29 Aug 2014

NZ Post profit down, Kiwibank up

2:57 pm on 29 August 2014

New Zealand Post has reported a lower full year profit.

The postal operator made a net profit of $107 million in the year to the end of June, a decrease of 12 percent compared with the previous year.

Last year's result was bolstered by a $72 million gain from the sale of Datacom.

New Zealand Post has reported 12 percent fall in profit.

New Zealand Post has reported 12 percent fall in profit. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Revenue declined 2 percent to $1.7 billion, due to the continuing decline of its mail business which offset growth in packages and parcels.

Chief executive of New Zealand Post, Brian Roche, said revenue from packages and parcels exceeded that of letters for the first time in New Zealand Post's history.

The company has also been cutting jobs to bring costs down, which fell 7 percent to $1.5 billion.

Mr Roche said its banking arm, Kiwibank, reported a 3 percent increase in annual profit to $100 million, mainly due to increased interest margins and lower bad debts.

The company paid its owner, the Government, a dividend of $5 million.

Kiwibank lifts profit to $100 million

Kiwibank lifted annual net profit just 3 percent in what it described as a very competitive market, which saw a massive swing from floating to fixed-rate mortgages.

Kiwibank's net profit for the year ended June, of $100 million, reflected a near 11 percent rise in loans and advances, while deposits rose nearly 6 percent.

However, the bank's costs grew more than 13 percent, while income rose just a little more than 7 percent, reflecting increased compliance costs and investment in the business.

Kiwibank chief executive Paul Brock said the bank's underlying performance was very encouraging.

"The highlights in terms of the growth over the year - balance sheet growth, reasonably strong at $1.4 billion, and that was occurring in an environment obviously where we had changing LVR rules from the Reserve Bank, and some challenges overall in the market as more and more customers move into fixed rates.

"It was pleasing to achieve these sort of profit numbers, particularly as we saw a massive swing to fixed rate lending in the year. Obviously that had quite a big impact on margin. That's currently running at about 70-30 fixed business to floating overall in our portfolio."

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