Banking Sector

Corporation Bank Q4 net profit jumps 26%; declares dividend of Rs 8 each share

Corporation BankPublic sector lender Corporation Bank on Friday reported a 26.18% surge in its net profit at Rs 260.49 crore for the fourth quarter ender March 31.

The lender had a net profit of Rs 206.43 crore in the March quarter last financial year.

During the fourth quarter of FY’09, the total income of the bank grew to Rs 2,199.64 crore from Rs 1,464.74 crore in the same quarter previous year.

For the financial year ended March 31, Corporation Bank reported a net profit of Rs 892.76 crore, down 21.46 per cent over the year-ago period. The bank had a net profit of Rs 734.98 crore in FY'08.

IDBI Bank Q4 net profit surges 28%

IDBI BankState-run IDBI Bank on Friday has reported a 28.02 per cent growth in its net profit for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2009. The lender’s net profit rose to Rs 3.13 crore, against Rs 2.45 crore in the March quarter of FY'08.

While, lender’s total income surged 41% to Rs 37.34 crore for January-March 2008 from Rs 26.47 crore in the corresponding period a year ago.

During the quarter, IDBI's interest income jumped 45 per cent to Rs 32.62 crore, while interest expenditure stood at Rs 27.80 crore, up 38 per cent over the same period last fiscal.

Standard Chartered Bank to raise $1 billion through IDR

Standard Chartered BankStandard Chartered Bank plans to raise at least $1 billion through an Indian Depository Receipts (IDR) issue in the local markets.

According to latest reports, the lender has already appointed JM Financial and UBS AG as lead managers for what could be the first IDR issue by a global player.

Apart from this, the bank has also appointed Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Kotak Mahindra to manage the issue.

Crisil projects nearly three-fold increase in gross NPAs of banks by 2011

CrisilAccording to a report released by rating agency Crisil, a nearly three-fold increase in gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of the banks is projected by the year 2011 - the figures are likely to go up from the last year's 2.3 percent of advances to 5 per cent of advances by 2011.

Speaking in absolute terms, the gross NPAs would from last year level of Rs 55,000 crore to Rs 1.9 lakh crore.

The report says increased gross NPAs would result from increasing defaults in payments by companies and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), because of their puny risk profile and severe strain on operating margins.

HDFC Bank Results Analysis: Nirmal Bang

HDFCNII for the quarter March 09 increased by 12.8% YOY and declined by 6.4% QOQ. NII for QOQ decreased on account of reduction in interest earned.

NII for year FY09 increased by 42.0%

Profit before provisioning increased by 44.3% YOY and 7.7% QOQ. Increase in profit was on account of increase in other income.

HDFC Bank reported PAT of 630.9 crores resulting in increase of 1.5% QOQ and 33.9% YOY.

PAT for the year. FY09 increased by 41.2%. EPS for Q409 stood at 14.8 resulting in an increase of 11.6% QOQ and 41.2% YOY

Obama meets credit card execs as lawmakers consider crackdown

Obama meets credit card execs as lawmakers consider crackdown Washington - US President Barack Obama met Thursday with leaders of the credit-card industry, urging them to end unfair practices that are raising costs on indebted consumers, while US lawmakers are considering a wider crackdown on the sector.

Obama said he hoped to create a new system that "eliminates some of the abuses" including sudden interest-rate hikes and late-payment fees, which have added to unmanageable debts for some US consumers.