January 10, 2019 / 8:29 AM / 14 days ago

Bandhan Bank third-quarter profit rises 10 percent, but asset quality worsens

FILE PHOTO - An employee of Bandhan Bank is seen behind a glass bearing the bank's logo inside a branch office in Kolkata, India, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File Photo

(Reuters) - India’s Bandhan Bank Ltd, which is set to buy mortgage provider Gruh Finance Ltd, posted a 10.4 percent rise in third-quarter profit on Thursday, boosted by a surge in interest income.

Net profit was 3.31 billion rupees ($46.89 million) for the three months ended Dec. 31, compared to 3 billion rupees a year earlier, said the Kolkata-based bank which listed last year.

But its asset quality worsened, with gross bad loans as a percentage of total loans standing at 2.41 percent at the end of December, compared with 1.29 percent in the previous quarter and 1.67 percent a year earlier.

The lender made a provision of 3.85 billion rupees for its exposure to a borrower from the infrastructure development & finance sector, it said. Total provisions, after accounting for a writeback for treasury investments, more than tripled to 3.78 billion rupees.

($1 = 70.5910 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu

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