Manama, Bahrain: ABC Islamic Bank today announced that its net profit for the first quarter of 2014 was US$3.5 million, 9% higher than the profit of US$3.2 million reported in the first quarter of last year.
Total operating income rose to US$5.2 million, 26% growth over US$4.1 million in the first quarter of last year. Operating expenses increased to US$1.6 million compared to US$0.8 million for the same quarter of last year.
Shareholders’ equity at 31 March 2014 stood at US$252 million, compared to US$248 million at 2013 year-end. The bank’s capital base remains very strong with a capital adequacy ratio of 26.9%, predominantly Tier 1, which totalled 26.5%.
ABC Islamic Bank’s total assets stood at US$1.131 billion at the end of the first quarter compared to US$1.002 billion at 2013 year-end.
Commenting on the results, Mr. Naveed Khan, Managing Director of ABC Islamic Bank said, ”The financial results for the start of 2014 are encouraging. There was a 26% growth in overall operating revenues compared to the same period last year. However a large one-off credit to expenses in 2013 showed a 9% increase in net profit in 2014. Fee and commission income also saw a 53% increase compared to the first quarter of 2013. Revenue lines remain buoyant and we are hopeful that the rest of the year will see further consolidation on positive momentum built up during 2013.”