ING Vysya net slips 13% on low fee income, pension provisions

The merger-bound ING Vysya Bank Wednesday reported a 13 percent decline in net profit at Rs 145.7 crore for the October-December quarter due to sluggish non-interest income, and a spike in provisions.

Mumbai: The merger-bound ING Vysya Bank Wednesday reported a 13 percent decline in net profit at Rs 145.7 crore for the October-December quarter due to sluggish non-interest income, and a spike in provisions.

The Bangalore-based bank, which is in the process of being merged with larger rival Kotak Mahindra Bank in a Rs 15,000-crore all stock deal, had reported a post tax net of Rs 167.34 crore in the year-ago period.

Its chief financial officer Jayant Mehrotra said its fees is generally based on deals or transactions, and a lull on that front was the primary reason behind a 4.2 percent decrease in other income at Rs 205.6 crore.

There was also an Rs 18-crore hit taken on account of rise in provisions due to an increase in retirement benefits for the unionised staff, due to a correction in the benchmark yields, he said.

On an annual basis, the outgo will work out to around Rs 25 crore, he added.

The bank was also not able to capitalise on the lowering in yields for treasury profits as its peers have reported in the quarter, as it does not have a big investment book.

Meanwhile, on the merger process, deputy chief executive Uday Sareen said the bank is in the process of getting regulatory approvals and expressed confidence on meeting the April 1 target announced at the time of the merger.

Mehrotra said the core net interest income has grown as per the balance sheet expansion at 18 percent to Rs 491.6 crore, while it was able to maintain its net interest margin at 3.37 percent.

The asset quality of the lender witnessed a slip as gross non-performing assets grew to 1.86 percent from 1.68 percent in the year ago period.

Gross slippage stood at Rs 275 crore, of which Rs 85 crore came from assets restructured earlier, Mehrotra said, adding there will be a jump in restructured assets in the fourth quarter as the recast window closes on March 31.

He said restructured assets and net NPAs, which collectively stand at 2.06 percent at present, will increase to 2.60 percent by the end of the fiscal.

The capital adequacy ratio stood at 14.02 percent during the end of the reporting quarter.

The bank added 10 branches and 15 automated teller machines during the quarter, Sareen said.

Shares of the bank closed marginally up at Rs 978.20 on the BSE.

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