Republic Bank records US$81.7 million in half year profits

The President of Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL), Nigel Baptiste, has announced a profit attributable to shareholders of the parent of US$81.7 million for the six-month period ended March 31, 2020, a decline of US$36.1 million or 30.6% below the corresponding period last year.

These results reflect preliminary estimates of the financial impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Group as a result of increased operating expenses during the latter half of March 2020 and the setting aside of additional provisions of US$55.3 million for the first half of Fiscal 2020 (2019 – US$20.3 million) to cover potential future losses.

Mr. Baptiste advised that total assets stood at US$14.8 billion at March 31, 2020, an increase of US$2.3 billion or 17.9% over the total assets at March 31, 2019 reflecting mainly the acquisition of Scotiabank’s operations in St. Maarten and the Eastern Caribbean (except Antigua and Barbuda) on November 1, 2019 which added US$1.9 billion to the Group’s asset base.

The acquisition of Scotiabank’s banking operations in the British Virgin Islands remains ongoing, with the Group presently engaged with the regulator in that territory to obtain the requisite approval.

In closing Mr. Baptiste added, “Republic Financial Holdings is well-placed to make a major contribution to the regional recovery effort and is fully committed to doing so. We will seek to balance the interests of all our stakeholders as we all shoulder the responsibility of restoring sustainable growth to the territories in which we operate.”