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Dubai’s Emirates NBD Q4 net profit rises 17.2%

Dubai’s Emirates NBD Q4 net profit rises 17.2%

The bank is the first major lender from the United Arab Emirates to report its Q4 earnings

Emirates NBD (ENBD), Dubai’s largest lender, posted a 17 per cent rise in fourth-quarter net profit on Tuesday, buoyed by loan growth, interest rate rises and higher sales.

The bank, the first major lender from the United Arab Emirates to report its earnings during the quarter, made a net profit of Dhs2.18bn ($593.5m) in the three months to December 31, a statement from the bank said, compared with Dhs1.86bn in the corresponding period of 2016.

SICO Bahrain forecast the bank to post a net profit of Dhs2.23bn for the quarter, while EFG Hermes expected a profit of Dhs1.98bn.

After opening its first branch in India in 2017, the bank said it would continue to expand its international presence in 2018 by growing its branch network in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and opening a representative office in Turkey.

The bank, 55.6 per cent owned by state fund Investment Corp, should benefit in 2018 as loan pricing moves upwards as a result of higher interest rates and as the UAE economic growth rate accelerates.

Performance in the fourth quarter was boosted by a 14 per cent climb in net interest income from the three-month period before as a result of loan growth and recent interest rate rises, it said. Non-interest income improved 24 per cent due to higher income from bancassurance and the sale of investments.

Still, growth was moderated by a 27 per cent rise in provisions from a year earlier to Dhs537m. Operating expenses climbed by 4 per cent from the quarter before as marketing and information technology costs rose.

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