Outlook and Strategy
The Philippine economy expanded by 5.6% in 2021 after contracting by 9.6% in 2020. Economic activity rebounded amid easing restrictions and improving mobility. The availability of vaccines and treatments contributed to the recovery of consumer confidence as well.
Household consumption rose by 4.2% in 2021 as e-commerce continued to expand. The continuous inflow of remittances and the decline in unemployment rate have also provided a boost in consumer spending. On the other hand, investment spending continues to lag the 2019 level but managed to rebound by 19% in 2021. The private sector has been conservative with its capital expenditures amid the uncertainties of the pandemic and the upcoming elections.
If the growth momentum is sustained, economic output will likely return to pre-pandemic levels by the third quarter of 2022. A full-year growth of 6.5 to 7.5% is expected in 2022.
Inflation was faster in 2021 at 3.9% compared to 2.4% in 2020 (base year 2018) amid supply constraints and improving demand. Average inflation in 2022 is expected to settle near the 4% target of the BSP due to existing and emerging inflationary pressures such as higher oil and electricity prices. Furthermore, global supply chain issues may increase the cost of imported products. As a result, the BSP may need to adjust its policy rate, to avoid the de-anchoring of inflationary expectations as the policy rate has remained below inflation for nearly two years. Aside from this, an adjustment may be needed as a response to the rate hikes of the Federal Reserve. Expectations of tighter dollar liquidity in the coming months might exert pressure on the Peso and the BSP’s dollar reserves if the policy rate is kept at 2.0%.
Meanwhile, government borrowing is another factor that could push interest rates higher in 2022. With government revenues still lagging behind expenditures, the budget deficit will likely remain substantial.
Achieve asset growth in high-margin businesses
Continued focus on SME, consumer, and microfinance lending
Strengthen funding franchise
Grow deposits and improve CASA ratio
Strategically expand branch network
Increase digital platform active users
Increase active users of online banking platforms for retail and business clients
Strong balance sheet and continued growth and optimization of deposit franchise and loan book
Manufactured and Intellectual
Reliable, secure, and expanding network of delivery infrastructure in both traditional and digital platforms
Energized, enabled, and engaged employees with diverse talents
Social and Relationship
Beacon of stability and credibility upon which trust is built and sustained among our clients and global banking partners
Efficient use of resources through environmental management systems to minimize our impact on the environment
How We Create Value
Building a better Philippines – one family, one community at a time
We are your trusted financial adviser, nurturing your future, and making life easier
- Corporate Banking
- Business Banking
- Consumer Banking
- Asset Management
- Global Markets Enterprise Services
- Enterprise Services
BPI Sustainability Strategies
- Financing Sustainable Development
- Financial Inclusion
- Supporting Nation Building
- Environmental Sustainability
- Social Responsibility
Corporate Governance and Risk Management
The Value We Create
2021 Financial Performance
Achieve asset growth in high-margin business
Delivery of superior shareholder returns in a manner that is transparent and equitable.
SME Loans: ₱59.8 billion
Consumer Loans ₱308.7 billion
Microfinance Loans: ₱5.5 billion
Cumulative loans disbursed: ₱27 billion
Growth to continue in 2022 led by Consumer Loans, notably credit card and personal loans
Strengthen funding franchise
A community of 8.6 million clients that has access to the formal financial system. Distributed ₱1.48 trillion in net customer loans
₱27 billion microfinance loans disbursed through BanKo to date
Financing Sustainable Development ₱600 billion outstanding loans towards industries identified to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Supporting Nation Building ₱312 billion loans disbursed to SMEs to date
₱21.5 billion raised through COVID Action Response Bonds issuance
Deposits growth rate: 13.9%
CASA ratio: 77.0%
Growth to continue in 2022, primarily in CASA
Employees A workplace that fosters learning and development, career advancement, and sustainable engagement.
₱18.4 billion total payments to employees
₱119,224 total training hours provided to employees
New bank branches: None
Branch Co-location: 56
New BanKo branches: 3
Optimization of branch network to continue post-BPI and BFSB merger, and as transactions migrate to digital channels
New BanKo branches: 13
Increase digital platform active users
3.2 million unique active users of BPI Online and Mobile App
Online Mobile Banking: 3.2 million
Bizlink/BizKo: 24,716 corporate clients
Online/Mobile Banking: 24% growth
Bizlink/Bizko Banking: 97% growth
In 2021, BPI realized a net income of ₱23.9 billion, higher by 11.5 percent against 2020. The aggressive provisioning undertaken by the Bank in 2020 allowed for the recognition of significantly lower provisions in 2021 which drove the increase in earnings, in addition to the record fee income.
The Bank’s comprehensive income increased to ₱21.3 billion, largely due to the net income recorded for the year, increases in actuarial gains on retirement plan, and remeasurement of liabilities.
Total revenues declined by 4.2 percent to ₱97.4 billion. Net interest income stood at ₱69.6 billion, lower by 3.7 percent, as NIM contracted by 19 bps driven by lower yields across most loan portfolios and treasury assets. Non-interest income declined by 5.5 percent due to lower trading income but this was tempered by a 23.2 percent boost in fee income.
Operating expenses were higher by 5.4 percent, driven by higher technology cost in line with the Bank’s continued digitalization thrust. Compensation and fringe benefits also posted a 2.9 percent increase; occupancy and equipment-related expenses was up 9.6 percent; and other operating expenses were up 4.2 percent. This brought Cost-to-Income ratio to 52.1 percent compared to 47.2 percent in 2020.
The bank booked provisions of ₱13.1 billion, 53.1 percent lower compared to last year. NPL ratio was at 2.49 percent, with NPL coverage ratio at 136.1 percent.
Total Assets stood at ₱2.4 trillion, higher by 8.4 percent year-on-year, as total funding increased by 9.7 percent.
Total loans ended at ₱1.48 trillion, a 4.9 percent increase year-on-year, with all segments posting growth.
Treasury securities increased by 20.1 percent.
Total deposits increased by 13.9 percent versus 2020. CASA and time deposit grew 10.3 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively. The bank’s CASA Ratio was 77.0 percent, while the loan-to-deposit ratio was 75.5 percent. Other Borrowings declined by 37.5 percent due to the maturities of Peso and CHF bonds issued by BPI Parent and decline in short-term interbank borrowings.
The bank paid ₱8.1 billion cash dividends or ₱1.80 per share to its shareholders in 2021. All three major international credit rating agencies reaffirmed their investment grade credit ratings for the Bank:
S&P at BBB+, which is the same as the Philippine Sovereign, Moody’s at Baa2, and Fitch at BBB-.