This was just before it announced strong results, with a 12% increase in net profit from 2014. With a NAV of $15.82, DBS was trading at a discount in PB of 0.843 at my purchase price. Local banks rarely trade at discount in their PB ratios, especially since they are regarding one of the safest in the world, and produce ROAs above 1. DBS specifically has tier ratios of 13.5%,13.5% and 15.4% which are higher than the required Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) CAR of 6.5%, Tier 1 CAR of 8%, and Total CAR of 10%. These CARs measure a bank’s ability to absorb losses; the higher the ratios, the thicker the cushion. In fact, DBS remained profitable during the Great Financial Crisis in 2009, while other international banks became insolvent. I chose DBS over the OCBC and UOB due to its larger discount in its NAV, although OCBC remains attractive as well. At my purchase price, dividends given for FY15 was $0.60, presenting a yield of 4.5%, which is decent enough for me.
DBS is one of the biggest banks in Southeast Asia, and possesses a strong franchise in in the region. I believe its brand to be enduring and will be looking at increasing my stake if prices do dip in the future.
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