Srinagar, July 26:J&K Bank the premier financial institution and a listed entity of the state today declared a robust start to the Financial Year 2018-19 by posting a net profit of Rs 52.59 Cr for the first quarter ended June 2018 registering 75 pc increase over the net profit of Rs 30.19 Cr reported for the June quarter in the previous financial year. The reviewed results were declared today after its Board adopted the numbers in the meeting held here at the Bank’s Corporate Headquarters.
The spokesman in a statement said that bank’s total income increased to Rs 1897.24 Cr from Rs 1790.53 Cr recorded during the corresponding period of the FY 2017-18.Net Interest Margin (NIM) of the bank for the quarter is 3.66 pc as against 3.19 pc in March 2018. The cost of deposits has reduced to 4.83 pc as against 5.27 pc recorded for the corresponding quarter last year.
The Provision Coverage Ratio a measure of banks cushions against bad debts stood at 66.78 pc, The bank has reported improvement in its Gross NPA ratios to 9.83% as compared to 10.79% recorded at the end of corresponding quarter last year. The net NPA stood at 4.65 pc.
The Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of the Bank has improved to 12.42 pc from 11.10 pc as of June 2017 against the regulatory requirement of 10.88 pc.
The advances of the bank grew to Rs 59841.05 Cr as against a figure of Rs 48733.19 Cr bank a year ago posting a credit growth of 23% . The deposits of the bank showed a muted YoY growth of 7.91 pc to Rs 77419.57 Cr from Rs 71744.48 Cr reported during the last year.
Commenting on the results, J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed said, “The bottom line has been aided by credit growth in J&K business which contributed to an increase in interest income of the Bank. We continue to reduce the share of corporate loans which now constitutes 48% of our loan book. In the J&K state business, our focus has been on MSME, housing, personal and startups. The outcomes are in line with the reoriented strategy put in place and we are quite confident today that the bank is not only on a sustained recovery path but has already begun to leverage the growth prospects in the state economy.”
“We have provided an amount of Rs 255 Cr during the quarter for the NPAs to maintain our Coverage ratio at levels comparable with the best in the industry. Simultaneously we have recovered/upgraded NPAS of Rs 535 Cr during the quarter. Though we have made NPA recoveries of Rs 4250 Cr in the last two years, recovery of bad loans will continue to be the topmost priority”, he added.
“With raising of Additional Capital of Rs 1000 Cr during the quarter our capital position has improved markedly with our Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) at 12.42 pc, which is much better than the regulatory requirements of 10.88 pc. It has also enabled the bank to expand our credit aggressively within the state to capitalize on the opportunities in the potential sectors of the state economy. We are confident that we will be achieving a credit growth of over 20% during the current financial year ” asserted the Chairman.
“We are continuing to improve our digital footprint by not only increasing the percentage of digital transactions but are also leveraging the cost-cutting opportunities by the digital acquisition of retail loans through our Phone Pe Loan channel. Over a period of the current financial year we are targeting migration of all our institutional customers to the digital channels by entering into MOUs for preferred customer status to them” said the Chairman.
Describing the challenges faced by the bank he said,” Stress on income still prevails on account of provisioning requirement as per aging of NPAs besides due to the reversal of interest booked on JK state restructured portfolio for the 03 remaining quarters as per the staggering allowed by the RBI. Restructured loans of J&K have to be managed well to avert slippages.”