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KB Financial Group, Inc.

Company Background

KB Financial Group is a major player in South Korea's financial services sector. The holding company presides over KB Kookmin Bank, KB Kookmin Card, KB Investment & Securities and KB Life Insurance. As of the end of December 2014, the consolidated total assets of KB Financial Group ranked alongside those of South Korea's top financial holding companies.

KB Kookmin Bank was formed over time through the merger of a number of other major South Korean financial institutions, especially in 1998 and 2001. It shifted to the financial holding company system in 2008. In terms of assets, KB Financial Group ranks alongside the holding companies of other major institutions such as Shinhan Financial Group and Hana Financial Group. The group was the latest in reorganizing itself into a holding company structure.

KB Financial Group has operations in Japan, the U.S. and Britain as well as in China, India and Southeast Asian nations such as Vietnam. It is expanding its overseas network as corporate clients set up shop abroad. It aims to further broaden overseas operations as it lags behind Hana and other rivals in this regard.

As the South Korean economy remains weak, the Bank of Korea, the central bank, has brought down its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 1.5%. Against this backdrop, KB Financial is faced with the need to create a new earnings model in the business environment, in which new payment settlement systems based on fintech and other information technologies, for example, are expected to catch on.

Business Summary

KB Financial Group, Inc. engages in providing financial services through its subsidiaries. It operates through the following segments: Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Other Banking Services, Credit Card, Life Insurance, Investment and Securities business. The Corporate Banking business segment provides services such as loans, overdrafts, deposits, credit facilities and other foreign currency activities. The Retail Banking business segment offers services such as private customer current accounts, savings, deposits, consumer loans and mortgage loans. The Other Banking business segment provides services relating to banking business besides corporate banking and retail banking services. The Credit Card business segment offers services such as domestic as well as overseas credit and debit card operations. The Investment and Securities business segment provides services such as investment banking and brokerage. The Life Insurance business segment provides products such as life insurance and wealth management. The company was founded on September 29, 2008 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2021 KRWUSD
Gross Profit----
Operating income6,132.40B5,355.06M
Income before tax6,050.12B5,283.22M
Net income4,338.00B3,788.12M
Diluted EPS10,889.559.50
Dividends Per Share2,9402.56
Total Assets666,146.91B560,375.96M
Total liabilities620,691.21B522,137.73M
Total equity44,622.36B37,537.21M
Operating cash flow8,322.87B7,267.87M
Currency in KRWCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020Dec 2021
Revenue 25,682.57B 30,376.07B 32,422.12B 35,707.92B 38,791.48B
Gross Profit -- -- -- -- --
Operating income 4,095.44B 4,348.89B 4,576.36B 4,747.40B 6,132.40B
Income before tax 4,138.42B 4,301.53B 4,517.53B 4,848.49B 6,050.12B
Net income 3,311.43B 3,061.19B 3,305.31B 3,445.58B 4,338.00B
EBITDA -- -- -- -- --
Diluted EPS 8,257 7,676 8,388.65 8,730.36 10,889.55
Dividends Per Share 1,920 1,920 2,210 1,770 2,940
Total Assets 438,106.98B 481,146.47B 520,249.70B 613,133.16B 666,146.91B
Total liabilities 404,062.15B 445,433.44B 481,529.58B 571,426.80B 620,691.21B
Total equity 34,038.68B 35,703.91B 38,134.71B 40,848.58B 44,622.36B
Operating cash flow 3,014.12B 10,033.18B 4,146.19B -699,500M 8,322.87B
 Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020Dec 2021
Revenue 22,717.68M 27,601.61M 27,801.89M 30,263.83M 33,874.31M
Gross Profit -- -- -- -- --
Operating income 3,622.65M 3,951.67M 3,924.22M 4,023.60M 5,355.06M
Income before tax 3,660.66M 3,908.64M 3,873.77M 4,109.28M 5,283.22M
Net income 2,929.15M 2,781.59M 2,834.29M 2,920.26M 3,788.12M
EBITDA -- -- -- -- --
Diluted EPS 7.30 6.97 7.19 7.39 9.50
Dividends Per Share 1.69 1.74 1.89 1.50 2.56
Total Assets 409,235.40M 431,212.10M 449,867.88M 564,423.39M 560,375.96M
Total liabilities 377,434.15M 399,205.44M 416,386.00M 526,030.34M 522,137.73M
Total equity 31,795.51M 31,998.49M 32,975.67M 37,603.40M 37,537.21M
Operating cash flow 2,666.16M 9,116.78M 3,555.34M -592.85M 7,267.87M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2021
Operating margin15.80%
Profit margin11.18%

Key executives

  • Chairman & Chief Executive Officer: Jong-Kyoo Yoon
  • Vice Chairman & Chief Operating Officer: Jong-Hee Yang
  • Chief Finance Officer & Senior Managing Director: S. Y. Seo
  • Chief Information Technology Officer: Jin Soo Yoon
  • Chief Compliance Officer & Managing Director: Hye Ja Suh


  • National Pension Service of Korea (8.2%)
  • KB Financial Group, Inc. (5.5%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (2.5%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (2.3%)
  • Kb Financial Group, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Association (1.8%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management (1.6%)
  • Hermes Investment Management Ltd. (1.4%)
  • Fidelity Management & Research Co. LLC (1.3%)
  • Samsung Asset Management Co., Ltd. (1.0%)
  • BlackRock Advisors (UK) Ltd. (0.9%)

Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: 26 Gukjegeumyung-ro 8-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, 07331, South Korea
  • Phone: +82.2.2073.7114

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Last Updated on 4 Oct, 2022

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