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Union Bank Q1 net up 11% on interest income, tax write-back

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

State-run Union of today posted a 11 per cent rise in net profit at Rs 130 crore for June quarter, helped by higher interest income and tax write-back.

It had reported a profit after tax of Rs 117 crore in the same period last year.

"Given the circumstances, we feel that this profitability is sustainable," bank's managing director and chief executive officer, G, told reporters here.

The lender's net interest income (NII) rose 17 per cent to Rs 2,626 crore, from Rs 2,243 crore, while its interest income rose to Rs 8,700 crore, from Rs 8,153 crore.

The said the interest income for the quarter includes an amount of Rs 274.43 crore towards recovery of non-performing asset (NPA) in accordance with resolution plan approved by the (NCLT).

Tax write-back in the quarter stood at Rs 270 crore, it said.

Domestic net interest margin of the lender improved to 2.34 per cent, from 2.20 per cent in the year-ago quarter.

Gross NPA worsened to 16 per cent, compared with 12.63 per cent last year, while net NPA increased to 8.70 per cent, against 7.47 per cent.

"For us NPAs have peaked. All large corporate bad loans have been recognised. We see the NPAs going down going ahead," said Rai.

The provisioning for NPAs in the reporting quarter was at Rs 1,803 crore, compared with Rs 1,876 crore last year.

Fresh slippages rose marginally to Rs 4,652 crore, from Rs 4,453 crore in the year-ago quarter.

The recovered Rs 1,252 crore worth of loans, while upgraded Rs 371 crore during the quarter.

Its exposure to all NCLT accounts is Rs 10,806 crore and it expects to recover Rs 3,500 crore from accounts under insolvency resolution process in FY19, according to Rai.

On non-core assets, he said the bank plans to raise Rs 360 crore in the current financial year.

The bank's scrip ended 4.10 per cent lower at Rs 85.45 apiece on the today, against 0.41 per cent fall in the benchmark.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 20:25 IST