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Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property advisory & buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place) - clients include hedge funds, resi funds, & private investors.

4 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

"Unfortunately so much commentary is self-serving or sensationalist. Pete Wargent shines through with his clear, sober & dispassionate analysis of the housing market, which is so valuable. Pete drills into the facts & unlocks the details that others gloss over in their rush to get a headline. On housing Pete is a must read, must follow - he is one of the better property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

So much for the margin squeeze! (CBA slam-dunks a $7 billion profit - after tax)

In spite of muchos talk of higher funding costs, Commonwealth Bank today announced a full year cash profit after tax of a shade over $7.1 billion. That's the highest ever reported in Australia by a non-mining company.

While embittered mortgage holders remain morose that banks are not passing on the full rate cuts announced by the Reserve Bank, Commonwealth and the rest of the gang continue to do exactly what they are compelled to do by their constitutions: maximise profits and returns for their owners, the shareholders.

This is the downside to only having four major banks. The restrictions on mergers, takeovers and indeed, any significant change in the banking system at all, all make for more stability, but the banks do operate a form of hegemony, so mortgage holders have little direct defence if they get stiffed on mortgage rates by the majors. They may simply have to look outside of the big banks in search of better rates.

The Reserve Bank stats warn us that on a price-to-book-value ratio measurement at least, major Aussie banks are the among the highest valued in world. Perhaps so, but $7 billion after tax is one heck of an earnings report (and the price/earnings ratios the banks trade at are by no means spectacular, from around just 9.7 times for NAB to approximately 12.4 for Commonwealth).

The earnings were pretty much in line with what analysts expected, but shares in CommBank (CBA) still crept by more than 1% to above $56 per share.

CBA is still very popular with investors due to its healthy dividend yields, its full year dividend paying a whopping $3.34 per share. That's very nice. Compare and contrast to the weak dividend yields of our resources stocks.
Note: CommBank serves up one quarter of Australia's housing loans. Commonwealth announced today that its loan impairment expenses dropped by 15% in 2012.

They instead elect to report here on a minor and inconsequential rise in mortgage delinquincies between Q1 and Q2 2012, despite them actually being stable for the first half of the year.

I suppose we all find what we are looking for if we look hard enough. 'DYOR'!