOCI and at amortized cost, gross of interest receivable and the allowance for losses.

 

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EXHIBIT XI  

 

LOAN DISBURSEMENTS
DISTRIBUTION BY COUNTRY
(In US$ million)

 

  YEAR-TO-DATE QUARTERLY Change in Amount 
  (A) (B) (C) (D) (E)       
COUNTRY 6M21 6M20 2Q21 1Q21 2Q20 (A) - (B) (C) - (D) (C) - (E) 
ARGENTINA $11 $1 $11 $0 $1 $10 $11 $10 
BOLIVIA  12  0  7  5  0  12  2  7 
BRAZIL  558  337  271  287  53  221  (16) 218 
CHILE  615  146  268  347  82  469  (79) 186 
COLOMBIA  600  403  260  340  49  197  (80) 211 
COSTA RICA  36  73  13  23  6  (37) (10) 7 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  376  207  193  183  87  169  10  106 
ECUADOR  10  197  5  5  26  (187) 0  (21)
EL SALVADOR  50  37  20  30  5  13  (10) 15 
GUATEMALA  252  112  153  99  69  140  54  84 
HONDURAS  24  60  14  10  45  (36) 4  (31)
JAMAICA  137  99  74  63  22  38  11  52 
MEXICO  1,170  1,141  662  508  159  29  154  503 
PANAMA  298  335  192  106  123  (37) 86  69 
PARAGUAY  78  71  15  63  43  7  (48) (28)
PERU  215  142  109  106  9  73  3  100 
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO  0  10  0  0  5  (10) 0  (5)
URUGUAY  148  58  62  86  0  90  (24) 62 
OTHER NON-LATAM (1)    465  458  334  131  88  7  203  246 
                          
TOTAL LOAN DISBURSED (2) $5,055 $3,887 $2,663 $2,392 $872 $1,168 $271 $1,791 

 

 

(1) Origination in highly rated countries outside the Region, mostly in Europe and North America, related to transactions carried out in the Region.

(2) Total loan disbursed does not include loan commitments and financial guarantee contracts, nor other interest-earning assets such as investment securities.

 

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