JK News Today
Srinagar, May 16:
J&K Bank, the state-owned premier financial institution, reported Rs 456 crore net profits for the financial year 2018-19, which is 129 percent higher as compared to last fiscal’s Rs 202 crore.
For the March quarter, bank reported a profit of 214.8 crore as compared to Rs 28.41 crore in the corresponding quarter of FY 2017-18. Buoyed by strong retail credit growth, sale of partial stake in PNB MetLife and resolution of some large NPLs the total income of the bank rose to Rs 8487 crore in the FY 2018-19 as compared to Rs 7116 crore a year ago.
The results for the FY 2018-19 and Q4 FY 18-19 were announced by the Bank on Wednesday after Board of Directors of the Bank adopted the audited numbers of the Bank in its meeting held at Bank’s Corporate Headquarters Srinagar. The growth in J&K state credit has been reported at 23% over the last year and net interest income the difference between interest earned on loans and that paid on deposits grew by 42% in the 4th quarter of the financial year 2018-19.The NIIM of the bank which is an indicator of profitability was calculated at 4.05 for the 4th quarter and on full year basis it improved to 3.84% as compared to 3.65% in the previous fiscal.
The Chairman & CEO J&K Bank while acknowledging the support and guidance of the Board of Directors in navigating the bank in challenging times attributed the turnaround & stellar growth in the top and bottom line of the bank to the unflinching trust of the promoters and customers of the Bank especially from the J&K state. He commended the management team, business heads & operative staff for robust credit growth, management of NPAs, NPA recovery, improvement in Compliance culture etc. despite a challenging environment.
“Our numbers are unfolding in line with our strategic business plan to direct the focus of our credit expansion in J&K state especially in retail & SME segments. We are continuously gaining market share in J&K besides improving the penetration of credit to hitherto credit starved geographies/segments especially in consumer and housing sectors. If you see our segmental numbers in retail, housing has grown by 79% from 3117 Cr to 5384 Cr, Consumer finance has grown exponentially from 195 Cr to 1978 Cr, Car loans have grown by 37 % from 2000 Cr to 2741 Cr resulting in aggregate retail credit growth of 33%. The Corporate to retail mix of our overall advances is now 43 Corporate to 57% retail as compared 53 Corporate to 47 Retail a couple of years ago.” announced the Chairman.