* AgBank Q3 profit 59.23bln yuan vs 55.82bln yuan a year earlier
* NPL ratio 1.42% at Sept 30 vs 1.43% at the end of June (Adds detail)
BEIJING, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Agricultural Bank of China (AgBank) , the country’s third-biggest lender by assets, on Friday reported a 6.1% rise in third-quarter net profit, beating analyst estimates.
July-September profit was 59.23 billion yuan ($8.38 billion), up from 55.82 billion yuan a year earlier.
The result topped the 4.77% growth expected on average by three analysts polled by Reuters.
AgBank also said its non-performing loan ratio was 1.42% at Sept. 30, compared with 1.43% at the end of June.
The lender did not publish its net interest margin.
Other major Chinese banks, including Bank of China and China Construction Bank Corp , report results next week. ($1 = 7.0706 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Cheng Leng in Beijing and Engen Tham in Shanghai Editing by David Goodman)