Spain’s largest lender posted better-than-expected quarterly profits thanks to a strong performance in almost all regions – especially in Brazil, UK and Spain – and a drop in its non-performing loan ratio.
Net profits at Santander jumped 14% during the first three months of the year to reach 1.87bn, edging past the consensus forecast from FACTSET for 1.847bn.
Mexico was one weak spot, with results down 3% in comparison to the prior quarter.
At 11.3bn top line growth was 5% ahead quarter-on-quarter, with costs just 1.6% higher versus the fourth quarter of 2016 and loan loss provisions stable.
Its net interert income improved 10.2% year-on-year to hit 8.402bn while its non-performing loan ratio dropped from 4.33% one year ago to 3.74%.
Together, the above saw it return on tangible equity rise by 100 basis points to 12.1%. driving an 11 basis point improvement in its common equity Tier 1 ratio to 10.66%.
Santander reiterated its commitment to lift its CET1 ratio by roughly 10 basis points per quarter.