France’s SocGen quadruples profit, expects improved profitability

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France’s third-largest listed bank, after BNP Paribas (OTC:BNPQY) and Credit Agricole (OTC:CRARY) SA, also said it expected to improve profitability in the coming years.

SocGen said it expected underlying cost to income ratio – a key measure of banks’ profitability – to be between 66% and 68% this year, from 67% in 2021 and 74.6% in 2020.

Beyond 2022, the ratio will decline year after year, the bank said.

“The group is entering 2022 with confidence”, SocGen Chief Executive Officer Frederic Oudea said in a statement.

The bank’s quarterly net income jumped to 1.79 billion euros ($2.05 billion) from 470 million euros a year ago, with a cost of risk, reflecting provisions against bad loans, down by 87.5%.

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