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Corporate Results - Public Sector Banks
Andhra Bank third quarter net goes up 20% at Rs 331 cr
Mr R. Ramachandran, Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Bank, flanked by Executive Directors, Mr Anil Girotra (left) and Mr A. A. Taj, announcing the bank's results in Hyderabad on Monday. –
Hyderabad, Jan. 31
Andhra Bank's net profit has increased 20.36 per cent at Rs 331 crore during the third quarter ended December 31, against Rs 275 crore in the year-ago period.
“A strong 44 per cent growth in net interest income (NIN), beneficial lag-affect of deposits collected earlier and an efficient management, among others, were the key drivers for increase in net profit,” Mr R. Ramachandran, Chairman and Managing Director, Andhra Bank, told newspersons here on Monday.
The total business stood at Rs 147,682 crore, registering 25.26 per cent growth. Operating expenses had gone up at Rs 169 crore, including employee costs. Earnings per share stood at Rs 6.82 (Rs 5.68).
Non-performing assets had grown to 0.47 per cent (0.17 per cent) due increase in NPAs in micro loans and MSME sectors.
“During the quarter, a large number of small accounts of less than Rs one lakh were classified as NPAs. We have done 100 per cent provisioning for small retail loans. However, our NPA percentage is still the best in the industry and there is nothing alarming,'' he said.
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NIM improved to 3.91 per cent (3.85 per cent). However, in the current quarter, NIM ‘could be hit' due to increase in cost of funds. There could be a negative impact of 10-20 basis points, he added.
The bank will focus on all sectors equally, he added.
The capital to risk weighted assets ratio stood at 12 per cent. There could be Rs 1,200 crore capital infusion by the Government in Andhra Bank during the next fiscal year.
“We need capital to maintain a growth of 25 per cent per annum and meet incremental business needs,'' Mr Ramachandran said.
Andhra Bank, which had Rs 293 crore outstanding loans from MFIs, would go by the new collecting approach to be adopted by banks while lending to MFIs. “IBA and a lenders' forum are working on this,” the CMD said.
At present, there were no requests for restructuring of loans from MFIs, he added.
The scrip of Andhra Bank gained 1.38 per cent to end at Rs 139.75 on BSE on Monday.
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