HDFC Bank posts record profit of Rs 4151 crore in Q2, bad loans largely stable
HDFC Bank has the lowest bad-loan ratio among top Indian lenders.business Updated: Oct 24, 2017 14:40 IST
HDFC Bank Ltd, India’s second-biggest lender by assets, on Tuesday reported a record quarterly profit, buoyed by an increase in interest and fee incomes.
The Mumbai-based bank, which was recently added to the central bank’s list of lenders it considers “too big to fail”, raked in a net profit of Rs 4,151 crore ($634 million) in the three months to Sept. 30, up 20% from a year ago.
That was mostly in line with an average estimate of Rs 4161 crore from 24 analysts, Thomson Reuters data shows.
Gross bad loans as a percentage of total loans stood at 1.26% at end-September, versus 1.24% in the previous quarter and 1.02% a year ago.
With its focus on retail clients and relatively smaller exposure to segments such as infrastructure financing, HDFC Bank has the lowest bad-loan ratio among top Indian lenders. That has made it an investor favourite in a sector that has been marred by a record $146 billion of soured loans.
HDFC Bank’s net interest income rose 22% in the quarter on a 22.3% rise in loans.
Non-interest revenue rose 24.3%, while core net interest margin steadied at 4.3%.
The bank has a market capitalisation of more than $87 billion, making it the most valuable in the sector and second among all Indian companies.
Shares of the bank were little changed after the results in a Mumbai market that was up 0.3%.
It has rallied about 55% this year, outperforming the sector index that has risen 33% and the main market index that has added 24%.