Narev humble as CBA makes $9.9b profit

August 09, 2017

Commonwealth Bank will unveil its full-year results as it faces serious allegations from Austrac.

Commonwealth Bank is expected to unveil an eighth straight record full-year profit on Wednesday but any celebrations are likely to be muted amid allegations of anti-money laundering law breaches and concerns about the future of the east coast housing market.

Analysts expect Australia's largest bank to lift cash profit about 3.7 per cent to $9.8 billion but will be watching closely for commentary on the effects of recent regulatory intervention to address record household debt and the impact on margins.

"The outlook for net interest margin will be a key focus, with the recent mortgage repricing and this year's trends in wholesale and deposit funding spreads suggesting tailwinds in the short term," Deutsche analyst Anthony Hoo wrote in a note.

CBA is the only major lender to announce full-year results in August, and lending margins could benefit from increased interest rates for investor and interest-only mortgages following March's sector-wide intervention by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority.

Mr Hoo expects a fully franked final dividend of $2.25, while Morningstar's David Ellis is looking for $2.26.

CBA shares closed down 1.1 per cent on Tuesday at $80.65, wiping out the previous day's partial recovery from a four per cent plunge on Friday.

That came amid allegations by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) of more than 53,000 alleged breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

CBA has stripped chief executive Ian Narev and other executives of short-term bonuses in an act of contrition for what it has said was a result of an IT problem.

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