Allied Bank Limited (ABL), one of the top five in the country, has had an amazing run of late, and the 9MCY14 financial results consolidated its position further. From top to bottom, it is hard to find even a single glitch in the profit and loss statement, showing how well ABL has response to a tough set of conditions.
National Foods (KSE: NATF), one of the forerunners of packaged food additives in Pakistan announced pleasant results for 1QFY14. Last few months have mostly been considered as a sluggish time for the FMCG segment, in spite of the eventful time of the year for the food manufacturers i.e. Ramazan, taking place in the start of the quarter.
The recently announced Large Scale Manufacturing (LSM) growth numbers seems to have rebuffed the theory that the sit-ins and the political rallies have been hitting hard on economic growth. They may indeed be hitting investment prospects and other macroeconomics indicators but data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) show that even at the peak of the sit-ins and blockages the factories were busy producing goods in substantial quantities.
Faysal Bank (FABL) is one of the very few top bank having a tilt towards advances more than investments. With 9MCY14 balance sheet numbers not known yet, one cannot comment on how much of the PIB bonanza did FABL cash on. Safe to assume, the investments did go up, as the yields on offer were too lucrative to let go of.
Low spreads - what low spreads? Habib Metropolitan Bank (HMB) is having a really good time. Yes the spreads have not increased, in fact they are at the lowest for some time, but the investment opportunities on offer are too lucrative for banks at the moment. HMB seems to have cashed in on the PIB party thrown by the government and seems to have made a good feast of it.
One can imagine the solemn mood prevailing in the boardroom of PICIC asset management yesterday. Its equity funds i.e. PICIC Growth Fund and PICIC Investment Fund saw their fortunes slipping with the start of FY15.
Consistency matters! And when it comes to profitability, Abbott Pakistan is consistent in pleasing its stakeholders. And financial results for 9MCY14 buttressed the same sentiment with its bottom line showcasing a decent rise of 15 percent year-on-year.