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10 February 2018, 01:50 | Austin Hogan
The State Bank of India branch in Korattur Chennai
Provisions other than tax and contingencies during the quarter was Rs 1,385.38 crore, compared with Rs 1,326.05 crore in the comparative quarter previous year.
SBI's net interest income - the difference between interest earned and interest expended - grew by 5.17% to Rs 18,687.52 crore during the October-December 2017 quarter.
Thus, the bad loan provisions for the quarter rose 92.61 per cent to Rs 3,155 crore as against Rs 1,638 crore in the year-ago period.
Return on assets, which was already in the negative, further deteriorated to 1.75 per from 0.77 per cent a year ago. Higher provisions for stressed assets ate into the bank's bottomline even as interest income of the bank remained low. Analysts on average had expected a profit of Rs 2,067 crore, Thomson Reuters Eikon data showed. Over Rs 6,000 crore in provisions was due to the divergences.
The third-biggest state-run lender Bank of Baroda said net profit more than halved on higher provisions, while three smaller state-run banks - Central Bank of India, UCO Bank and Syndicate Bank - posted losses.
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