August 10, 2017 / 1:44 PM / 7 days ago

Union Bank of India first-quarter profit dives, bad loans rise

The logo of Union Bank of India is pictured on the wall of its branch in Kolkata, April 11, 2017.Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

(Reuters) - State-run Union Bank of India reported nearly 30 percent fall in first-quarter net profit as provisions for bad loans remained high.

Net profit fell to 1.17 billion rupees ($18.27 million), for the three months ended June 30, from 1.66 billion rupees a year ago, the Mumbai-based bank said on Thursday. bit.ly/2urC6Wr

Analysts on an average had expected the bank to report a net profit of 1.95 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters data.

As of end-June, gross bad loans as a percentage of total loans rose to 12.63 percent from 11.17 percent at the end of March, and 10.16 percent at end-June 2016.

($1 = 64.0400 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Tanvi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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