National Australia Bank First-Quarter Profit Decline

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In its recent update, National Australia Bank (NAB) announced a decline in profit for the fiscal first quarter compared to the previous year. Despite this, the bank has reaffirmed its expense guidance for fiscal 2024.

Financial Performance

  • The unaudited net profit for NAB in the three months through December was A$1.70 billion, down from A$2.05 billion reported in the same period last year.
  • Unaudited cash earnings reached A$1.80 billion for the quarter, slightly lower than the prior two quarters.
  • First-quarter cash earnings were down by 3%, primarily due to a higher effective tax rate of 30%.

Revenue and Margins

  • First-quarter revenue saw a 1% growth compared to the average of the previous two quarters.
  • NAB’s net interest margin, which measures the bank’s profitability, was slightly higher than in the prior two quarters.

Business Outlook

NAB’s Chief Executive, Ross McEwan, highlighted the bank’s disciplined growth approach and focus on productivity to counter cost pressures. While Australian banks have benefited from interest rate hikes, competition in home loans and customer deposits has impacted margins.

Future Plans

Looking ahead to fiscal 2024, NAB aims to achieve productivity savings of about A$400 million and anticipates lower expense growth compared to the previous year.


Despite challenges in a competitive market, NAB remains committed to strategic growth and cost management initiatives to ensure long-term sustainability.

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