Reuters: State Bank of India (SBI), the nation’s biggest lender by assets, on Friday (August 11) reported first-quarter profit that missed analysts’ estimates, following a decline in net interest income and rise in bad loans.
The results are the first since SBI merged with five of its subsidiary banks and also took over a niche lender for women from April 1.
For the merged entity, net profit was 20.06 billion rupees ($312.84 million) in the three months through June, from 3.74 billion rupees a year earlier. Pre-merger, the bank‘s year-earlier profit was 25.21 billion rupees.
The result compared with the 30.29 billion rupee average analyst estimate, Thomson Reuters data showed.
Net interest income fell 3.5% to 176.06 billion rupees.
SBI, which accounts for about a fifth of India‘s banking sector assets, said for the merged entity, gross bad loans as a percentage of total loans was 9.97% at the end of June from 9.11% three months earlier and 7.40% at the end of June last year.
Indian banks have been hit by higher provisions and regulatory scrutiny as bad loans reached a record $150 billion in December. Earlier this year, the government gave the central bank greater power to push defaulting borrowers into bankruptcy proceedings.
SBI shares were down 4.8% at 0815 GMT in a Mumbai market that was down 1%.