Other financial highlights:
* Operating profit rose by 9.7 per cent y-o-y to BD57.5 million compared with BD52.4 million in the prior-year period (excluding certain one-off income of BD3.3 million in the previous year). For the third quarter of 2018, it rose by 9.6 per cent to BD19.5 million compared with BD17.8 million in third quarter of 2017.
* Net interest income increased 18.9 per cent y-o-y to BD64.2 million compared with BD54 million in the prior-year period. For the third quarter of 2018, it increased 20.9 per cent to BD23.1 million compared with BD19.1 million in third quarter of 2017.
* Other income increased by 8 per cent y-o-y to BD24.3 million compared with BD22.5 million in the prior-year period (excluding certain one-off income of BD3.3 million in the previous year). For the third quarter of 2018, it decreased by 8.5 per cent to BD6.5 million compared with BD7.1 million in third quarter of 2017.
* Operating costs were up to BD31.0 million compared to BD24.1 million, an increase of 28.6 per cent which is in line with the ongoing investments in human capital and technology to support the bank’s transformation strategy. That resulted in an increase of cost-to- income ratio to 35 per cent. For the third quarter of 2018, operating costs were BD10.1 million compared with BD8.4 million in third quarter of 2017.
* Total earning assets stayed consistent at BD2,848.1 million compared to BD2,865.7 million.
* Loans and advances increased 2.2 per cent to BD1,172.8 million.
* Customer deposits stood at BD2,082.5 million compared to BD2,074.5 million.
* Total equity grew by 7.6 per cent to BD465.3 million.
* Earnings per share during the period increased from 35.8 fils to 39.8 fils.
Farouk Yousuf Khalil Almoayyed, chairman of NBB, said: “On behalf of the board, I’m pleased to announce another strong set of results from NBB for the first nine months of 2018. Once again, the bank has achieved solid double-digit growth in profitability whilst simultaneously increasing investments in human capital and technology, the cornerstones of the bank’s transformation strategy aimed at delivering sustainable growth for the bank, our shareholders and Bahrain’s economy in which we are a key development partner.
"Advancements for the period also reflect NBB’s success and commitment to stepping up participation in the local and regional markets. This includes enhanced support for SMEs and greater funding for key national and multinational corporates plus the development of new products and services.”
Jean-Christophe Durand, chief executive officer of NBB, added: “We are pleased with the continued strengthening of our results and profitability quarter after quarter as a result of the bank’s strategy of expansion and diversification. For the nine-month period, we reported a solid rise of 9.7 per cent (excluding certain one-off income) in operating profit backed by increased income generation from key areas of the business. Our digital transformation also continued in line with broader efforts to create greater long-term efficiencies and value for the bank, our shareholders and customers. Having rolled out our business online banking in the prior quarter, we continued to onboard business and corporate clients providing them with the benefits of our enhanced capabilities and services while working to further innovate and digitalise the business. We enter the fourth quarter with strong momentum and look forward to recording even further operational progress and financial gains during the remainder of 2018.” - TradeArabia News Service
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