Cash money: Record low interest rates have boosted subdivision profitability

The Finance subdivision has operated in a challenging trading environment over the past five years, with a falling cash rate and declining private capital expenditure weighing on its performance. Although residential property prices have surged over the period, other segments of the economy have lagged behind, leading to historic lows in the cash rate. The RBA has been hesitant to raise the cash rate, given weak wage growth and low inflation. The cash rate's decline has contributed to falling subdivision revenue, as interest revenue derived from lenders' loan portfolios has fallen. As a result, subdivision revenue is expected to decline at an annualised 0.2% over the five years through 2018-19, to $202.0 billion. Subdivision revenue is expected to rise by more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The cash rate's decline over the past five years has contributed to falling subdivision revenue
  • Despite declining revenue, subdivision profitability has risen due to lower funding costs
  • Subdivision revenue is forecast to increase on the back of a higher cash rate
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Finance subdivision exhibits a low level of capital intensity. For every dollar paid as wages, an estimated $0.06 is spent on capital investment. To maintain and enhance margins, businesses have sought to cut costs and reduce employment growth where possible, instead focusing on boosting productivity to facilitate revenue growth. The most common method in driving productivity gains has been through investment in automation and technology. The major banks have also introduced mobile payment capabilities through their smartphone applications to further integrate their company into the day-to-day lives of consumers.Improved technology has increased automation, information management and subdivision efficiency. Wit...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Finance Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Finance are:

  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Having a good reputation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Cash rate and Residential housing prices in the Finance industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Finance Industry?

    The Finance subdivision covers firms that provide financial services (excluding insurance and superannuation) in Australia. The most significant industries in the Finance subdivision are domestic banks, foreign banks, non-depository financiers and financial asset investors.

    Industry Products
  • Home loans
  • Business loans
  • Consumer credit
  • Industry Activities
  • Building society operation
  • Financial asset investment service provision
  • Credit union operation
  • Banking service provision
  • Money market dealing
  • Non-depository financing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Cash rate
  • Residential housing prices
  • All Ordinaries index
  • Capital expenditure by the private sector
  • Consumer sentiment index

  • Current Performance
  • Domestic banks
  • Demand for credit
  • Major player dominance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Banking and superannuation
  • Regulation
  • Table: Finance Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Finance Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Finance
  • Professional Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Accounting Services
  • Legal Services

  • Products & Services
  • Home loans
  • Business loans
  • Other
  • Consumer credit
  • Chart: Finance Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retail clients
  • Commercial clients
  • Government clients
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Finance Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Interest expense
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Finance

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Finance Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation, National Australia Bank Limited, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited,
  • Table: Commonwealth Bank of Australia - financial performance
  • Table: Westpac Banking Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: National Australia Bank Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Finance Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Finance Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Funds Under Management
  • The collective value of assets under the management of an investment or portfolio manager.
  • Loan Loss Provisions
  • A charge for bad and doubtful debts.
  • Net Interest Margin
  • Net interest income as a portion of interest revenue.
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