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Public Bank Bhd.

Company Background

Founded in 1966 by Chairman Teh Hong Piow, Public Bank is one of two banks in Malaysia owned by ethnic Chinese that has managed to avoid being absorbed by bigger players.

Public Bank's strength is in retail banking. It is a leader in property and vehicle lending, as well as in the management of unit trust funds, which has helped the bank remain profitable for nearly a half century. The bank is led by the chairman's right-hand man, CEO Tay Ah Lek, who has been with the bank since its inception. Tay is in his 70s and Teh is in his 80s. There are reports deputy CEO Quah Poh Keat will become the next CEO.

Although the bank has more than 100 overseas branches -- in Hong Kong, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos -- most of its operating revenue comes from domestic operations. Teh holds a controlling 24% stake in Public Bank and is also a major shareholder in LPI Capital, a listed general insurance company unrelated to the bank.

Business Summary

Public Bank Bhd. engages in the provision of commercial banking services. It operates through the following segments: Hire Purchase, Retail Operations, Corporate Lending, Treasury and Capital Market Operations, Investment Banking, Fund Management, Others, and Head Office. The Hire Purchase segment focuses on the provision of passenger vehicle financing to all levels of customers. The Retail Operations segment provides products and services to individual customers and small and medium enterprises. The Corporate Lending segment funds large corporate customers which are primarily public listed companies and its related corporations. The Treasury and Capital Market Operations segment refers to the proprietary trading in treasury related products and services such as foreign exchange, money market operations, and securities trading. The Investment Banking segment caters to the business needs of large corporate customers through the provision of financial solutions and direct lending. The Fund Management segment consists sale of trust units and the management of unit trust funds as conducted by the wholly-owned subsidiary company of the bank. The Other segment refers to the non-core operations such as property holding. The Head Office segment manages the investment of funds from shareholders and capital securities, as well as provides support services to the business segments within the bank. The company was founded by Hong Piow Teh in 1965 and is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2019 MYRUSD
Gross Profit----
Operating income7,079.39M1,708.76M
Income before tax7,134.14M1,721.98M
Net income5,511.55M1,330.33M
Diluted EPS1.410.34
Dividends Per Share0.730.17
Total Assets432,830.67M105,813.63M
Total liabilities388,084.47M94,874.58M
Total equity43,594.33M10,657.45M
Operating cash flow6,326.93M1,527.14M
Currency in MYRCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019
Revenue 17,974.03M 18,759.46M 19,424.70M 20,341.03M 20,678.41M
Gross Profit -- -- -- -- --
Operating income 6,374.53M 6,490.23M 7,113.95M 7,049.51M 7,079.39M
Income before tax 6,483.83M 6,552.67M 7,120.96M 7,095.91M 7,134.14M
Net income 5,062.15M 5,206.87M 5,470.03M 5,590.61M 5,511.55M
EBITDA -- -- -- -- --
Diluted EPS 1.31 1.34 1.41 1.44 1.41
Dividends Per Share 0.56 0.58 0.61 0.69 0.73
Total Assets 363,758.20M 380,052.82M 395,276.24M 419,693.28M 432,830.67M
Total liabilities 331,450.46M 344,689.05M 356,830.58M 377,596.81M 388,084.47M
Total equity 31,231.09M 34,213.31M 37,364.70M 40,973.05M 43,594.33M
Operating cash flow 4,970.51M 6,099.87M 6,700.13M 5,678.95M 6,326.93M
 Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019
Revenue 4,597.32M 4,528.30M 4,517.87M 5,040.67M 4,991.19M
Gross Profit -- -- -- -- --
Operating income 1,630.45M 1,566.66M 1,654.59M 1,746.92M 1,708.76M
Income before tax 1,658.40M 1,581.73M 1,656.22M 1,758.42M 1,721.98M
Net income 1,294.77M 1,256.87M 1,272.24M 1,385.39M 1,330.33M
EBITDA -- -- -- -- --
Diluted EPS 0.33 0.32 0.32 0.35 0.34
Dividends Per Share 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.17 0.17
Total Assets 84,723.00M 84,719.75M 97,671.42M 101,559.16M 105,813.63M
Total liabilities 77,198.19M 76,836.61M 88,171.62M 91,372.48M 94,874.58M
Total equity 7,274.04M 7,626.68M 9,232.69M 9,914.83M 10,657.45M
Operating cash flow 1,271.33M 1,472.43M 1,558.34M 1,407.29M 1,527.14M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2019
Operating margin34.23%
Profit margin26.65%

Key executives

  • Chief Executive Officer, MD & Executive Director: Ah Lek Tay
  • Co-Chief Operating Officer: Sulaiman bin Abdul Manap
  • Co-Senior Chief Operating Officer: Siew Yen Chang
  • Chief Financial Officer & Head-Finance Division: Sook Ling Yik
  • General Manager-Information Technology: Yoke Fong Fam


  • Consolidated Teh Holdings Sdn. Bhd. (21.6%)
  • Employees Provident Fund (16.3%)
  • Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (4.0%)
  • Permodalan Nasional Bhd. (3.6%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (2.8%)
  • Great Eastern Life Assurance Co. Ltd. (1.7%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (1.6%)
  • GIC Pte Ltd. (Investment Management) (1.2%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management (1.1%)
  • Eastspring Investments (Singapore) Ltd. (1.1%)

Contact Details

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