ABC Islamic Bank Nets $8.1mn Profit

ABC Islamic Bank announced a net profit of $8.1 million for 2011, based on lower provisioning.

Bahrain’s ABC Islamic Bank today announced a net profit of $8.1 million for 2011, 293 per cent higher than last year.

Total operating income was $15.1 million compared to $15.9 million for 2010, mainly due to de-risking of balance sheet asset size.

Impairment provision of $0.5 million for regional exposure was taken during the year compared to $8.6 million for the previous year.

ABC Islamic Bank’s total assets declined to $1.035 billion at 31 December 2011 from $1.241 billion at year-end 2010.

Naveed Khan, managing director of ABC Islamic Bank said: “Despite our continued effort to deleverage the balance sheet in order to reduce concentrated exposure and timing adjustments in expense items, the underlying core profitability of the bank has delivered a robust performance in a highly challenging year for the group.

“This was made possible due to booking new relationships at higher spreads in target markets and also leading syndicated transactions at attractive fee levels

“The broad product range of the bank allowed us to penetrate markets such as Turkey by way of arranging syndicated transactions for a select group of Islamic Banks with strong linkages to GCC markets. ABC Islamic Bank expects to grow its financing activity selectively, as a result of both its recent drive to win new clients, and a gradual recovery in the borrowing appetite of customers.”

In addition, the bank intends to intensify its cooperation with ABC Group’s expanding Middle East North Africa subsidiaries by rolling out Islamic product support for their core customers.