SANTIAGO, CHILE--(Marketwired - Aug 23, 2013) - CORPBANCA (NYSE: BCA) (BCS: CORPBANCA), a Chilean financial institution offering a wide variety of corporate and retail financial products and services, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2013. This report is based on unaudited consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with Chilean generally accepted accounting principles. Solely for the convenience of the reader, U.S. dollar amounts in this report have been translated from Chilean nominal pesos at our internal exchange rate as of June 30, 2013 of Ch$507.89 per U.S. dollar. Industry data contained herein has been obtained from the information provided by the Superintendency of Banks and Financial Institutions ("SBIF").
In 2Q 2013, Net Income attributable to shareholders totalled Ch$43,717 million (Ch$0.128 per share and US$0.379 per ADR), resulting in a 55.4% increase when compared to 2Q 2012 (YoY) and in a 51.6% increase when compared to 1Q 2013 (QoQ). The increase mainly reflects (i) a lower funding cost that offset a negative inflation (measured as the variation of the UF) in Chile in the quarter: -0.07% in 2Q 2013 vs. 0.13% in 1Q 2013; and (ii) also a remarkable performance of CorpBanca Colombia with an increase of 30.7% YoY.
Total loans (excluding interbank and contingent loans) reached Ch$10,507 billion as of June 30, 2013, allowing CorpBanca to achieve a market share of 10.0%, a decrease of 12.3bp YoY and an increase of 8.4bp QoQ. CorpBanca continues to be the fourth largest private bank in Chile in terms of loans and deposits.
During 2Q 2013:
Net operating profit increased by 31.2% QoQ and increase 64.7% YoY;
Net provisions for loan losses increase by 38.2% QoQ and 57.8% YoY; and
Total operating expenses increase by 15.9% QoQ and 48.0% YoY.
Mr. Fernando Massú, CEO
In recent days, after receiving the required regulatory authorizations from the relevant regulatory agencies in Chile, Colombia, Panamá and the Cayman Islands, CorpBanca acquired control over Helm Bank S.A. through its subsidiary Banco CorpBanca Colombia. Through this acquisition and the planned merger of Helm Bank S.A. with and into CorpBanca Colombia, CorpBanca consolidates its Colombian operations.
CorpBanca's CEO, Fernando Massú, indicated that "with this new transaction, CorpBanca is reaffirming its long-term commitment to the Colombian market."
Also, Mr. Massú said: "Colombia is a market with huge potential and broad space for growth in banking business. Many local investors are investing in the country and we want to help our clients in these projects, long-term relationships with individuals and companies in Colombia, and also provide reassurance to our shareholders and investors to diversify risk and bank earnings."
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