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Q1 2023 Earnings Conference Call
spk01: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for waiting. At this time, we would like to welcome everyone to BBVA Argentina's First Quarter 2023 Fiscal Year Results Conference Call. We would like to inform you that this event is being recorded and all participants will be in listen-only mode during the company's presentation. After the company's remarks are completed, there will be a question and answer session. At that time, further instructions will be given. Should any participant need assistance during this call, please press star then zero to reach the operator. First of all, let me point out that some of the statements made during this conference call may be forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Safe Harbor provisions found in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 under U.S. Federal Securities Law. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results of different material from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning these factors is contained in BBVA Argentina's annual report on Form 20F for the fiscal year 2022, followed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Today with us we have Mrs. Carmen Morillo Arroyo, CFO, and Mrs. Ines Lanus, IRO, and Ms. Belén Forcardi, Investor Relations. Mr. Carder, you may now begin your conference.
spk00: Good morning and welcome to BBVA Argentina's first quarter 2023 fiscal year result conference call. Today's webinar will be supported by a slide presentation available on our Investor Relations website on the Financial Information section. Speaking during today's call will be Ines Lanusse, our Investor Relations Officer, and Carmen Morillo Arroyo, our Chief Financial Officer, who will be available for the Q&A session. Please note that starting January 1, 2020, as per central bank regulation, we have begun reporting results applying hyperinflation accounting pursuant to IFRS Rule IAS 29. For ease of comparability, 2022 and 2023 figures have been reshaped to reflect the accumulated effects of inflation adjustments for each period through March 31, 2023. Now let me turn the call over to Ines. Thank you, Belén, and thank you all for joining us today. As we are all aware, in spite of a less favorable global context and a local environment characterized by a difficulty of correcting current macroeconomic distortions and of meeting the established objectives in the loan agreement reached in March of last year with an international monetary fund, economic activity has shown dynamisms in 2022. GDP grew .2% in 2022 and would fall .5% in 2023, according to BBVA research. Nonetheless, the global context, high local inflation, financial volatility, the limited leeway to adopt new stimulus measures, and our certainty about economic policy in a presidential election year legitimize the expectations of a contraction of GDP in 2023. Referring to BBVA's Argentina performance, a better operating income as of March 2023 was a product of an improvement in interest income boosted by the loan portfolio. BBVA Argentina has a corporate responsibility with society inherent to the bank's business model, which bolsters inclusion, financial education, and supports scientific research and culture. The bank works with the highest integrity, long-term vision, and best practices, and is present through the BBVA group in the main sustainability indexes. Moving into business dynamics, as you can see on slide three of our webcast presentation, our service offering has evolved in such a way that by the end of March 2023, retail digital clients' penetration reached 62% remaining stable from a year back, while that of retail mobile clients reached 56% from 54% as of the same period of last year. The response on the side of customers has been satisfactory, and we are convinced this is about to pursue in the aim of sustaining and expanding our competitive position in the financial system. Retail digital sales have increased from .7% in the first quarter of 2022 to .5% in the first quarter of 2022, and represents .2% of the bank's total sales measured in monetary values versus .6% in the first quarter of 2022. New customer acquisitions to the digital channels reached 72% in the first quarter of 2023 from 69% in the first quarter of 2022. The bank actively monitors its business, financial conditions, and operating results in the aim of keeping a competitive position to face contextual challenges. Moving to slide four, I will now comment on the bank's first quarter 2023 financial results. In the first quarter of 2023, net income was 15 billion pesos, decreasing .8% quarter over quarter. This implied a quarterly ROE of .7% and a quarterly ROE of 2.6%. The operating income in the first quarter of 2023 was 78.8 billion pesos, .9% above the 75.1 billion pesos recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. Quarterly operating results are mainly explained by greater interest income driven by one, better interest income results of a product of higher monetary policy rates compared to the previous quarter, which allowed a higher average interest rate and two, a decline in other operating expenses. This effect was partially uptake by an increase in one, net pay income, and two, an increase in administrative expenses. Net income for that period was highly impacted by income from net monetary position as inflation increased from .3% in the fourth quarter of 2022 to .7% in the first quarter of 2023. Turning into the DNL lines in slide five and six, net interest income for the first quarter of 2023 was 131.2 billion pesos, increasing .6% quarter over quarter. In the first quarter of 2023, interest income in monetary and percentage terms increased more than interest expenses mainly due to one, increase in income from interest from loans, in particular, overdraft, discounted instruments, and credit cards, and two, increase in income from repos. The intervention takes place in a context of increasing interest rates of products, derived from an increase in the monetary policy rate by the central bank during the previous and current quarter. In the first quarter of 2023, interest income totaled 249.2 billion pesos, increasing .5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2022. Quarterly increase is mainly driven by one, an increase in interest from loans, mainly overdraft, discounted instruments, and credit cards, especially due to the increase in interest, and two, an increase in repo premises. Interest expenses totaled 118 billion pesos, denoting a .4% increase quarter over quarter and a .9% increase year over year. Quarterly increase is described by higher time deposit expenses, offset by a fall in said Uber adjustment expenses, connected to third link time deposits. Interest from time deposits, including investment accounts, explain .8% of interest expenses versus .9% in the previous quarter. Net fee income as of the first quarter of 2023 totaled 11.3 billion pesos, decreasing .5% quarter over quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2023, fee income totaled 22 billion pesos, falling .7% quarter over quarter. The quarter decrease is mainly explained by one, the .7% fall in fees from credit cards, considering that this line includes Punto's PBA program negative effect, and two, fees linked to liabilities. Regarding fee expenses, these total 10.7 billion pesos, falling 9% quarter over quarter. Lower expenses in the quarter are partially explained by increased expenditures at year end, linked to commercial promotion and acquisition costs. In the first quarter of 2023, loan loss allowance decreased .6% due to the good performance of our portfolio. During the first quarter of 2023, total operating expenses were 69.1 billion pesos, decreasing .2% quarter over quarter, of which 32% were personal benefits costs remaining stable versus the first quarter of 2022. Personal benefits decreased .2% quarter over quarter. The quarterly decrease is partially explained by the decline in severance payments. This is offset by the effect of a collective agreement on wages with the unions for 2023 and the additional for 2022. As of the first quarter of 2023, administrative expenses increased .2% quarter over quarter. The quarterly increase is partially explained by one, outsourced administrative expenses, two, greater rent expenses related to software and licenses contracted with a parent company, three, increase in software services, and four, greater advertising expenses. The quarterly efficiency ratio as of the first quarter of 2023 was 62.4%, deteriorating compared to the 53% reported in the fourth quarter of 2022 and improving versus the .2% reported in the first quarter of 2022. The quarterly deterioration is explained by a higher increase in expenses and income, especially due to a significant increase in the negative quarterly results from the net monetary decision. The accumulated efficiency ratio as of the first quarter of 2023 was 62.4%, improving compared to the 64% reported in the fourth quarter of 2022 and versus the .2% reported in the first quarter of 2022. In terms of activity, on slide seven, private sector loans as of the first quarter of 2023 totaled 875.3 billion pesos, decreasing 2% quarter over quarter and increasing .7% year over year. Loans to the private sector in pesos fell .6% in the first quarter of 2023. During the quarter, the decrease was especially driven by a .5% decrease in other loans, especially corporate and commercial loans, followed by a .3% fall in credit cards. They later are explained by contracts versus the fourth quarter of 2022 seasonal effects. The fall was offset by a .5% increase in overdraft. Loans to the private sector denominated in foreign currency decreased .6% quarter over quarter. Quarterly decrease is mainly explained by a .2% reduction in other loans and partially offset by a 7% increase in financing and pre-financing of exports. Loans to the private sector in foreign currency measured in US dollars fell .7% quarter over quarter and increased .4% year over year. During the quarter, both the retail and commercial portfolio fell in real terms. Loan portfolio fell highly impacted by the effect of inflation during the first quarter of 2023, which reached 21.7%. In nominal terms, DVDA Argentina managed to increase the total loan portfolio by .3% during the quarter. DVDA Argentina's consolidated market share of private sector loans reached .33% as of the first quarter of 2023, improving from .89% a year ago. In the first quarter of 2023, asset quality ratio was .31% compared to the .13% recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. The slight increase is mainly explained by an increase in the retail non-performing level. On the funding side, as seen on slide 8, private non-financial sector deposits in the first quarter of 2023 totaled 1.6 trillion pesos, slightly falling .2% quarter over quarter. The bank's consolidated market share of private deposits reached .83% as of the first quarter of 2023. The non-financial sector deposits in pesos decreased .1% compared to the fourth quarter of 2022. The quarterly change is mainly affected by a .8% decrease in site deposits offset by an increase in time deposits of 6%. Private non-financial sector deposits in foreign currency expressed in pesos fell .2% quarter over quarter. In terms of capitalization, PDDA Argentina continues to show strong solvency indicators as of the first quarter of 2023. Capacity ratio reached 27.9%. Exposure to the public sector in the first quarter of 2023, excluding central bank instruments, represented .1% of total assets, slightly below the .1% in the fourth quarter of 2022, and way below the 17% reported by the system as of March 2023. It is worth mentioning that the shareholders meeting held on April 28, 2023, approved authorization requests to the central bank for the distribution of 50.4 billion pesos, 35.6 billion pesos of which were declared and approved by such meeting and are added to the 14.8 billion pesos spending distribution. The bank's total liquidity ratio remained healthy at .7% of total deposits as of March 31, 2023. This concludes our prepared remarks. We will now take your questions. Operator, please open the line for questions.
spk01: We will now begin the question and answer session. To ask a question, you may press star then one of your telephone keypad. If you are using a speaker phone, please pick up your handset before pressing the keys. To withdraw your question, please press star then two. At this time, we will pause momentarily to assemble our roster. Again, if you have a question, please press star then one. Again, if you have a question, please press star then one. It appears there are no questions, so this concludes our question and answer session. At this time, I would like to turn the floor back over to Mrs. Lanus for any closing remarks.
spk00: Okay, thank you for your time and let us know if you have further questions. Have a good day. Bye.
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