Prices of SCB and KBANK Drop on XD-Date, Earnings Season Start Tomorrow with TISCO

The share price of SCB X Public Company Limited (SET: SCB) and Kasikornbank Public Company Limited (SET: KBANK), Thailand’s top two commercial banks, fell at the open on Monday as a result of posting an ex-dividend date.

The share price of SCB dropped THB 5.50 or 5.21% to THB 100.00 per share at the open as the company will pay THB 5.19 dividend per share on 3 May 2023. Meanwhile, the share price of KBANK fell THB 4.00 or 2.94% to THB 132 per share as the bank will pay a dividend of THB 3.50 per share on 3 May 2023.


The earnings season will kick off this week with the banking sector, starting with Tisco Financial Group Public Company Limited (SET: TISCO) expecting to announce its results tomorrow.


According to Refinitiv, Thai commercial banks would see small growth of 7.5% when compared to the first quarter of last year with Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited (SET: BBL) and TMBThanachart Bank Public Company Limited (SET: TTB) leading the sector from double digit growth. Meanwhile, other banks would see a single digit growth and single digit contraction.

However, the consensus for a quarter-on-quarter growth pointed to a much stronger bottom line due to a surge from Kasikornbank Public Company Limited (SET: KBANK) by 240%, followed by SCB X Public Company Limited (SET: SCB) with nearly 50% profit growth.

Target Price 1Q22 Income 4Q22 Income 1Q23F Income %YoY %QoQ
BAY 35.75 7418.00 7391.35 N/A N/A N/A
BBL 182.34 7118.06 7569.47 9665.00 35.78 27.68
KBANK 170.34 11210.96 3190.80 10821.00 -3.48 239.13
KKP 85.00 2055.35 1430.05 1907.00 -7.22 33.35
KTB 19.31 8780.34 8109.18 8539.00 -2.75 5.30
SCB 131.69 10193.00 7142.60 10591.75 3.91 48.29
TISCO 107.74 1795.49 1804.39 1817.00 1.20 0.70
TTB 1.54 3194.90 3847.32 4000.25 25.21 3.97

*Income unit in Million


Finansia Syrus Securities (FSS) stated by citing Bloomberg consensus that earnings of the Thai banking sector in 1Q23 are expected to grow 43% QoQ and 7% YoY. The strong growth on a quarterly basis is supported by KBANK’s performance from a significant decline in provisions, compared to its high level in the last quarter of 2022. FSS expected banks to record higher net interest margin (NIM) due to rate hikes in the second half of 2022.

FSS preferred BBL and KTB the most among the banking sector, seeing both stocks as the most beneficiary from rate hikes, while having strong loan quality and low valuation.


Kasikorn Securities (KS) also had a positive view on the banking sector on strong NIM at 3.05-3.17%, compared to 3.03% in 4Q22. The brokerage firm expected NIM in reach 3.20% in 2Q23 with borrowing rates on an uptrend, while stating that Thai banks could hike interest rates again after the central bank’s meeting in late May.