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Public Bank Offers Alipay Mobile Wallet Service In Malaysia

For Immediate Release

15 August 2017

Public Bank Offers Alipay Mobile Wallet Service In Malaysia

Public Bank, Malaysia’s third largest bank and Ant Financial Services Group, an affiliate company of the Alibaba Group joined hands in connecting Malaysian merchants with Alipay mobile wallet services, an online and mobile payment solution.
 
Alipay mobile wallet services is catered to the needs for Alipay users from China who frequently travel and shop in Malaysia, offering the convenience of payment service over carrying large amounts of cash.
 
With the expanding business alliance between China and Malaysia, Public Bank believes offering the seamless Alipay service to its existing and new merchants will assist to increase their sales in view of the greater opportunity from the 520 million Alipay active users.
 
Besides, it also provides Alipay users with better customer experience in Malaysia as it spreads across numerous segments i.e. shopping, dining, hotel stays, etc.
 
Currently, this service is available at all outlets of Degem Collection, Eu Yan Sang, Lazo Diamond Jewellery, L’OCCITANE, Malindo Airways, Star Cruise, Swiss Luxury Watch & Jewelry, The Swatch Group, Vitacare Pharmacy and many more merchant outlets frequented by tourists from China.
 
The event was held at Menara Public Bank and attended by Public Bank’s Managing Director, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Alipay South East Asia General Manager, Mr. Dayong Zhang, and Alipay Malaysia Country Head, Ms. Greta Gunawan at Menara Public Bank with the presence of other management staff of Public Bank, officials of Ant Financial Services Group and representatives from Public Bank’s merchants.
 
Commenting at the launch event, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek said, “We are very excited with the collaboration with Alipay, whose parent company Ant Financial is the world’s largest fintech startup. We will roll-out Alipay service to our existing and new in-store merchants. Alipay mobile wallet has become an alternative cashless payment for Chinese tourists.”
 
Concurring on the significance of this partnership, Mr. Dayong Zhang said, “This partnership will enable Alipay payment acceptance at large merchant base of Public Bank and in the end create opportunities for local merchants to better target the large number of Chinese tourists coming to Malaysia.”
 
About Ant Financial Services Group
 
Launched in 2004, Alipay currently has over 520 million active users and over 450 financial institution partners. Alipay has evolved from a digital wallet to a lifestyle enabler. Users can hail a taxi, book a hotel, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, make appointments with doctors, or purchase wealth management products directly from within the app. In addition to online payments, Alipay is expanding to in-store offline payments both inside and outside of China. Over 10 million brick-and-mortar merchants now accept Alipay across China. Alipay’s in-store payment service is covering more than 200,000 retail stores across the world, and tax reimbursement via Alipay is supported in 24 countries and regions. Alipay currently supports 19 currencies.
 
About Public Bank Berhad
 
Founded in 1966 by Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow and listed on the Main Board of Bursa Securities Malaysia in 1967, Public Bank Berhad is today the leading financial services provider serving over five million customers in Malaysia. Known for its prudent management and strong corporate governance, Public Bank Berhad continues to be accorded international and domestic awards and accolades.
 
The Group continues to commit to deliver excellent customer service and to be more innovative in providing superior financial products and services to meet increasingly sophisticated customer demand. For more information, visit www.pbebank.com.

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From left Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek, Mr. Dayong Zhang and Ms. Greta Gunawan at the launch event of Alipay Service between Public Bank and Alipay


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Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow to Relinquish Position as Chairman of Public Bank on 1 January 2019 and Stay on as Chairman Emeritus and Adviser

For Immediate Release

31 July 2017

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow to Relinquish Position as Chairman of Public Bank on 1 January 2019 and Stay on as Chairman Emeritus and Adviser

The Board of Directors of Public Bank (PBB) wishes to announce that Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow, the Non-Executive Chairman of the Company, wishes to relinquish his position as Chairman of PBB on 1 January 2019.
 
In recognition of his par excellence contributions to PBB over the past  51 years since he founded PBB on 30 December 1965,   Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow will be bestowed the title of Chairman Emeritus on 1 January 2019 when he retires as Chairman of PBB. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow will stay on as Adviser with effect from 1 January 2019 and provide guidance to support the continued growth of PBB and the PBB Group.
 
The Board of Directors further wishes to announce that Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow, who is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Public Islamic Bank Berhad (PIBB) and Public Investment Bank Berhad (PIVB), both wholly-owned subsidiaries of PBB, will retire as Chairman of these two subsidiaries on 1 January 2018 and stay on as Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 January 2018.
 
The smooth transitions of the succession of the Chairmanship of PBB, PIBB and PIVB are in place.
 
The details relating to the appointment of the new Chairman of PBB will be announced at an appropriate time

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Public Bank Group Achieved Pre-Tax Profit of RM3.37 Billion For The First Half of 2017 and Declared 27 Sen First Interim Dividend

For Immediate Release

25 July 2017

PUBLIC BANK GROUP ACHIEVED PRE-TAX PROFIT OF RM3.37 BILLION FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2017 AND DECLARED 27 SEN FIRST INTERIM DIVIDEND

Chairman’s Review

For the first half year ended 30 June 2017, the Public Bank Group’s pre-tax profit increased to RM3.37 billion, up 5.1% from the corresponding period in 2016. Over the same period, net profit attributable to shareholders increased by 3.8% to RM2.58 billion.
 
On its quarterly performance, the Group’s net profit for the second quarter of 2017 of RM1.33 billion represents a 6.0% growth as compared to the second quarter of 2016.
 
The Founder and Chairman of Public Bank, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow said, “The Public Bank Group has continued with its positive momentum in sustaining profitability growth. The Group’s clear and focused business strategy coupled with its prudent credit culture, continues to underpin its consistent financial performance under the current challenging operating environment.”
 
The Public Bank Group’s sustained profitability continued to be driven by the expansion in its loan and deposit portfolio, which led to a growth of 8.3% in its net interest income.
 
“With the improved profitability, the Public Bank Group achieved a net return on equity of 15.3%. The Group’s financial strength was also attributed to its strong asset quality and efficient cost management, as reflected in its gross impaired loan ratio of 0.5% and cost-to-income ratio of 33.8% as at the end of June 2017.” Tan Sri Teh added.
 
In view of the Group’s favourable performance, Tan Sri Teh is pleased to announce, “The Board of Directors has declared a first interim dividend of 27 Sen per share, which will result in a total dividend payout of RM1.04 billion. The first interim dividend will be paid on 17 August 2017 based on the dividend entitlement date of 9 August 2017.”
 
Healthy Loan and Deposit Growth

In the first half of 2017, the Public Bank Group’s total loans recorded an annualised growth rate of 3.1% to RM298.5 billion. Domestic loan growth continued to stay above industry average, growing at an annualised rate of 4.3% as compared to the annualised industry loan growth of 2.8%. Tan Sri Teh commented that, “The focus on the financing for the purchase of residential properties, passenger vehicles and lending to small and medium enterprises, has remained a market niche for the Group as it has maintained a large market share in these lending segments despite the still challenging lending market.”

On deposit-taking, the Public Bank Group’s wide market access and strong deposit franchise have enabled the Group to achieve a healthy annualised deposit growth of 4.7% to RM317.3 billion. Similarly, on the domestic front, the Group’s deposit growth stayed above industry growth, registering an annualised growth of 5.3% as compared to 5.1% annualised growth in the industry.
 
Tan Sri Teh said that, “The Group’s funding and liquidity position has remained healthy with its net loan-to-deposit ratio standing at 93.6% as at the end of June 2017.”
 
Growth in Non-interest Income
 
Growth momentum of the Public Bank Group’s non-interest income remained positive, underpinned primarily by its unit trust management business and transactional fee income.
 
Public Mutual Berhad, the Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, continued to be a major contributor to the Group’s non-interest income. For the first half of 2017, Public Mutual’s unit trust business achieved a commendable growth of 16.2% in pre-tax profit from the same period last year. Tapping on its strong market position, Public Mutual captured a major retail market share of 43.0% in the domestic private unit trust industry. Its portfolio continued to grow as it has 135 unit trust funds with a total net asset value of RM76.9 billion under its management as at the end of June 2017.
 
Tan Sri Teh commented that, “While the Public Bank Group’s core business focuses on retail financing, non-interest income has always been a significant source of revenue complementing the Group’s core business. The Group also taps on its strong clientele base and retail franchise to cross-sell its wealth management products and other fee income services.”
 
Prudent Approach in Cost Management
 
As at the end of June 2017, the Public Bank Group posted a cost-to-income ratio of 33.8%, significantly better than the banking industry’s average of 45.8%.
 
Tan Sri Teh highlighted, “When rising costs continued to pose earnings pressure, the Public Bank Group’s long-embedded practices of good cost management has remained a competitive advantage sustaining the Group’s profitability.”
 
Sustained Strong Asset Quality
 
The Public Bank Group’s sustained sound asset quality continued to contribute to its stable profitability growth. Strict compliance culture, robust risk management and prudent credit practices have enabled the Group to maintain the lowest gross impaired loan ratio among peers, which stood at a low 0.5% as at the end of June 2017.
 
Tan Sri Teh emphasised, “The Public Bank Group upholds a high commitment to strong asset quality. It is a key to sustain the stability of the Group and confidence of the public, hence placing the Group in good stead to grow further, particularly in times of challenges.”
 
Overseas Operations
 
For the first half of 2017, the Public Bank Group’s overseas operations contributed 10.2% to the Group’s pre-tax profit. Tan Sri Teh said, “Public Financial Holdings Limited Group in Hong Kong and Cambodian Public Bank Plc, are the main contributors to the Group’s overseas business growth.
 
In addition, Vietnam will continue to be on the Public Bank Group’s overseas expansion plan. With the 100% foreign-owned bank license obtained in 2016, the Group has further expanded its business through the opening of 2 new branches in the first half of 2017. As at to date, it has 9 branches and is planning to open 4 more branches in the near term.”
 
Healthy Capital Position
 
The Public Bank Group’s common equity Tier 1 capital ratio, Tier 1 capital ratio and total capital ratio stood at a healthy level at 11.8%, 12.6% and 16.4% respectively as at end-June 2017, after deducting the first interim dividend. Tan Sri Teh reiterated that “Maintaining a healthy capital position provides the Public Bank Group with good growth opportunities while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirement.”
 
Group’s Prospect
 
The Malaysian economy for 2017 is poised for higher growth as the macro condition in the global and domestic front have generally improved. The domestic operating environment will continue to face multiple headwinds arising from rising prices, volatility in global commodity prices and financial markets, and various uncertainties that are likely to spill into the real economy.
 
Tan Sri Teh added, “In facing the evolving environment and the shift in trend in the banking landscape, the Group will continue to play its role well as a financial intermediary to serve public needs for financial services and facilitate economic development through its organic growth strategy. Banking is a business of trust, hence the Group will continue to emphasise on prudent management for sustainable performance and stability. Nevertheless, the Group will always remain agile and flexible to changes and opportunities to better serve the interests of all its stakeholders.”


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Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow
Founder and Chairman of Public Bank

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Earn Additional Interest on Your Savings Account with Public Bank!

For Immediate Release

29 May 2017

Earn Additional Interest on Your Savings Account with Public Bank!
 

Public Bank has launched the “PB Bonus Reward” Campaign on 1 May 2017 which offers bonus interest rates of up to 3.08% p.a. on top of the prevailing board rates of PLUS Savings Account (PLUS SA) and Basic Savings Account (Basic SA).
 
Under the Campaign, customers who place minimum fresh deposit of RM10,000 to a maximum of RM300,000 per account in their PLUS SA and Basic SA and allow the said deposit to be earmarked for four (4) months will be entitled to the bonus interest that ranges from 1.68% p.a. to 3.08% p.a. Customers are allowed to uplift the earmarking on the funds anytime with no penalty. The “PB Bonus Reward” Campaign will run for a period of four (4) months until 31 August 2017.
 
Besides the “PB Bonus Reward” Campaign, the Bank is also currently running the “PB UnionPay Savings Account Promotion” which offers an exclusive gift set of Panda Neck Pillow and Eye Mask when customers deposit RM2,000 in the PB UnionPay Savings Account and allow the deposit to be earmarked for (3) months. The Promotion ends 31 October 2017. The savings account comes with a UnionPay Debit Card which is currently offering benefits such as Duty Free Shop Promotion, Special Lane for China Visa Application and free GSC movie ticket.
 
Moving forward, the Bank will continue to launch attractive deposit campaigns to reward customers for their continuous support and loyalty.
 
To find out more about Public Bank campaigns, customers are welcomed to visit any of our PBB branches, log on to PBB website at www.pbebank.com or call our free phone at 1-800-22-9999 during normal working hours. Terms and conditions apply.

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Public Bank Clinched 4 Awards at Malaysian e-Payments Excellence Awards 2017

For Immediate Release

25 May 2017

Public Bank Clinched 4 Awards at Malaysian e-Payments Excellence Awards 2017

Public Bank Berhad (PBB) was a strong contender in the recently-held Malaysian e-Payments Excellence Awards 2017 (MEEA) after clinching four awards for its contribution to the growth of e-payments in the country.
 
It was an honour for PBB to have received the most prestigious award, Best e-Payment Bank, an inaugural award to recognise the bank that has pushed forward the e-payment agenda in all aspects including usage, acceptance, growth, reliability and customer experience.
 
According to Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyClear), this top accolade of the Malaysian ePayments Award 2017 was only given to the bank that displayed strength, growth, outstanding initiative and consistency across all e-Payment products.
 
The other three (3) awards won by PBB were: Best MyDebit Bank; Outstanding Contribution to Financial Process Exchange (FPX) Award; and Outstanding Contribution to MyDebit Award.
 
The awards were given out by Bank Negara Malaysia’s Governor, Y.Bhg. Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim. On hand to receive the awards on behalf of PBB was its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek.

The awards won by PBB are a direct result of PBB’s bundling of innovative e-payment channels and stable infrastructure to provide the best support to MyClear and to meet the clients’ needs to transact in a reliable, safe and secure environment at their convenience.
 
“PBB will continue to give our full support towards Bank Negara’s efforts to boost the country's migration to electronic payments by introducing more e-payment initiatives and enhancing its digital banking platform to improve customer experience, at the same time to explore new FinTech collaboration initiatives,” said PBB’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek.  
 
Besides being a key enabler in migrating businesses and organisations to e-Payments in Malaysia’s journey to embrace a digital economy, PBB is ever conscious of cyber security threats and is committed to put in place a well defined cyber security strategy and capability in order to protect our customers against cyber crimes.
 
PBB’s e-Payments journey is not a sprint but a marathon. To further intensify this journey, PBB will be launching the PBenterprise CMS solution that will allow easier and faster onboarding for businesses and also more user-friendly interface. PBB has organised extensive e-Payments forums nationwide to promote the Bank’s comprehensive online cash management and e-banking services in an effort to migrate more businesses onto the e-payments platform.
 
The MEEA is organised annually by the MyClear, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNM, to recognise the contributions of the financial industry, the business community and government agencies in accelerating the country’s e-payment agenda.

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(From left) Public Bank’s Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato' Sri Tay Ah Lek and Y.Bhg. Datuk Muhammad bin Ibrahim, Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia and Mr. Peter Schiesser, Managing Director of MyClear at the Malaysian e-Payments Excellence Awards.

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Public Bank Group Achieved Pre-Tax Profit of RM1.63 Billion For The First Quarter of 2017

For Immediate Release

20 April 2017

PUBLIC BANK GROUP ACHIEVED PRE-TAX PROFIT OF RM1.63 BILLION FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2017
 
Chairman’s Review

The Public Bank Group today announced a pre-tax profit of RM1.63 billion for the first quarter of 2017 on the back of a stable gross revenue of RM5.03 billion achieved during the quarter. Net profit attributable to shareholders grew by 1.5% to RM1.25 billion for the first quarter of 2017, as compared to RM1.23 billion achieved in the previous corresponding quarter.
 
The Founder and Chairman of Public Bank, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow said that, “The Public Bank Group has placed itself for a positive start in 2017, as the Group has continued to achieve stable profitability even in times of persistent headwinds facing the banking environment. The Group’s profitability continued to be driven by its core retail banking business underpinned by healthy growth in loans and deposits during the quarter, coupled with its sustained strong asset quality.”
 
Tan Sri Teh added that, “The Public Bank Group continued to sustain a satisfactory set of financial performance indicators as reflected in its net return on equity of 14.9%, gross impaired loans ratio of 0.5% and an efficient cost-to-income ratio of 34.3%.”

Sustaining Growth in Loans and Deposits
 
In the first quarter of 2017, total gross loans of the Public Bank Group increased at an annualised rate of 3.6%, with domestic loans growing faster at an annualised rate of 4.7%. The Group’s growing loans portfolio focusing on the financing of residential properties and commercial lending to small and medium enterprises, continued to capture major market share in the domestic lending market.
 
In the deposit-taking business, the Group achieved an annualised 8.1% growth in total customer deposits for the first quarter of 2017, underpinning a stable base for the Group’s funding position. On the domestic front, the Group’s total deposits grew at an annualised rate of 7.9%.
 
Tan Sri Teh commented that, “As the Public Bank Group’s loan base expands, the Group places great emphasis on maintaining a healthy funding structure to support its loan business. The Group’s healthy deposit growth has continued to form a stable funding base for the Group in managing its liquidity needs.”
 
Contribution from Non-interest Income
 
The Public Bank Group’s unit trust income remained one of the main contributors to the Group’s non-interest revenue. Through the Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Public Mutual Berhad, the Group’s unit trust business has continued to contribute positively to its financial performance.
 
Tan Sri Teh said, “The Group’s unit trust business through Public Mutual recorded a double-digit growth of 11.1% in pre-tax profit for the first quarter of 2017, as compared to the previous corresponding period. Public Mutual also continued to maintain its strong market position, capturing 45.8% retail market share of the private unit trust industry. As at the end of March 2017, Public Mutual has 135 unit trust funds under its management with a total net asset value of RM74.4 billion.”
 
The Public Bank Group’s non-interest income also continued to be driven by its foreign exchange business and transactional fee income from its banking operations. Tan Sri Teh reiterated, “The Group will continue to reinforce its efforts to drive non-interest revenue as a key strategy to generate higher income in sustaining the Group’s  return on equity.”
 
Prudent Cost Management
 
The Public Bank Group’s cost-to-income ratio increased from 32.3% in 2016 to 34.3% in the first quarter of 2017, but still remained efficient as compared to the banking industry’s cost-to-income ratio of 45.8%.
 
Tan Sri Teh highlighted that, “As rising prices linger in the business environment, the banking sector is not immune from the impact of it. Further, banks are faced with increasing cost of compliance for the enhancement of banking stability. While the Public Bank Group’s cost-to-income ratio has increased, it has remained the lowest in the domestic banking industry, reflecting the Group’s prudent cost management while pursuing continued business growth."

Tan Sri Teh further added, “High productivity and cost efficiency will remain a top agenda of the Public Bank Group in sustaining the Group’s competitiveness moving forward.”
 
Upholding Strong Asset Quality
 
The Public Bank Group continued to uphold its strong asset quality, with its gross impaired loans ratio remaining low at 0.5% as at the end of March 2017, as compared to the Malaysian banking industry’s gross impaired loans ratio of 1.6%.
 
Tan Sri Teh said, “The Public Bank Group is strongly committed to strict and prudent credit risk management. Resilient asset quality has remained a quality attribute of the Group in challenging times.”
 
Further, the Public Bank Group’s strong asset quality was complemented by its healthy loan loss coverage ratio of 104.0% as at the end of March 2017, higher than the banking industry’s coverage ratio of 90.8%.
 
Overseas Operations
 
For the first quarter of 2017, the Public Bank Group’s overseas operations contributed 10% of the Group’s overall pre-tax profit. Public Financial Holdings Limited Group in Hong Kong and Cambodian Public Bank Plc are the main contributors to the Group’s overseas business profits.
 
The Public Bank Group has also recorded commendable growth in its Vietnam’s operation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Public Bank Vietnam Limited (PBVN). Tan Sri Teh added, “The acquisition of the remaining equity interest in PBVN in 2016 has resulted in very encouraging performance. The Group will continue to undertake expansion exercise in Vietnam, with targeted opening of six new branches in 2017.”
 
“The Public Bank Group continues to see huge growth potential in Indochina. Expansion through the opening of branches, and enhancement of products and services remain on the agenda in strengthening Public Bank’s presence in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.” Tan Sri Teh added.
 
Healthy Capital Position
 
The Public Bank Group’s capital position remained stable, with its common equity Tier 1 capital ratio, Tier 1 capital ratio and total capital ratio standing at 11.4%, 12.2% and 15.2% respectively as at the end of March 2017.
 
Tan Sri Teh emphasised that, “Ensuring a stable and healthy capital position has continued to be the impetus for the Public Bank Group to grow further. The Group’s proactive capital management is a key competency in support of its growth strategies while ensuring the fulfillment of regulatory requirement.”
 
Group’s Prospect
 
“The prospect of the domestic banking industry will continue to hinge largely on the operating environment condition. For 2017, the ongoing expansion of the Malaysian economy anchored by sustained domestic demand is expected to remain conducive to banking business growth.” Tan Sri Teh said.
 
“However, the various headwinds facing the economy will continue to place downside pressure to banks’ operation. While the Public Bank Group is confident that its strong market position and PB Brand will continue to drive business growth, the Group will remain agile and responsive to various challenges and opportunities. The Group will continue to take proactive efforts to ensure it remains on the trajectory towards meeting its 2017 growth targets.” concluded Tan Sri Teh.

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Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow
Founder and Chairman of Public Bank

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Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow Accorded The Asian Corporate Director Recognition Award For The 7th Time

For Immediate Release

30 March 2017

Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow Accorded The Asian Corporate Director Recognition Award For The 7th Time
 
The Founder and Chairman of Public Bank, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow has been awarded for the 7th consecutive time, the ‘Asian Corporate Director Recognition Award’ by Corporate Governance Asia on 30 March 2017 at Menara Public Bank, Kuala Lumpur.
 
The award was presented to Tan Sri Teh by Mr. Aldrin Monsod, Founder, Managing Director and Publisher of Corporate Governance Asia and witnessed by Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director of Public Bank and Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Deputy CEO of Public Bank. At the same event, Mr. Aldrin Monsod also presented the ‘Icon on Corporate Governance Award’ to Public Bank for the 12th consecutive year from 2005 to 2016. 
 
With this award, Tan Sri Teh has received a total of 49 personal to holder awards in recognition of his exemplary commitment to excellence and lifetime dedication to the banking industry in the Asian Region while the Bank has garnered more than 400 awards over the years.
 
In his citation during the award presentation, Mr. Aldrin Monsod said, “Public Bank’s unflagging commitment to prudent management and performance excellence has enabled the Bank to gain various international recognitions, including the highest awards on corporate governance. Amid any prevalent business cycle, it conducts its business with integrity, enhancing a business model that is focused on delivering value creation over the long-term for customers, employees, shareholders, the community where it operates and the environment”.

“For all its achievements, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow implemented the best banking practices in Public Bank and in many ways, he is Public Bank himself. After all, he sets it up and created the brand that resonates in the banking industry, as a Bank of exemplary excellence and the Bank of preferred choice”.
 
“Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow has been an inspiration to many banks in Asia. Many of the banks are emulating the way Public Bank manages its business. The culture which Tan Sri has imbued among the staff has set it apart. Many are inspired by Tan Sri Teh’s astute leadership, strong commitment to excellence and his benevolence of giving and sharing. I personally have encountered the first-class counter service at Public Bank’s branches and the unique experience was like being taken care of by a caring family member”, said Mr. Aldrin Monsod.
 
Tan Sri Teh in his acknowledgement said, “It is indeed an honour to be bestowed with these two awards for several years from the Corporate Governance Asia which is an esteemed institution renowned for its strong reputation worldwide. I would also like to dedicate these awards to our customers, employees and shareholders who have loyally supported our Bank over the years which has allowed us to maintain exceptional corporate governance standards”.

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 Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow receiving the awards from Mr. Aldrin Monsod. On his right are Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek and Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam

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Public Bank’s 51st Annual General Meeting Held On 27 March 2017

For Immediate Release

27 March 2017

Public Bank’s 51st Annual General Meeting Held On 27 March 2017
 
In conjunction with Public Bank’s 51st Annual General Meeting held on 27 March 2017, the Founder and Chairman of Public Bank, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow is pleased to present a review of the Public Bank Group’s performance in 2016.
 
Performance Review
 
Tan Sri Teh said, “In 2016, the Public Bank Group celebrated its 50th year of operations in Malaysia. Although the operating environment was challenging, the Group kept its earnings steady and achieved another profit milestone with pre-tax profit of RM6.55 billion in 2016 as compared to RM6.49 billion in 2015. Net profit attributable to shareholders grew by 2.9% to RM5.21 billion in 2016, whilst earnings per share increased by 2.8% to 134.8 sen in 2016.”
 
Tan Sri Teh added, “The Public Bank Group remained top amongst its banking peers in Malaysia with the highest net return on equity of 16.5% and lowest cost to income ratio and gross impaired loans ratio of 32.3% and 0.5% respectively.”
 
Tan Sri Teh highlighted that, “Despite a tougher operating environment in 2016, the Public Bank Group’s loans and deposits increased by 7.5% and 2.9% respectively, higher than the industry’s loans and deposits growth of 5.3% and 1.5% respectively. As a result, market shares of loans and deposits in the domestic market have further improved.”
 
Tan Sri Teh added, “In view of the Group’s favourable performance in 2016, a second interim dividend of 32 sen was paid on 28 February 2017. Together with the first interim dividend of 26 sen paid in August 2016, the shareholders would have received a total dividend of 58 sen per share for 2016.” The total dividends paid for 2016 was RM2.24 billion, representing a payout of 43.0% of the Group’s net profit for 2016.
 
Above-industry Growth in Loans and Customer Deposits
 
The Public Bank Group’s lending activities to the retail banking segment remained its key strategic focus, driven by the extension of credit mainly for the purchase of residential properties and passenger vehicles as well as commercial lending to small and medium enterprises. Collectively, this formed 85% of the Group’s total loans and financing as at the end of 2016.
 
Tan Sri Teh further added, “As a result of above industry loans growth, the Group’s domestic loans market share continued to improve, from 17.4% as at the end of 2015 to 17.7% as at the end of 2016. The Group retained its top position in the domestic financing for purchases of residential properties, commercial properties and passenger vehicles, with market shares of 19.4%, 34.7% and 29.6% respectively as at the end of 2016.
 
On the funding side, the Group continued to achieve above industry customer deposits growth amid challenges encountered in the deposits market. This led to a further increase in the domestic market share of customer deposits to 16.7% as at the end of 2016, from 16.6% a year ago.”
 
Superior Asset Quality
 
Tan Sri Teh said, “The Public Bank Group’s asset quality remains the best amongst Malaysian banking groups. Gross impaired loans ratio remained low at 0.5% in 2016 and was well below the banking industry’s gross impaired loans ratio of 1.6%.”
The Group's loan loss coverage ratio stood at 102.7% as at the end of 2016 which was higher and more prudent than the Malaysian banking industry’s ratio of 90.2%. The Group’s loan loss coverage was significantly higher at 248.5% with the inclusion of regulatory reserves.

International Operations
 
In 2016, the Public Bank Group further expanded its operations in Vietnam with the transformation of VID Public Bank from a joint venture bank to a 100% foreign-owned bank in Vietnam. The acquisition of the remaining 50% equity interest in VID Public Bank was completed and VID Public Bank was renamed as Public Bank Vietnam Limited on 1 April 2016.
The Group’s overseas operations recorded a 8.5% growth in pre-tax profit from RM572.2 million in 2015 to RM620.7 million in 2016, contributing 9.5% to the Group’s pre-tax profit in 2016.
 
Steady Net Income Growth
 
In 2016, the Group’s total net income increased by 4.3% to RM9.96 billion, supported by continued growth in net interest income as well as fee and commission income. Besides sustaining a healthy loans growth and resilient deposits structure which contributed to the Group’s net interest income growth, the Group has continued to emphasise on growing its fee-based revenue.
 
Tan Sri Teh said, “In 2016, the Group’s unit trust management business and transactional banking fee income remained positive, contributing two-thirds of the Group’s total non-interest income. Public Mutual, the Group’s wholly-owned unit trust management company, recorded a pre-tax profit growth of 5.9% in 2016 and remained the market leader in the private unit trust industry with a retail market share of 46.8%. Public Mutual’s total assets under management stood at RM70 billion with 133 funds under its management.
 
Stable Capital Position

The Public Bank Group’s capital position remained stable with its common equity Tier I capital ratio, Tier I capital ratio and total capital ratio standing at 11.4%, 12.2% and 15.5% respectively as at the end of 2016, after deducting second interim dividend.
Tan Sri Teh commented that, “The Group will continue to be proactive in maintaining a healthy level of capital at all times to support the Group’s business growth strategies whilst maximising its shareholders’ return.”

Superior Returns to Shareholders
 
The Public Bank Group’s ability to deliver consistent and excellent returns to its shareholders, even during challenging times, clearly demonstrates the defensive quality of the investment made in Public Bank.
Tan Sri Teh highlighted, “If a shareholder of Public Bank had bought 1,000 shares in Public Bank when it was listed in 1967, and assuming the shareholder had subscribed for all rights issues to date and had not sold any of the Public Bank shares, he would have 148,938 Public Bank shares worth RM2.94 million as at      31 December 2016. In addition, he would have received total gross dividends of  RM1.16 million. This translates into a total value of RM4.10 million, representing a remarkable compounded annual rate of return of 19.0% for each of the 49 years since 1967.”

Recognition of Banking Excellence
 
Tan Sri Teh commented that, “The Public Bank Group continued to garner international and national awards in recognition of its banking excellence.” Some of the notable awards received include:

  • Best Domestic Bank in Malaysia 2016 by FinanceAsia
  • 50 Years of Asian Banking Excellence Award by FinanceAsia
  • Best Bank in Malaysia 2016 by Alpha Southeast Asia
  • Best Bank in Malaysia 2016 by Euromoney
  • Best Retail Bank in Malaysia 2016 by The Asian Banker
  • Strongest Bank by Balance Sheet in Malaysia 2016 by The Asian Banker
  • Best Domestic Bank in Malaysia 2016 by Asiamoney
  • Best Domestic Bank in Malaysia 2016 by The Asset
  • Domestic Retail Bank of the Year - Malaysia 2016 by Asian Banking & Finance
  • Bank of the Year in Malaysia 2016 by The Banker
  • Malaysia Automotive Finance Company of the Year 2016 by Frost & Sullivan
  • The BrandLaureate Best Choice Brand Award in Leadership in Banking 2015-2016 by Asia Pacific Brands Foundation
  • The BrandLaureate Industry Champion Brand Icon Leadership Award for Banking 2016 by Asia Pacific Brands Foundation
  • The Asset Platinum Award 2016 for Excellence in Governance, CSR and Investor Relations by The Asset
  • Corporate Governance Asia Recognition Award 2016 for Malaysia (Icon on Corporate Governance) by Corporate Governance Asia
  • The Edge Billion Ringgit Club Corporate Awards 2016: Highest Growth in Profit Before Tax Over Three Years Award for Super Big Cap Companies – Companies With More Than RM40 billion Market Capitalisation by The Edge Billion Ringgit Club  

Outlook
 
On the strategic directions and outlook for the Public Bank Group, Tan Sri Teh commented that, “Notwithstanding the tougher operating environment ahead, the Group will continue to focus on expanding its businesses organically by sustaining its presence and positions in the domestic retail segment.
 
As the Group moves beyond its 50th year, we are confident of continued profitability to sustain the Group’s position as a premier bank of excellence.”

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Shareholders at the Bank's 51st Annual General Meeting

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Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow giving his welcoming address

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Public Bank Launches the PB Quantum Visa
and PB Quantum Mastercard Credit Cards

For Immediate Release

21 March 2017

Public Bank Launches the PB Quantum Visa and PB Quantum Mastercard Credit Cards

Public Bank Berhad has on 21 March launched the PB Quantum Visa and PB Quantum Mastercard Credit Card, offering the market exclusive privileges that compliment lifestyle of today’s Malaysian discerning consumers.
 
The PB Quantum Visa and PB Quantum Mastercard Credit Cards are targeting mass market segment with a minimum annual income of RM36,000. To cater to consumers’ lifestyle, the cards offer 5% cash back on online, dining, entertainment and departmental stores transactions. On top of cash back, cardmembers will also earn up to 2x VIP Points for other retail purchases. As a value-added benefit, cardmembers are able to convert any retail purchase of more than RM1,200 in a single receipt to 12 months FlexiPay Plan at 0% interest rate. This FlexiPay Plan is introduced exclusively for PB Quantum Visa and PB Quantum Mastercard Credit Cards.
 
As part of the launch celebration, complimentary JBL GO speaker will be given away to Cardmembers with minimum accumulative retail spend of RM100. To further complement urban lifestyle of the cards’ target segment, Public Bank Berhad will be offering special 1-for-1 Deals at major dining outlets in Malaysia namely Sakae Sushi, Domino’s, Espressolab and Komugi.
 
Present at the launch of PB Quantum Visa and PB Quantum Mastercard Credit Cards in Kuala Lumpur were Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director of Public Bank Berhad and Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank Berhad, together with Mr. Ng Kong Boon (KB Ng), Visa Country Manager for Malaysia and Mr. Perry Ong, Country Manager, Malaysia and Brunei, Mastercard.
 
Commenting at the launch, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay said, “The PB Quantum Visa and PB Quantum Mastercard Credit Cards are the latest product introduced by the Bank as part of our initiative to offer cards that cater to the lifestyle of younger generation. This product is also well-suited for customers with fast-paced lifestyle with preference for online shopping, dining and entertainment.”
 
“We congratulate Public Bank on the launch of its new PB Quantum Visa Credit Card. This card is enabled with Visa payWave contactless payment technology to provide Malaysian consumers with a faster and more convenient way to pay for everyday purchases. In Malaysia, we have seen Visa payWave transactions exceeding two million as of February 2017 and month-on-month double-digit growth. We are confident that this will help displace more cash in the market, in line with Bank Negara Malaysia’s goal of reducing cash in the market,” said KB Ng, Visa Country Manager for Malaysia.
 
“The launch of the PB Quantum Mastercard Credit Card is an extension of our continued collaboration with Public Bank to offer consumers an innovative digital payment solution, with rewards and benefits, designed to meet their lifestyle demands. We know that consumers today also prioritize safety and convenience in their commerce experience. The card’s contactless feature allows consumers to make purchases seamlessly to enjoy a frictionless payment experience. This initiative is important to support the growing acceptance and usage of contactless payments in Malaysia,” said Perry Ong, Country Manager, Malaysia and Brunei, Mastercard.
 
To find out more about this Card, customers are invited to visit customer service representatives at any of our branches, log on to Public Bank’s website at www.pbebank.com or call PB Customer Service at 03-2176 8333. Terms and conditions apply.

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From left Mr. Ng Kong Boon (KB Ng), Visa Country Manager for Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director of Public Bank Berhad, Dato’ Chang Kat Kiam, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Public Bank Berhad and Mr. Perry Ong, Country Manager, Malaysia and Brunei, Mastercard at the launch of PB Quantum Visa and PB Quantum Mastercard Credit Cards in Menara Public Bank, Kuala Lumpur.

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Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow Awarded The Medal For The Development Of  Vietnam Banking Industry

For Immediate Release

14 March 2017

Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow Awarded The Medal For The Development Of  Vietnam Banking Industry

The Founder and Chairman of Public Bank, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow has been awarded the “Medal for the Development of Vietnam Banking Industry” on 11 March 2017, the first foreign Banker in Vietnam to be awarded this medal.
 
This award was another feather in Tan Sri Teh’s long list of lifetime accolades and recognition and with this award Tan Sri Teh has received a total of 47 personal to holder awards in recognition of his exemplary commitment to excellence and lifetime dedication to the banking industry in the Asian Region.
 
Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director of Public Bank during his congratulatory speech for Tan Sri Teh said, “This esteemed award, presented by the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam symbolizes the deep appreciation and sound recognition for Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow’s manifold contribution to the construction and development of Vietnam’s banking industry.  Tan Sri Teh has certainly achieved a high accolade in society.  Being bestowed with such a prestigious award is truly befitting as the man whose consistent track record attests to his total commitment towards excellence.  As a leader whose leadership is practiced not so much in words as in action, Tan Sri Teh truly inspires us to follow his footsteps towards extraordinary achievements.”
 
“It is a proud moment for all of us in Public Bank as we get to share in Tan Sri Chairman’s joy of receiving this recognition.  While such awards are personal triumphs for Tan Sri Chairman, we as members of his corporate family, cannot help but feel an equal sense of achievement and pride,” added Tan Sri Tay.
 
The prestigious award comes with a medal and certificate personally signed by the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam, H.E. Le Minh Hung was presented at the ceremony that was held at the Mines International & Convention Centre.
 
Public Bank Vietnam (PBVN), formerly known as VID Public Bank was one of the first joint-venture banks in Vietnam that was established on 30 September 1991 with equal stake joint-venture between the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and Public Bank Berhad (PBB) of Malaysia.  The Bank commenced its operations in May 1992 in its first branch in Hanoi providing a convenient platform for the Malaysian business community to conduct business operations in Vietnam.  Today the Bank has successfully expanded its network to all the major cities in the country with a total of seven branches focusing on retail banking business to serve a wider reach and spectrum of customers in Vietnam and remains one of the most profitable, reputable and prudent banks in the country. 
 
“I am truly honoured to be bestowed with this medal.  Since its inception in 1992, Public Bank Vietnam than known as VID Public Bank and being one of the first joint-venture banks in Vietnam has indeed journeyed a long way parallel with the development of the country.  A year ago we created another significant milestone in Public Bank Vietnam’s 24 years banking journey when Public Bank was granted the 100% foreign-owned bank license.  For this I wish to record our gratitude to the State Bank of Vietnam and the people of Vietnam for their trust in us to be a partner in the nation’s development and progress especially in the banking industry.  I would also like to dedicate this award to our customers, shareholders and business associates,” said Tan Sri Teh in his acknowledgement.

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(From left to right) : Mr. Chee Keng Eng, General Director of Public Bank Vietnam, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Tay Ah Lek, Managing Director of Public Bank, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow, Founder and Chairman of Public Bank and Mr. Phan Ying Tong, Regional Head of Indo-China Operations of Public Bank at the award presentation ceremony

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