HDFC Bank, India's No.3 lender, met forecasts with a 30 percent rise in quarterly profit, led by stronger loan growth, better fee income and stable net interest margins.
Mumbai-based HDFC Bank, among the first lenders to report September quarter results, said on Friday its net profit rose to 15.6 billion rupees ($296.18 million) in the fiscal second quarter-ended September from about 12 billion rupees a year earlier.
Net interest income grew 26.7 percent to 37.3 billion rupees.
Analysts had expected a net profit of 15.58 billion rupees for the bank, which is also listed in New York and competes with bigger local rivals State Bank of India and ICICI Bank.
Asset quality at the bank remained stable with net non performing loans as a percentage of total assets at 0.2 percent, unchanged from a year ago.
Net interest margin, a key gauge of profitability for banks, stood at 4.2 percent in July-September, compared with 4.3 percent in the June quarter. The bank aims to keep this figure in a range of 3.9-4.2 percent in the near-term. ($1 = 52.6700 Indian rupees)
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(PTI) Private sector lender HDFC Bank today posted 30.06 per cent jump in net profit at Rs 1,559.98 crore in the July-September quarter.
It had posted post tax profit of Rs 1,199.35 crore in the corresponding period last year.
The bank's net interest income was up 26.7 per cent at Rs 3,731.7 crore. The non-interest income increased marginally to Rs 1,345.1 crore from Rs 1,211.7 crore during the second quarter this fiscal, it said in a filing to the BSE.
Its core net interest margin stood at 4.2 per cent.
The bank's Q2 income moved up to Rs 9,869.8 crore, from Rs 7,929.4 crore, it said.
The second largest private sector lender saw its balance sheet size increase 19.5 per cent to Rs 3,77,375 crore at the end of the reporting quarter.
Its net advances were up 22.9 per cent at Rs 2,31,649 crore, compared to the September 2011 figure while