The head of Toronto-Dominion Bank is pleased that the lender has more than enough capital to weather future economic storms.
In an interview on Friday, TD Group President and Chief Executive Officer Bharat Masrani said, given expectations that once pandemic restrictions are relaxed and removed, the subsequent surge in economic activity will make the bank very unlikely More money needs to be saved for potentially acidic loans.
“We’re seeing big signs in the economy; In North America, things are opening up, vaccinations are flowing out, and whenever we see any type of reopening we see very good growth and activity and we see that in the footprints we operate in, ”he said.
“On that basis, we believe the provisions are necessary, and we have. And honestly, if you look at our future coverage, they are more than healthy. I think based on what we see in the economy, I see the level of activity, that’s an appropriate level. “
TD Bank’s loan loss provisions (PCL) peaked at $ 3.218 billion in Q2 2020 during the worst uncertainty about the impact of the pandemic. The bank reversed course last fiscal quarter and released $ 377 million from its provisions, causing those funds to flow back into its profit stream.
Masrani said he was encouraged that the skyrocketing household saving rate will boost total output in the second half of the year, as consumers who built their household balances during the pandemic restrictions can put some of that money into newly opened businesses.
“The need to catch up is enormous. If you look at the economic growth projections, if you look at the activity, you would expect the economy to be quite buoyant, ”he said.
“And that should bode well for jobs and thus for economic growth.”