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HDFC Bank Q2 net profit up 27%

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 15, 2013
First Published: 16:19 IST(15/10/2013) | Last Updated: 01:25 IST(16/10/2013)

India’s second-largest private lender, HDFC Bank, on Tuesday announced a 27% year-on-year rise in net profit to `1,982 crore in July-Septenber, its slowest growth in quarterly profit in a decade, mainly due to a drop in net interest margins, losses in investment portfolio and muted growth in loans.

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The muted profit growth sent the company’s shares down 2% to `651 on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

The bank had reported a profit of  `1,559.9 crore a year ago.

Until the quarter ended September, HDFC Bank had reported quarterly profit growth exceeding 30% for the last decade.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/10/16_10_13-metro15c.jpg

“I expect corporate loan demand to pick up in the next two quarters mainly because there has been a slump in demand so far,” said Paresh Sukthankar, executive director, HDFC Bank.

Net interest income (the difference between interest earned and interest paid) grew 15% to `4,476.5 crore during the quarter compared with `3,882 crore in the year-ago period. Other income increased 25% to `1,844 crore from `1,472 crore in same quarter of the previous year.

Net interest margin declined to 4.3% against 4.4% a y.ear ago

“In light of current macro environment, the current earnings trajectory of 27% is impressive and much better than other large private peers,” said Vaibhav Agrawal, analyst, Angel Broking.

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