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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 2020 KRWUSD
Gross Profit----
Operating income4,729.06B4,008.06M
Income before tax4,761.63B4,035.66M
Net income3,432.29B2,908.99M
Diluted EPS8,694.657.36
Dividends Per Share1,7701.50
Total Assets613,100.93B564,393.71M
Total liabilities571,435.45B526,038.31M
Total equity40,807.68B37,565.76M
Operating cash flow-699,500M-592.85M
Currency in KRWCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 15,616.58B 25,682.57B 30,349.97B 33,866.97B 36,322.20B
Gross Profit -- -- -- -- --
Operating income 1,714.36B 4,095.44B 4,322.80B 4,576.36B 4,729.06B
Income before tax 2,347.81B 4,138.42B 4,301.53B 4,517.53B 4,761.63B
Net income 2,143.74B 3,311.43B 3,061.19B 3,305.31B 3,432.29B
EBITDA -- -- -- -- --
Diluted EPS 5,559 8,257 7,676 8,388.65 8,694.65
Dividends Per Share 1,250 1,920 1,920 2,210 1,770
Total Assets 376,823.30B 438,106.98B 481,146.47B 520,249.70B 613,100.93B
Total liabilities 345,561.89B 404,062.15B 445,433.44B 481,529.58B 571,435.45B
Total equity 30,998.04B 34,038.68B 35,703.91B 38,134.71B 40,807.68B
Operating cash flow 6,823.19B 3,014.12B 10,033.18B 4,146.19B -699,500M
 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 13,460.37M 22,717.68M 27,577.90M 29,040.84M 30,784.45M
Gross Profit -- -- -- -- --
Operating income 1,477.66M 3,622.65M 3,927.97M 3,924.22M 4,008.06M
Income before tax 2,023.64M 3,660.66M 3,908.64M 3,873.77M 4,035.66M
Net income 1,847.75M 2,929.15M 2,781.59M 2,834.29M 2,908.99M
EBITDA -- -- -- -- --
Diluted EPS 4.79 7.30 6.97 7.19 7.36
Dividends Per Share 1.07 1.69 1.74 1.89 1.50
Total Assets 311,991.45M 409,235.40M 431,212.10M 449,867.88M 564,393.71M
Total liabilities 286,108.52M 377,434.15M 399,205.44M 416,386.00M 526,038.31M
Total equity 25,664.87M 31,795.51M 31,998.49M 32,975.67M 37,565.76M
Operating cash flow 5,881.09M 2,666.16M 9,116.78M 3,555.34M -592.85M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2020
Operating margin13.01%
Profit margin9.44%

Key executives

  • Chairman & Chief Executive Officer: Jong-Kyoo Yoon
  • Vice Chairman & Chief Operating Officer: Jong-Hee Yang
  • Chief Financial Officer & Senior Executive VP: Hwan-Joo Lee
  • Chief Information Technology Officer: Jin Soo Yoon
  • Managing Director & Chief Compliance Officer: Hye Ja Suh


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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 18 Jan, 2022

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