Bad debt, interest costs bite into Sri Lanka’ Nations Trust Bank June profits

ECONOMYNEXT- Net profits at Sri Lanka’s Nations Trust Bank (NTB) for the June quarter fell 32 percent to 641.2 million rupees from a year earlier on rising interest costs and bad debt, interim financial statements showed.

Group earnings for the quarter were 2.26 rupees a share, while for the six months to June earnings were 4.98 rupees a share. NTB closed trading on Thursday at 83.70 rupees a share.
Interest income in the June quarter grew 14 percent to 10.2 billion rupees from a year earlier while interest costs grew at a faster 16 percent to 6.2 billion rupees and net interest income grew at a lower 10 percent to 4 billion rupees.
Bad loan provisioning grew 86 percent to 1.3 billion rupees. The bank’s bad loans grew to 6.11 percent in June from 4.58 percent in December.
NTB’s loan book grew 4 percent to 231.2 billion rupees from six months earlier while investments in bills and bonds grew 25 percent to 20 billion rupees.
The bank in a statement said that it was cautious in expanding its loanbook.
Deposits grew 1 percent to 233.2 billion rupees. 
The bank’s net fee and commission income for the June quarter fell 2 percent from a year earlier to 1.33 billion rupees.
It paid 174.2 million rupees under the new tax, the debt repayment levy, which did not exist a year ago.
The bank-level tier 1 capital ratio was 11.85 percent, falling from 11.96 percent six months earlier, but remaining above the regulatory minimum of 8.50 percent.
The total capital ratio fell to 14.79 percent from 15.40 percent, remaning above the minimum 12.50 percent.
Bank-level return on equity fell to 9.54 percent in June from 15.04 percent six months earlier, while return on assets fell to 1.33 percent from 1.94 percent.
NTB said that group-level net assets per share grew 4.6 percent to 101.87 rupees. (Colombo/Aug16/2019)

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