The country’s largest public lender, the State Bank of India (SBI), today reported a 71 per cent jump in net profit in the third quarter of the fiscal (October to December), making it the first rise in five quarters. The bank registered a net profit of Rs 2,152 crore against Rs 1,259.4 crore during the corresponding three-month period a year ago.
Total income on consolidated basis increased to Rs 75,537.2 crore for the quarter under review, from Rs 67,511.45 crore in the same period of FY2015-16.
Its total provisioning for non-performing assets rose to Rs 8,942.83 crore during the December quarter, up from Rs 7,949.38 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal.
Gross Non-performing Assets (NPAs), which represent portion of bad loans, stood at Rs 1.08 lakh crore at the end of December, up from Rs 72,791.73 crore a year ago.
As on December 31, the bank's portfolio quality declined, with gross NPAs at 7.23 per cent of gross advances, as against 5.10 per cent a year ago.
Its net NPAs during the third quarter rose to 4.24 per cent, from 2.89 per cent in the period a year earlier.
On standalone basis, SBI's net profit grew over two-fold to Rs 2,610 crore for the third quarter from Rs 1,115.3 crore in the October-December period a year ago.
Total income on standalone basis rose to Rs 53,587.5 crore during the quarter as compared with Rs 46,731 crore in the same period last fiscal.
SBI stock was trading at Rs 278.90, down nearly 1.11 per cent in the afternoon trade on the BSE.
With PTI Inputs