Best Bank Chile: Honing Profitability

Best Bank Chile: Honing Profitability


“Sixty percent of our gross revenue comes from retail and 40% comes from corporate,” says Raimundo Monge, director of strategic and financial planning at Santander. Retail banking is trickier to handle, but once you get it can be very profitable,” he adds. Monge notes that while gross spreads tend to be higher in retail, which includes mortgages, cards and deposit accounts, dealing with consumer-level clients requires higher provisions and operational expenses. “The wrong cost structure can lose you a lot of money,” says Monge.While Santander Chile’s return on equity (ROE) in the first half of 2009 fell to 28.40% from 33.10% in the corresponding period of 2008,

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