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CBA posts record profit as borrowers feel the pinch

The strong results mean the bank is well placed to manage economic headwinds, CEO Matt Comyn said

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Wed, Aug 9, 2023 9:14amGrey Clock 2 min

The Commonwealth Bank has credited its continued focus on supporting customers and investing communities for its record $10.2 billion profit.

Releasing the full financial year 2023 results this morning, the six percent increase in cash net profit after tax comes in the midst of rising inflation, higher interest rates and a cost of living crisis.

The CBA said in a statement that it had funded $149 billion of new lending as Australia’s largest home lender, helping 150,000 Australians to buy a home. It also noted that CBA has provided Australian businesses with $35 billion of new lending, with one in four small and medium size businesses now CBA customers. 

It’s good news for shareholders, with return on equity up 14 percent resulting in a dividend per share of $4.50.

Acknowledging that some borrowers were facing financial challenges following a 4 percent interest rate rise in just over a year and increasing cost of living pressures, Commonwealth Bank CEO Matt Comyn said the results demonstrated a resilient banking system and provided stability for the wider Australian economy.

“It has been an increasingly challenging period for our customers, dealing with rising cost of living pressures,” said Mr Comyn. “Our balance sheet resilience allows us to support our customers and deliver sustainable returns for shareholders.”

He said the CBA would continue to monitor the impact of a slowing economy and reduced discretionary spend, particularly on small business.

“The Australian economy has been resilient with the tailwinds of a recovery in population growth, relatively high commodity prices and low unemployment,” Mr Comyn said. “However, there are signs of downside risks building as rising interest rates have a lagged impact on mortgage customers and other cost of living pressure become a financial strain for more Australians.

“The Australian banking system remains strong and has navigated rapidly changing and uncertain global financial conditions through sound liquidity risk management and strong capital regulation.”



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Preparatory Work for UAE to Oman Hafeet Rail Project Commences at Full Speed

Preparations have begun on the transformative UAE to Oman Hafeet Rail network, revealing significant construction details during a site visit.

Thu, May 16, 2024 3 min

The $3bn Hafeet Rail project between the UAE and Oman will feature 60 bridges and a 2.5km tunnel, making it an “architectural and engineering marvel,” according to CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi.

Hafeet Rail has announced that preparatory work is moving full speed ahead for constructing the transformative railway link between the UAE and Oman. This announcement was made during a site visit attended by key officials, members of the Asyad and Hafeet Rail executive management teams, project contractors, and consultants.

Key Highlights

During the visit, attendees were introduced to the main components of the project, including passenger, repair, and shipping stations, as well as major bridges and tunnel sites.

The Hafeet Rail project is set to play a very important role in enhancing local and regional trade, unlocking new opportunities in the infrastructure, transportation, and logistics sectors, and fostering economic diversification. It will also strengthen bilateral relations between the UAE and Oman.

The project will involve constructing 60 bridges, some reaching heights of up to 34 meters, and tunnels extending 2.5 kilometres. The Hafeet Rail team showcased the latest rail technologies and innovative engineering and architectural solutions designed to navigate the challenging geographical terrain and weather conditions while maintaining high standards of efficiency and safety.

The rail network will boost various industrial sectors and economic activities and significantly impact the tourism industry by facilitating easier and faster travel between the two countries.

Ahmed Al Bulushi, Asyad Group Chief Executive Asset, noted that the project’s rapid progress reflects the commitment of the UAE and Oman to developing and realizing the project’s multifaceted benefits.

Investment and Future Impact

Al Bulushi added that investments in developing local capabilities and expertise in rail-related disciplines over recent years have enabled the project to reach the implementation phase successfully under the leadership of highly efficient and professional national talent.

Hafeet Rail’s CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi emphasized, “The commencement of preparatory works for construction is a testament to the robust synergy between all parties involved in both nations, achieving this milestone in record time. We are confidently laying down the right tracks thanks to the shareholders of Hafeet Rail and the expertise of local companies in Oman and the UAE, alongside international partners.”

During the site visit, the visitors explored some of the key preparatory sites, including Wadi Al Jizi, where a 700-meter-long bridge towering 34 meters will be constructed. This ambitious project is envisioned as an architectural and engineering marvel in a complex geographical landscape.

Future phases will require more collaboration, with a continued focus on quality, safety, and environmental considerations in line with the international industry best practices.

The Hafeet Rail project represents the first-of-its-kind railway network linking two Gulf nations, marking a significant shift in regional goods transportation. This efficient and reliable transportation option will reduce dependence on slower and less sustainable road transport.

Hafeet Rail promises a 40% reduction in shipping costs and a 50% in transit times compared to traditional land transportation methods, as it will be connecting five major ports and several industrial and free zones in both countries.

This shift will reduce reliance on road transport by cars and trucks and promote more sustainable shipping practices. The establishment of the railway network will also create significant opportunities for SMEs in construction, engineering, and logistics support, acting as a catalyst for economic growth and innovation within the domestic economy.

By linking major ports, the Hafeet Rail project will enable local SMEs to import, export, and distribute their products more effectively, enhancing their market reach and global competitiveness.

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