Bladex achieves record results

Bladex´s net income for 2023 was US$166.2 million, 81% higher than the previous year and a record for the bank. Jorge Salas, president of Bladex, pointed out that all relevant financial metrics show a positive trend with record annual figures for the bank.

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This week, Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior-Bladex, announced the results achieved during the fourth quarter of 2023.

Bladex announced that net income for the period was US$46.4 million, resulting in a record level of US$166.2 million in FY2023, up 81% from the previous year. The annualized return on equity stood at 15.5% in the fourth quarter and 14.7% in FY2023 due to consistent growth during the period and Bladex’s increased presence in the region.

Net interest income amounted to US$233 million, representing a 58% increase year over year. The focus on fee income yielded remarkable results, with a 64% increase from 2022, reaching US$32.5 million.

In light of this new level of profitability, Bladex’s Board of Directors decided to double the quarterly dividend from 25 cents to 50 cents per share, reaffirming the bank’s commitment to generating shareholder value.

Jorge Salas, Bladex’s president, noted that “2023 was an unprecedented year for us. Regardless of which financial indicator we review, last year was the best in our history.

In addition to having a record annualized return for the bank, Bladex’s commercial portfolio has grown by 30% since we began executing our strategic plan a couple of years ago. Our loan portfolio grew 9% year over year. Today, our US$9.5 billion loan portfolio is not only at an all-time high, but more importantly, it is as diversified, healthy and well provisioned as it has ever been, with late payment levels close to zero.”

Deposits in 2023 stood at US$4,408 million for the first time in Bladex’s history, up 38% from the previous year. “This not only strengthens our financing structure, but also reflects the confidence and backing of a wide range of international investors,” Salas noted.

The commercial portfolio grew around 10% to a record US$8.521 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2023 thanks to sustained cross-selling and the addition of new clients. The investment portfolio remained stable at US$1.011 dollars, which consists mainly of investment-grade debt securities held at amortized cost, further improving the diversification of credit risk exposure.

According to Jorge Salas, the outlook is positive. “We are very optimistic about the bank’s growth potential in the coming years. Today, Bladex is sailing steadily towards achieving sustainable double-digit returns. I would like to express my sincere thanks to our highly qualified team, clients and investors. Together, we continue to build a success story. Your support and trust have committed us more than ever to continue promoting foreign trade and sustainable development in Latin America.

About Bladex

Bladex, one of the industry leaders in foreign trade banking in Latin America and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Panama, it is a multinational bank with a presence in several countries throughout the region. The bank was founded in 1979 to promote trade finance and economic integration in the region.

Bladex has been listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BLX) for more than three decades, as well as on the Mexican Stock Exchange for more than 10 years. Its presence in these organizations has allowed Bladex to have shareholders from central banks and state entities from 23 Latin American countries, as well as commercial banks, financial institutions, institutional investors and individuals.

In addition to its presence in Mexico, it has offices in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and the United States of America, as well as a representative license in Peru, to serve and support regional development and satisfy the needs of its diverse client base, which includes financial institutions and corporations.

About Bladex

Bladex, one of the industry leaders in foreign trade banking in Latin America and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Panama, it is a multinational bank with a presence in several countries throughout the region. The bank was founded in 1979 to promote trade finance and economic integration in the region.

Bladex has been listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BLX) for more than three decades, as well as on the Mexican Stock Exchange for more than 10 years. Its presence in these organizations has allowed Bladex to have shareholders from central banks and state entities from 23 Latin American countries, as well as commercial banks, financial institutions, institutional investors and individuals.

In addition to its presence in Mexico, it has offices in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and the United States of America, as well as a representative license in Peru, to serve and support regional development and satisfy the needs of its diverse client base, which includes financial institutions and corporations.