Arab Bank Group reported 5.4% growth in net profits after taxes and provisions for the first quarter of 2014, reaching $216.3m compared to $205.1m for the same period last year.
Customer deposits also increased as of March 31, 2014 by $4% to reach $ 34.3bn compared to $33bn at March 31, 2013. In addition, total credit facilities grew by 2.5% to reach $23.1bn compared to 22.6bn as of March 31, 2013.
Commenting on these results, Arab Bank’s Chairman- Mr. Sabih Masri, said, “The Bank’s financial performance during the first quarter reflects the progress it continues to make in implementing its strategy of diversifying income streams and concentrating on operating revenues in all the countries in which it operates.”
Arab Bank’s CEO- Mr. Nemeh Sabbagh commented, “Achieving this level of profits is an indication of the Bank’s capability to deal with local and regional developments successfully.” He added, “It also shows that the Bank’s prudent credit policies continue to preserve the overall quality of our credit portfolio, resulting in lower provisions for non-performing loans compared to the same period last year.” Mr. Sabbagh emphasized, “The Bank remains focused on its core operational activities raising its net interest and commissions by 4% and 8% respectively compared to the same period last year.”
Mr. Sabbagh pointed out, “The Bank continues to maintain a high level of liquidity with its loan to deposit ratio reaching 61.1% and its capital adequacy ratio standing at 14.6%.”
In conclusion Mr. Sabih Masri underscored: “Arab Bank will remain committed to providing banking solution at the highest standards throughout its extensive branch network across the Arab world and globally.” He added, “The Bank will aim to maintain its solid financial indicators and high quality of assets.”
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