Arab Bank Group reported net profit after tax and provisions for the nine months period ending 30 September 2014 of USD 614.2 million, up by 10% from USD 559.1 million in the same period last year.
Commenting on the results, Mr. Sabih Masri, Arab Bank’s Chairman said that these results reflect the Bank’s solid business strategy and commitment to grow its business prudently. He also stated that the capital base continues to strengthen with total shareholders’ equity reaching USD 8 billion as of 30 September 2014.
The Bank registered an increase in loans and advances vs. September 2013 of 2.2% to reach USD 23.7 billion and customer deposits grew by USD 1.1 billion to reach USD 34.1 billion, an increase of 3.5%.
Mr. Nemeh Sabbagh, Arab Bank’s CEO added that Arab Bank succeeded in delivering continued growth benefiting from its diversified business model, an increase in market share in key markets, and prudent risk strategy.
The Bank’s liquidity continues to be strong as the loan-to-deposit ratio stood at 63.1%.
As for the lawsuit filed against the Bank in New York, the Bank is confident of the soundness and strength of its legal position in the appeal stage. It has started the preliminary actions for the submission of the appeal which is expected to take over a year. In this regard, the Bank has taken the appropriate measures to deal with the situation.
Mr. Masri expressed his full confidence in the Bank’s ability to maintain sustainable growth in profits and a strong level of capital adequacy. Arab Bank was named Best Bank in the Middle East by “Global Finance Magazine”.