DUBAI- First Abu Dhabi Bank, the United Arab Emirates' biggest lender, reported a 19% fall in quarterly profit on Monday, dragged down by a double-digit drop in net interest income and higher impairment charges.
Third-quarter net profit was 2.506 billion dirhams ($682 million), versus 3.11 billion dirhams a year earlier.
CI Capital expected FAB to post a net profit of 2.5 billion dirhams, while EFG Hermes had a forecast of 2.2 billion dirhams.
Impairment charges in the quarter were 504 million dirhams, up 7% from a year earlier.
($1 = 3.6728 UAE dirham)
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