BLOM Bank published on 31/1/2022 its consolidated, but un-audited, financial results for year 2021. The results obtained were naturally affected by the impact of the financial and economic crisis that has struck Lebanon since October 2019. Net profits came to $4.444 million compared to $2.605 million at end 2020; while profits from discontinued operations amounted to $100.054 million. In addition, BLOM booked $713.337 million in provisions for expected credit losses against $761.778 million booked in 2020.
In terms of balance sheet items, assets stood at $26.467 billion, lower by 10.93% from end year 2020; deposits were $20.381 billion, lower by 3.36%; loans decreased to $2.243 billion, less by 28.13%; and shareholders’ equity decreased to $3.182 billion, less by 0.08%.
BLOM Bank is required to comply by all BDL circulars as stipulated in the Code of Money and Credit, especially article 208. As a result, the Bank has complied for the year 2021 accounts, by these circulars when calculating expected credit losses in accordance with the specified ratios listed in Appendix 6 of BDL circular number 44, and as amended by the intermediate circular number 543 issued by BDL on February 3rd,2020. It is necessary to point out that the deteriorating economic and monetary situation in the markets, and the continued absence of agreement on an adequate financial rescue plan, makes it very difficult to estimate the negative effect of the current crisis on the Financial Statements according to the International Accounting Standards.
|Loans to Customers||2,243,099||3,120,943|
|Loans / Deposits ratio||11%||14.80%|| |