DUBAI: Emirates NBD, Dubai’s largest bank, on Wednesday
reported a 15 percent rise in first-quarter net profit as loan
growth and improved margins offset an increase in provisions and
The bank made a net profit of $735.17 million (2.7 billion dirhams)
in the three months ended March 31, it said, compared with 2.39
billion dirhams in the year-ago period.
Emirates NBD, which is 55.6 percent owned by state fund Investment
Corp., and other banks in the United Arab Emirates benefited from a
rise in interest rates in 2018.
The lender’s net interest margins grew 15 basis points from the
corresponding period to 2.83 percent.
Net interest income grew by 14 percent during the first quarter,
while non-interest income rose 18 percent.
The bank said a 9 percent increase in costs was due to investments
in its digital transformation.
Source: FS – All-News-Economy
Loan, margin growth lift Emirates NBD quarterly net profit