HDFC Bank beat analysts estimates with a fourth quarter (January-March) net profit of Rs 1,114.7 crore, up 33.2% year-on-year, aided by a strong loan-book growth and higher fee-based income.
The private sector lender’s quarterly net interest income was up 20.8% from a year ago to Rs 2,839.5 crore.
Analysts had expected HDFC Bank’s net profit at Rs 1,099 crore and net interest income of Rs 2,824 crore for the fourth quarter, according to a CNBC-TV18 poll.
HDFC Bank’s other income during the three-month period rose 32.1% year-on-year to Rs 1,255.8 crore, as fees and commissions rose 23.2% to Rs 1,000.6 crore.
The bank’s net interest margin or NIM for the fourth quarter was 4.2%, stable on a sequential basis.
HDFC Bank’s quarterly earnings were also boosted by profit of Rs 8.6 crore on revaluation/sale of investments, compared with a loss of Rs 47.3 crore in the year ago quarter.
As of March 31, the bank’s net advances were up 27.1% to Rs 1,59,983 crore, while total deposits were up 24.6% to Rs 2,08,586 crore. The CASA ratio was at 51% as of March 31.
HDFC Bank’s total capital adequacy ratio according to Basel II norms was 16.2% as of March 31, compared with 17.4% a year ago.
Net non-performing assets or NPAs declined to 0.2%, compared with 0.3% a year ago.
As of March 31, HDFC Bank had 1,986 branches and 5,471 ATMs.
Separately, HDFC Bank said its board approved subdivision of one equity share from face value of Rs 10 to five shares of Rs 2.
HDFC Bank shares Monday closed at Rs 2,311.80, down 2.2% on National Stock Exchange.