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SBI Q4 net profit up 23%, bad loan ratio down

SBI reported a better-than-expected 23 percent increase in quarterly profit and a lower bad loan ratio, sending its shares more than 5 percent higher.

Mumbai: State Bank of India, the nation`s top lender by assets, reported a better-than-expected 23 percent increase in quarterly profit and a lower bad loan ratio, sending its shares more than 5 percent higher.

SBI, which accounts for about a quarter of Indian loans and deposits, said net profit rose to 37.42 billion rupees ($589.11 million) for its fiscal fourth quarter to March 31 from 30.41 billion rupees a year earlier.

Analysts on average had expected a net profit of 37.23 billion rupees, according Thomson Reuters data.

Gross bad loans ratio stood at 4.25 percent in the March quarter, compared with 4.9 percent in the December quarter.