Commonwealth Bank

Commonwealth Bank’s good form has continued after announcing its third quarter update for the period ending 31 March. Unaudited cash earnings increased 9% to $1.9bn, and impaired assets and loans in arrears for more than 90 days have fallen from an interim peak of $9.1bn in June 2011 to $7.0bn. While the company’s individual-provisions-to-impaired-assets ratio is the highest of the big four, there’s not much protection if unemployment increases quickly. Manufacturers are struggling against the high Aussie dollar and the share prices of mining services and engineering companies UGL and Coffey International recently dropped 17% and 56% respectively due...

Commonwealth Bank’s good form has continued after announcing its third quarter update for the period ending 31 March. Unaudited cash earnings increased 9% to $1.9bn, and impaired assets and loans in arrears for more than 90 days have fallen from an interim peak of $9.1bn in June 2011 to $7.0bn. While the company’s individual-provisions-to-impaired-assets ratio is the highest of the big four, there’s not much protection if unemployment increases quickly.

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