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Bank ABC Islamic Announces 16% Increase in 2016 Year-End Net Profit to US$22.9 Million

Bank ABC Islamic today announced that its net profit for the year ending on 31 December 2016 was US$22.9 million, 16% higher than last year’s net profit of US$19.7 million. Net profit for the fourth quarter of 2016 was US$6.1 million, 70% higher than the US$3.6 million reported for the same period last year.

Total operating income rose to US$30.5 million, with an increase of 11.7% over the previous year of US$27.3 Million. Operating expenses were kept nearly flat at US$7.3 million. No impairment provisions were required during 2016, demonstrating credit quality soundness of the portfolio in a challenging credit environment.

Shareholders’ equity at 31 December 2016 stood at US$306.7 million, compared to US$283.2 million at the 2015 year-end. The Bank’s capital base remains extremely strong with a capital adequacy ratio of 28 %, well above the regulatory minimum of 12.5%.

ABC Islamic Bank’s total assets stood at US$1.634 billion, compared to US$1.344 billion at the 2015 year-end.

Commenting on the results, Mr. Naveed Khan, Managing Director of ABC Islamic Bank said, “I am so pleased with these results, particularly that they come in the context of a challenging year for our markets. The regional economic slowdown required proactive de-risking of the Bank’s balance sheet, with pruning of sectors most vulnerable to the economic downturn. This de-risking of the balance sheet was done to keep credit costs under control and take advantage of expected higher margins. Both objectives were achieved. Likewise, cross sell initiatives undertaken with the Group’s Debt Capital Markets team & Treasury Sales have yielded good results on Total Operating Income to Risk Weighted Asset ratios, as more Capital Light products and solutions are being rolled out to customers. ABC Islamic Bank is well positioned to meet the extra challenges that 2017 is expected to bring.” ​​