Alvarez & Marcel releases the banking sector performance report in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the 2021 financial year

Significant increase in loans and advances driven by strong performance in the mortgage sector

Net income increased by 15.5% year-on-year to SAR 48.8 billion. Supported by higher operating income and lower provisions for financing losses

The top ten banks recorded a decrease in net interest margin

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Company announced Alvarez and Marsalthe global company specializing in the provision of consulting services has announced the release of its latest version of Performance report of the banking sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the financial year 2021In which she indicated a significant recovery in the profitability of the banking sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the fiscal year 2021, coupled with the continued recovery of the economy from the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic. Total loans and advances recorded a growth of 14.2% on an annual basis in line with the growth seen by the ten largest banks in the Kingdom, while deposits experienced a slowdown during the same financial year.

The report on the performance of the banking sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the fiscal year 2021 shows a growth in net income by 15.5% on an annual basis, mainly due to an increase in operating income by 3.5 % on an annualized basis, in addition to a decrease in provisions for financing losses by 28.9%. The net interest margin fell by 18 basis points y / y to 2.9% in FY21 as interest rates reached their lowest level in 15 years. Although the net interest margin is lower, the increased profitability of banks again shows higher efficiency across the sector.

This banking sector performance report analyzes the data of the 10 largest listed banks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and compares the results of the fiscal year 2021 with the results recorded in the previous year. The report, based on published market data from independent sources and 16 different benchmarks, assesses the key performance areas of banks, including size, liquidity, income, operating efficiency, risk, profitability and capital.

The list of the ten banks included in the report includes the National Bank of Saudi Arabia, Al Rajhi Bank, Riyad Bank, Saudi British Bank (SABB), Banque Saudi Fransi, Arab National Bank, Alinma Bank, Bank Albilad , The Saudi Investment Bank, and Al Jazira Bank.

The most prominent trends in the results of the financial year 2021:

  1. The strong increase in loans and advances continued, with 14.2% y / y compared to 12.8% in FY2020, supported by a recovery in consumer spending while deposit growth slowed during FY21. This was driven by the strong performance in the mortgage sector across the banking sector. sector, recorded The total mortgage for individuals in the Saudi banking sector increased by 47.8% to 413 billion Saudi Riyal.

While deposit growth was slower at 7.2% y / y compared to 9.2% y / y in fiscal year 2020. Consequently, the gross loan-to-deposit ratio increased to 91.5% from 86.0%, emphasizing the increase in consumer spending as the economy. continues In recovery from the epidemic.

  1. Total operating income increased by 3.5% year-on-year. This growth is mainly due to a 4.0% JoJ increase in net interest income, due to higher cost efficiency at lower interest rates and a 9.9% JoJ increase in net fee and commission income. However, this growth was partially hampered by a decrease in currency conversion losses and a decrease in operating income of 8.3% on an annual basis.
  2. The total net interest margin fell by 18 basis points y / y in fiscal 2021 to 2.9%, largely due to lower interest rates. The Saudi Central Bank had previously reduced repurchase rates by 125 basis points to 1.0% in March 2020, the lowest interest rate since 2007, with the goal of economy during the pandemic. Gross return on credit decreased by 74 basis points on an annual basis, while financing costs decreased by 23 basis points on an annual basis.
  3. The cost-to-income ratio fell by 0.2 basis points / y to 35.2% as banks’ administrative expenditure rose at a slower pace. Total operating income increased by 3.5% on an annualized basis at a higher rate compared to operating expenses which increased by 2.9% on an annualized basis.
  4. Total provisions for financing losses decreased by 28.9% year-on-year to 12.4 billion Saudi Riyal, announced by Saudi banks in conjunction with the economic recovery, due to the increase in consumer spending, the increase in oil prices and spending. on infrastructure. As a result, the cost of risk increased by 39 basis points year-on-year to 0.7%..
  5. Gross net profit increased by 15.5% on an annualized basis due to higher operating profit and lower provisions. This led to an increase in profitability ratios such as return on equity and return on assets to 11.4% and 1.7% from 10.9% and 1.6% respectively.

The table below indicates the most important criteria used during the preparation of the report:


the scale



the size

Growth in loans and advances (on a quarterly basis)



Deposit growth (on a quarterly basis)




loan to deposit ratio



revenue and operating efficiency

Operating income growth (quarterly basis)



Operating income / assets



Non-interest income / operating income



Return on credit



The cost of funding



net interest margin



Cost to income ratio




Coverage ratio



risk costs




return on equity



return on assets



Return on risk-weighted assets




Capital adequacy ratio



Source: Financial Data, Investor Offers and Alvarez & Marsal Analysis

Commenting on this subject, he said: Assad Ahmed, General Manager and Head of Middle East Financial Services at Alvarez & Marsal: “We expect corporate and mortgage lending to see significant growth during 2022, mainly due to massive government initiatives such as the Red Sea, Qiddiya and NEOM project. In addition, higher crude oil prices in the wake of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict should support the overall government. spending in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “.

He added, “We also expect that the price increase announced by the Saudi Central Bank, in line with the interest rate hike policy pursued by the US Federal Reserve, will improve the net interest margins of the Saudi banking sector and thus its profitability. reach. “


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