JERUSALEM, May 15 (Reuters) -
* Mizrahi-Tefahot, Israel's third-largest bank,
reported on Monday an 11.5 percent rise in first-quarter net
profit, boosted by higher financing income.
* It also raised its dividend payout to 30 percent of net
profit from 15 percent starting in 2017. For the first quarter,
the bank -- Israel's largest mortgage lender -- will distribute
a dividend of 96.3 million shekels.
* Its net profit in the quarter was 321 million shekels ($89
million) compared with 288 million a year earlier. Analysts on
average forecast the bank would earn 324 million shekels,
according to a Reuters poll.
* Financing income in the quarter rose 24 percent to 1.03
billion shekels. Its credit loss provision jumped to 49 million
shekels from 3 million.
* The bank's Tier I capital ratio, a key measure of its
financial strength, rose to 10.1 percent at the end of March
from 9.65 percent a year earlier.($1 = 3.6007 shekels)
(Reporting by Steven Scheer)