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|19 March, 2019

Morocco’s BCP 2018 net profit up 3.5%

Net banking income grew 4%

RABAT- Morocco’s Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP), one of the country’s biggest lenders, said on Tuesday its first half net profit attributable to shareholders rose 3.5 percent to 2.9 billion dirhams ($302 million).

BCP cited an improvement of activities in Morocco and in African branches.

Net banking income grew 4 percent to 17 billion dirhams on the back of an improvement in the commercial segment while general risk provisions rose to 4.1 billion dirhams, BCP said in a statement.

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At BCP’s African branches, net banking income increased 14 percent, with a 12 percent rise in loans and 9 percent increase in deposits.

The bank proposed an annual dividend of 7.5 dirhams per share, up 15.4 percent

BCP has 6 million clients in Morocco and branches in Europe and the Gulf collecting hard currency from the Moroccan diaspora.

(Reporting by Ahmed Eljechtimi, editing by Ed Osmond) ((ahmed.eljechtimi@thomsonreuters.com;))

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