State Bank of India’s third-quarter profit fell on higher provisions. Yet, the earnings beat estimates.
Net profit of India’s largest lender declined 7% year-on-year to Rs 5,196 crore in the quarter ended December, according to an exchange filing. That compares with the Rs 4,479-crore consensus estimate of analysts tracked by Bloomberg.
The bank in the quarter ended December 2019 had reported its highest-ever quarterly profit, aided by Rs 11,000-crore worth recoveries from Essar Steel Ltd.’s resolution under the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code.
Net interest income rose 4% over the year-earlier to Rs 28,820 crore. Analysts pegged the bank’s core income at Rs 28,400 crore.
Other income stood at Rs 9,246 crore in the third quarter compared with Rs 9,016 crore a year ago.
Asset Quality & Provisions
SBI’s gross non-performing asset ratio stood at 4.77% compared with 5.28% in the preceding three months. Its net NPA ratio was at 1.23%, down 36 basis points sequentially.
The bank followed the Supreme Court’s interim order in the interest-on-interest case for the second straight quarter. If the interim order wasn’t in place, the bank’s gross NPA ratio would have been at 5.44% in the third quarter compared with 5.88% in the July-September period.
SBI, during the October-December quarter, reported slippages worth Rs 2,073 crore, which were not classified as NPA owing to the Supreme Court’s order. As on Dec. 31, loans worth Rs 16,461 crore carried the asset classification dispensation given by the apex court. SBI said it holds Rs 5,265 crore worth provisions against these accounts.
As on Dec. 31, the state-owned lender received restructuring requests worth Rs 18,125 crore, it said. This includes loans worth Rs 3,865 crore from retail customers, Rs 2,553 crore from small and medium enterprises and Rs 11,707 crore from corporate customers.
Total provisions for the lender stood at Rs 10,324 crore, up 43% year-on-year. Of this, provisions against bad loans stood at Rs 2,290 crore compared with Rs 8,193 crore a year ago. During the reported quarter, the bank has accounted for Rs 2,682-crore charge emerging from the 11th bipartite wage settlement, it said.
Deposits & Advances
SBI’s total deposits rose 13.64% year-on-year to Rs 35.35 lakh crore, while total advances rose 6.73% to Rs 24.56 lakh crore.
Low cost current account savings account deposits rose 15.33% year-on-year.
Retail advances rose 15.47% from a year ago to Rs 8.31 lakh crore, while corporate advances showed a 2.23% growth.
Home loans rose 10% year-on-year, while auto loans increased 3.37%.
Outstanding loans in the bank’s quick personal loan product XPress Credit rose 36% year-on-year to Rs 1.77 lakh crore.
Shares of SBI were trading 0.86% higher as of 2: 05 p.m. after the results were announced compared with a 0.47% gain in the Nifty 50.