Private sector lender ICICI Bank on Saturday reported a 30 per cent year-on-year jump in net profit in the July-September quarter (Q2FY22), aided by robust net interest income (NII) and other income as well as lower provisions.
The bank posted its highest ever quarterly net profit of Rs 5,511 crore in the reporting period, beating street estimates, as against Rs 4,251 crore in the same period last financial year. Bloomberg had estimated a net profit of Rs 5,441 crore for the quarter.
NII of the lender rose 25 per cent to Rs 11,690 crore in the same period and non-interest income was up 26 per cent to Rs 4,400. Net interest margin (NIM), a measure of profitability, stood at 4 per cent as against 3.89 per cent in Q2FY21 and 3.57 per cent in Q1FY22.
The bank made net Covid-related provision of Rs 4,750 crore in FY21 and held an aggregate Covid-related provision of Rs 7,475 crore at March 31, 2021. During H1FY22, the bank wrote-back Covid-related provision of Rs 1,050 and accordingly held Covid-related provision of Rs 6,425 crore at September 30, 2021.
Asset quality also improved during the quarter what with gross NPA additions declining to Rs 5,578 crore in Q2FY22 from Rs 7,231 crore in Q1FY22. The gross NPA ratio of the bank stood at 4.82 per cent in the reporting as against 5.15 per cent in the preceding quarter. Net NPAs declined to below 1 per cent (0.99 per cent) in the September quarter from 1.16 per cent in the June quarter. As of September quarter, the total assets under various resolution schemes is Rs 9,684 crore or 1.3 per cent of total advances as against Rs 4,864 crore at the end of June quarter.
The bank has restructured loans worth Rs 4,158 crore under the second Covid restructuring programme and it had restructured Rs 3,737 crore in the first round of Covid restructuring, of which Rs 61 crore has slipped into the NPA category.
Total advances of the lender increased 17 per cent YoY, a 23-quarter high, and 4 per cent sequentially to Rs 7.64 trillion at the end of the September quarter and the domestic advances grew by 19 per cent YoY. While the retail loan portfolio grew 20 per cent YoY and 5 per cent sequentially.
The rural portfolio and personal loans segment saw a growth in the range of 16-18 per cent. The corporate book of the bank grew by 14 per cent YoY and the business banking portfolio recorded a 43 per cent YoY growth.
“We have got a very diversified book and we will grow in risk calibrated fashion”, said Batra.
“At this point in time, we are very comfortable with the quality of book we have. More than 70 per cent of our book is in A- and above category. The BB and below book is about 2 per cent,” Batra added.
The deposit portfolio grew 17 per cent YoY and 6 per cent sequentially to Rs 9.77 trillion. Current account and savings account deposits grew 28 per cent YoY and the average CASA ratio was at 44 per cent.