Gulf International Bank (GIB) has reported consolidated net income after tax of $97.0 million for the nine months ended Sept.30, 2012, being $12.4 million or 15 per cent up on the comparable prior year period. Net income after tax in the third quarter was $39.0 million compared to $22.2 million in the third quarter of 2011.
Year-on-year increases were recorded in all income categories with the exception of a small decrease in other income. Net interest income at $108.8 million for the nine months was 3 per cent up on the prior year period.
During the third quarter, loans and advances, the principal source of the Bank’s net interest earnings, increased by $411 million or 6 per cent. The growth in the loan portfolio reflected the leveraging of GIB’s expertise to serve the bank’s large and mid-cap customers.
Fee and commission income at $40.7 million was $3.7 million or 10 per cent higher than in the prior year period. As a result, fee-based income comprised more than one fifth of total income, reflecting the successful implementation of GIB’s new strategic focus on non-asset based, relationship-orientated services and on supporting customers’ commercial and trade finance requirements.
In particular, a 27 per cent year-on-year increase was recorded in commissions on letters of credit and guarantee. Foreign exchange income at $20.0 million was $11.6 million up on, or almost two and a half times, the prior year level. Foreign exchange income principally comprised profits generated on customer-initiated foreign exchange contracts.
The substantial year-on-year increase reflected a focus on the cross selling of treasury products to clients and the introduction of new products and services to meet client needs. Trading income at $11.4 million for the nine months was $5.2 million or 84 per cent up on the prior year period. This was attributable to profits on investments in emerging market debt. Other income of $12.5 million was marginally below the prior year.
Other income principally comprised dividends on equity investments, profits realised on the sale of investment securities, and recoveries of impaired loans.
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