United Arab Bank reports AED105 million nine-month net profit

SHARJAH, The United Arab Bank P.J.S.C reported net profit for the nine months ending 30th September 2018 of AED105m, representing an uplift of 111 percent compared to the same period last year, primarily driven by growth in ‘Core’ Income and reduction in provision charges following a transition to a lower risk business model.

Total Income for the nine months recorded AED501m, with income generated from core businesses showing an uplift of 2 percent over Q3 2017.

Operating Expenses for the nine months were AED246m, representing 4 percent reduction against Q3 2017 as the Bank continues to capture the benefits of the comprehensive review and subsequent overhaul of its cost base.

Provision for Credit Losses for the nine months were AED150m, 29 percent lower than the same period in 2017 as high yield ‘Non-core’ portfolio continued on its downward trajectory and now represent 1.3% of the total loan base.

Sheikh Faisal Bin Sultan Bin Salem Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, “The Board is pleased to see the improved operating performance continue into the third quarter, demonstrating the strength of our ‘core’ business. Our low risk and efficient UAE focused business model, positions us well to continue doing the right thing for our customers and deliver sustainable returns for our shareholders.”

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al Nuaimi, Acting Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We have seen another period of good financial and operating performance in Q3 2018 with the Bank reporting Net Profit of AED105m, supported by robust capital, funding and liquidity profile. Our focus remains on growing the core business and reduce operating expenses whilst maintaining the cost of risk at acceptable levels.”

Source: Emirates News Agency