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Bank of India posts Rs 252 cr net profit in March quarter as bad loans decline

New Delhi: State-run Bank of India on Thursday reported a profit of Rs 251.79 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 2019 owing to the reduction of bad loans.

The bank had reported a net loss of Rs 3,969 crore in the same quarter of the previous year, Bank of India said in a regulatory filing.

Total income in three months to March grew to Rs 12,417.08 crore, as against Rs 9,596.86 crore in the same period of 2017-18.

 Bank of India posts Rs 252 cr net profit in March quarter as bad loans decline

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This is the first quarterly earnings announcement by the bank after it came out of the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework in January this year.

The asset quality of the bank improved slightly with the gross non-performing assets (NPAs) coming down to 15.84 percent of gross advances at March-end 2019 against 16.58 percent as of 31 March, 2018. At the same time, net NPAs came down to 5.61 percent from 8.26 percent.

The reduction in bad asset ratio brought down provisioning against them to Rs 1,502.90 crore for March quarter, compared to Rs 6,699.23 crore in the year-ago period.

For entire 2018-19, the bank reported a net loss of Rs 5,546.90 crore as against Rs 6,043.71 crore loss in 2017-18.

Income during the year stood at Rs 45,899.82 crore, up from Rs 43,805.17 crore a year earlier.

During the year, the government infused Rs 14,724 crore capital in two tranches. The first infusion of Rs 10,086 crore was done in December 2018 followed by Rs 4,638 crore in February this year.

Further, the bank under the Bank of India-Employee Stock Purchase Scheme (ESPS) has raised an amount of Rs 660.80 crore.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 16:00:20 IST