Andhra Bank Q4 profit falls 72% to Rs52 crore on higher NPA provisions

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Hyderabad: Public lender Andhra Bank on Saturday said its net profit for the quarter ended March crashed nearly 72% to Rs.52 crore due to higher provisioning for non-performing assets. The bank clocked Rs.185 crore net profit during the same quarter last fiscal.

According to a statement issued by the bank, total income in January-March grew 9% to Rs.5,124 crore as against Rs.4,699 crore in the same quarter in 2014-15. The lender provided for Rs.1,023 crore towards provisioning (other than tax) and contingencies for the quarter under discussion compared with Rs.633 crore in the previous fiscal, it said.

Net NPAs stood at Rs.6,035.7 crore (4.61%) for the quarter under review, as againstRs.3,688.6 crore (2.93%) a year earlier. For the full year of 2015-16, net profit stood atRs.540 crore as against Rs.638 crore in 2014-15.

The bank raised Rs.800 crore through tier-I bonds in February month, the bank said, adding that it allotted Rs.136 crore worth of preferential shares to LIC in the same month. Net interest margin for 2015-16 was at 3.18% as against 3% a year ago.