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Mirae Asset Daewoo logs over W1tr in operating profit


South Korean brokerage firm Mirae Asset Daewoo said Friday its consolidated operating profit exceeded 1 trillion won last year, making it the first Korean financial company to reach the milestone

Its consolidated group operating profit surged by 52 percent to 1,104 trillion won ($988 million) in 2020, while its profit before tax increased 26 percent to 1.12 trillion won. It posted 818.3 billion won in net profit, a 23 percent on-year increase.

The company said it ushered in an era of over 1 trillion won in pre-tax profits “by achieving improved performances in overseas business, wealth management, investment bank and trading,” an official at the firm said.

“Mirae Asset Daewoo will strengthen its foothold as a global top-tier investment bank through qualitative growth by solidifying balanced profit structure through thorough risk management.”

This is the first time a Korean securities firm has reported more than 1 trillion won in operating profit.

On Thursday, the brokerage firm said it would buy back 100 billion won of treasury shares as a mean to show its willingness to protect shareholders rights.

It will purchase 10.5 million common shares, or about 2.1 percent of its outstanding shares, in three months from Friday to April 28. Last year, the firm bought back 50 million shares worth 372.7 billion won during four rounds of buybacks and canceled 13 million shares. 

By Park Han-na (hnpark@heraldcorp.com)
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