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Mashreq reports 40 per cent YoY increase in net profit

July 23, 2014

Mashreq has reported a 40 per cent increase in net profit for the first half of 2014, climbing to AED 1.16 billion as compared to AED 828 million in the first half of 2013. Continuing on the growth momentum witnessed in the first quarter of 2014, the Net Profit in the second quarter reached AED 585 million, an increase of 45 per cent from last year.

The bank's Total Operating Income for the first half of 2014 grew to AED 2.9 billion, an increase of 26.4 per cent compared to a year earlier, driven by both Net Interest Income and Net fee and commission income.

The bank's Net Interest Income at the end of June 2014 was up by 38.1 per cent compared to a year earlier, driven by 11.0 per cent year-on-year increase in loan volume and 33 bps improvement in net interest margin from 2.7 per cent in June 2013 to 3.0 per cent this year, which was predominantly led by change in balance sheet structure and composition of loans.

Mashreq's best-in-class Net Fee, Commission and Other Income to operating income ratio remained high at 49.5 per cent led by a 25.7 per cent growth in Net Fee and Commission Income and 30.4 per cent growth in Net Investment Income over first half of last year.

General and Administrative Expenses for the period increased by 5.4 per cent compared to a year earlier to reach AED 1.1 billion; However Mashreq's Efficiency Ratio improved by 7.4 per cent on a year-on-year basis to reach 37.2 per cent at the end of June 2014.

Earnings per share strengthened to AED 6.86 at the end of June this year compared to AED 4.90 a year earlier.

Asset quality continued to improve as Non Performing Loans to Gross Loans ratio reduced from 6.0 per cent in December 2013 to 5.7 per cent at the end of June 2014. Mashreq's Allowances for impairment, net, for H1 2014, was AED 556 million, and Total Provisions for Loans and advances reached AED 3.6 billion, constituting 105 per cent coverage for Non Performing Loans as on June 30, 2014.

Mashreq's capital adequacy ratio and tier 1 capital ratio continue to be higher than the regulatory limit and stood at 16.1 per cent and 14.7 per cent respectively, at the end of June 2014. 

Mashreq's CEO, H.E. AbdulAziz Al Ghurair, said: "Our first half results underscore the fact that the Bank is steaming ahead to a record year in a sustained manner, recording both top and bottom line growth because of equally strong performances from the corporate, retail and international divisions. This performance has been made possible by putting our long held philosophy of customer-centricity to work, allowing people to recognize that we are more than just a bank, we are a financial partner, providing them with the banking solutions they need for all aspects of their lives."

He continued, "Seeing how the UAE economy is picking up speed, we believe that this is the time when banks that will benefit the most will be those who are genuinely committed to putting their customers first and investing in the innovative platforms needed by the smart banking public in our market."

Mashreq's Total Assets increased by 15.9 per cent to reach AED 103.9 billion in June 2014, compared to AED 89.7 billion at the end of 2013. Liquid Assets to Total Assets stood at 29 per cent with Cash and Due from Banks at AED 30.5 billion at the end of the first six months.

Loans and Advances grew by 11.0 per cent during the first half of 2014 to reach AED 56.0 billion, compared to AED 50.4 billion at the end of December 2013. Customer Deposits increased by 20.7 per cent, during the same period, to stand at AED 70.6 billion at the end of June 2014.

The Bank's Loan-to-Deposit and Loan-to-Total Assets Ratio stood at 79 per cent and 54 per cent respectively at the end of June 2014.

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Source: CPI Financial

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