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Qatar National Bank Q2 Profit Surges 24%, Beats Estimates

Qatar National Bank Q2 Profit Surges 24%, Beats Estimates

Loans and advances during the second quarter rose 26.3 per cent to QAR296 billion.

Acquisitive Gulf Arab lender, Qatar National Bank (QNB), posted 24 per cent higher second-quarter net profit on Wednesday that beat analysts’ estimates by seven per cent and said it was opening an office in China.

QNB, which completed the purchase of a majority stake in Societe Generale’s Egyptian arm NSGB for $2 billion in March, posted a net profit of QAR2.6 billion ($714 million) for the three months to June 30 including NSGB.

First-half net profit was QAR4.7 billion, up 15.1 per cent year-on-year, it said.

Total assets rose 30.4 per cent from June 2012 to QAR431 billion, the highest ever achieved by the bank, its statement said, as result of a strong growth rate in loans and advances.

Loans and advances rose 26.3 per cent to QAR296 billion, and the ratio of non-performing loans to gross loans was 1.5 per cent.

Half-owned by sovereign wealth fund, Qatar Investment Authority, and with a market value of about $26 billion, the bank said it had all the necessary regulatory approvals to open a representative office in China. It said in May it will start operations in India in the third quarter.

Its acquisitions have been focused so far on the Middle East and North Africa, and it said last December it was looking at a majority stake in a top 10 Turkish bank.

With bank stakes in Indonesia, Jordan and Tunisia, QNB wants its international business to contribute about 40 per cent of profit and 45 per cent of total assets by 2017, CFO Ramzi Mari said in December, up from about 17 per cent and 30 per cent before the NSGB deal.

On Tuesday, the bank appointed Ali al-Kuwari as acting chief executive after a government reshuffle saw his predecessor, Ali al-Emadi, named as finance minister. Kuwari previously led the bank’s corporate, retail and international banking businesses.

Emadi was made chairman of QNB’s board this week.


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