Banco do Brasil expects to post a return on equity above 18% this year and a net income between R$18.5bn and R$20.5bn after reporting Q4 profit rose by a fifth to R$4.62bn ($1.06bn). CEO Rubem Novaes, who has pushed unsuccessfully to privatise the entire bank, said that the lender will likely raise “billions of reais” from the sale of at least 51% of the lender asset management unit. The bank has already sold some non-core assets and formed joint-ventures to expand some businesses, such as an investment banking deal announced in November with UBS Group AG.
Banco do Brasil recorded a net book income of R$18.16 billion in 2019, this is an increase of 41.2% compared to 2018. In Q4, net income was R$5.69 billion, an increase of 49.7% compared to the same period of 2018 and an increase of 33.8% compared to Q3. Among largest banks, Itaú was the one that registered the greatest benefits in 2019, with earnings of R$26.583 billion, an increase of 6.4% compared to 2018, the highest nominal annual result (not adjusted for inflation) ever recorded by Brazilian banks.
Brazil’s government has raised R$1.06 billion ($252 million) from a sale of shares in state-run Banco do Brasil SA carried out last week via the BNDES national development bank. The share sale had been included in the government’s asset disposal program unveiled last August, and was concluded on Thursday, the government said.
Brazilian state-controlled bank Banco do Brasil SA is planning reforms to better compete with private rivals, after President Jair Bolsonaro quashed an attempt by management to fully privatise it. The plan includes changing employment rules, maintain its dividend payout ratio, and forming partnerships with financial technology and other startups. Banco do Brasil is the country’s second-largest bank with a market cap of $35 billion.