Westpac Banking Corp: Model update

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Azib Khan
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By Azib Khan
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Former Senior Analyst
Date posted:
27 April 2021, 6:00 PM
Sectors Covered:

  • Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC) has announced that its cash earnings in 1H21 will be reduced by $282m (after tax) due to notable items. Of the $282m in notable items, $212m were announced as part of the 1Q21 trading update, with the remaining net cash earnings impact of $70m occurring in 2Q21.
  • We have consequently adjusted our 1H21 forecasts, resulting in a cash EPS reduction of 1.4% for FY21F. We have made no changes to our earnings forecasts for the outer years.
  • Retain Add recommendation and target price (login to view). Our views on WBC and the major banks sector are detailed in our report titled Banking on further share price upside

Details of notable items

The notable items after tax in 1H21 include:

  • Additional provisions for customer refunds, payments, associated costs, and litigation provisions of $220m
  • Write-down of capitalised software and other intangibles of $115m
  • Costs associated with ending the Group’s relationship with IOOF of $56m
  • Write-down of goodwill related to Lenders Mortgage Insurance of $84m
  • An accounting loss on sale of Westpac Pacific along with transaction costs and payments associated with divestments of $113m.

These losses have been partly offset by:

  • A net gain on the revaluation of the Group’s investment in Coinbase Inc of $288m
  • A gain on sale of the Group’s holding in Zip Co Ltd of $18m.

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