Riyad Bank Q4 Profit Misses Forecasts

The Saudi lender reported a rise of 4.1% in net with full year growth of 10.1 per cent.



Riyad Bank on Monday posted a 4.1 per cent rise in fourth-quarter net profit, it said on Monday, missing the average forecast of analysts.

Saudi Arabia’s third-largest listed bank by market capitalisation said in a bourse statement it made 810 million riyals ($216 million) in the three months ending December 31 compared with 778 million in the same period a year earlier.

Nine analysts surveyed by Reuters expected 821.9 million.

The bank said total operating income rose 3.9 per cent versus the final three months of 2011 while full-year net profit in 2012 grew 10.1 per cent to 3.47 billion riyals.

Profit from special commissions in the fourth quarter rose 1.7 per cent over the same period in 2011 to 1.1 billion riyals.

Total assets at the end of 2012 were 190.2 billion riyals, an increase of 5.1 per cent over the end of 2011, while customer deposits rose 4.6 per cent over the same time period to 146.2 billion riyals.

Loans and advances rose 4 per cent over 2012 to 117.5 billion riyals.