India’s largest lender saw its second-quarter net profit rise on higher core income and lower provisions.
Net profit of State Bank of India jumped 67% year-on-year to Rs 7,626.5 crore in the quarter ended September, according to its exchange filing. That compares with the Rs 7,546-crore consensus estimate of analysts tracked by Bloomberg.
Net interest income, or core income, rose 11% over a year ago to Rs 31,184 crore.
Asset Quality Improves
The bank’s gross non-performing asset ratio stood at 4.9% as on Sept. 30 compared with 5.32% as of June. Net NPA ratio fell 25 basis points sequentially to 1.52%.
In the second quarter, the bank reported:
Gross slippages worth Rs 4,292 crore compared with Rs 3,085 crore a year ago and Rs 16,298 crore in the April-June period.
Recoveries and upgrades worth Rs 7,407 crore compared with Rs 4,038 crore a year ago and Rs 4,969 crore in the preceding three months.
Agricultural segment had an NPA ratio of 14.8%, SME was at 8.1%, corporate at 7.62% and retail at 4.51%.
Under the Reserve Bank of India’s second Covid-19 restructuring window, the bank had restructured loans worth Rs 17,317 crore compared with Rs 12,931 crore restructured under the first window.
Provisions against bad loans for the quarter stood at Rs 2,699 crore, down 52% over a year ago.
Advances & Deposits
Total advances for SBI rose 6.7% year-on-year to Rs 25.3 lakh crore. Total deposits were up 9.77% at Rs 38 lakh crore.
Retail loans drove most of the credit growth, rising 15.17% from the year earlier to Rs 9.04 lakh crore.
Corporate advances were down 4% year-on-year at Rs 7.56 lakh crore.
Current account-savings account deposits rose 11.75% year-on-year to Rs 17.06 lakh crore.
Term deposits were up 8% at Rs 19.38 lakh crore.
Shares of SBI were trading up 2.52% as of 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday after the results were announced. That compares with a 0.35% decline in the benchmark Nifty 50.