Axis Bank on Tuesday reported an 86 per cent year-on-year (YoY) rise in net profit at Rs 3,133 crore for the September quarter compared with Rs 1,683 crore in the same quarter last year. This was the highest ever quarterly profit for the bank, the lender said in a BSE filing.
Net interest income (NII) for the bank rose 8 per cent YoY to Rs 7,900 crore compared with Rs 7,326 crore in the year-ago quarter. Net interest margin (NIM) for the recently concluded quarter came in at 3.39 per cent.
Specific loan loss provisions for the September quarter stood at Rs 927 crore compared with Rs 2,865 crore in the June quarter and Rs 724 crore in the year-ago quarter. Total Provisions & contingencies for the quarter fell to Rs 1,735 crore from Rs 3,302 crore in the preceding quarter and Rs 4,343 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal.
Gross NPA ratio fell to the lowest level in 20 quarters to 3.53 per cent for the July-September period. The figure stood at 3.85 per cent in the June quarter and 4.28 per cent in the year-ago quarter.
Gross slippages for the said quarter came in at Rs 5,464 crore, lower than Rs 6,518 crore in the June 2021 quarter but higher than Rs 1,751 crore (as per IRAC norms) in the same quarter last year.
“Slippages in Q2FY21 moderated due to regulatory forbearances that do not exist in the current quarter. Recoveries and upgrades from NPAs during the quarter were Rs 4,757 crore while write-offs were Rs 2,508 crore. Consequently, there were net slippages in NPAs (before write-offs) for the quarter of Rs 707 crore compared to Rs 3,976 crore in Q1FY22. Net slippages in NPAs (before write-offs) for retail loans stood at Rs 697 crore, and for SME there was a Rs 16 crore decrease in NPAs (before write-offs),” the bank said.
Fee income for the quarter rose 17 per cent YoY to Rs 3,231 crore. Retail fees jumped 19 per cent YoY and
constituted 63 per cent of the bank’s total fee income. The corporate & commercial banking fee grew 15 per cent, the bank said.
“The trading profits and miscellaneous income for the quarter stood at Rs 473 crore and Rs 95 crore, respectively. Overall, the non-interest income (comprising of fee, trading profit and miscellaneous income) for Q2FY22 stood at Rs 3,798 crore, up 6 per cent YoY,” the bank said.
The bank’s provision coverage, as a proportion of Gross NPAs, stood at 70 per cent against 77 per cent as of September 2020 and 70 per cent as of June 30. Provisions prior to technical write-offs remained stable at 88 per cent.