Emirates NBD, Dubai’s largest lender, posts 51% rise in third-quarter net profit

Emirates NBD, Dubai’s largest lender, reported a 25% year-on-year (YoY) increase in net profit on the back of strong loan growth and high interest rates.

Its third-quarter net profit rose 51% year-on-year to AED3.8 billion, surpassing the equivalent of $1 billion, while net interest income rose 37%, driven by improving the composition of loans and deposits.

Net profit for the first nine months of the year reached AED9.1 billion ($2.4 billion), compared to AED7.3 billion in the same period last year and almost level earnings for the year 2021, the bank said in a stock market filing on Thursday.

“Group benefit [was] up 25% on strong growth in diversified revenue,” the bank said.

The bank said higher interest rates had passed through to margins, while loan growth was strong.

“[There was] strong new loans from retail and corporate customers,” the filing said.

Its unfunded revenue grew 83% year-on-year during the period, driven by higher activity that includes local and international card transactions.

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The bank’s subsidiary, Emirates Islamic, also recorded AED353.4 million in profit in the third quarter, compared to AED235.5 million year-on-year.

Total revenue for the quarter increased by 32% year-on-year to reach AED815 million. Net profit for the first nine months of 2022 increased 31% year-on-year to AED 1.054 billion, with total revenue for the period up 22% to AED 2.185 billion.

CEO Salah Mohammed Amin said the bank has seen improvements in retail, corporate and wholesale banking, with customer funding up 12% in the first nine months and its diversified deposit base of 16%.

(Reporting by Cleofe Maceda, with contributions by Imogen Lillywhite; editing by Seban Scaria)

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