Dubai's largest bank made a net profit of $579.9 million in the three months to Dec 31
Emirates NBD (ENBD), Dubai's largest bank, posted a 74 percent rise in fourth-quarter net profit on Monday.
The first lender in the United Arab Emirates to announce its earnings made a net profit of 2.13 billion dirhams ($579.9 million) in the three months to Dec. 31, compared with 1.23 billion dirhams in the same period of 2014, Emirates NBD said in a bourse statement.
Analysts at Beltone Financial and HSBC forecast the bank would make a fourth-quarter net profit of 1.31 billion dirhams and 1.71 billion dirhams respectively.
The bank, 55.6-percent owned by state fund Investment Corp of Dubai, said its annual net profit for 2015 was 7.12 billion dirhams, up 39 percent year-on-year.
ENBD's board of directors has recommended an annual dividend of 0.40 dirham per share for 2015, up from 0.35 dirhams proposed for 2014.