National Bank of Oman (NBO), the sultanate's second-largest lender by assets, reported a 29-percent rise in fourth-quarter net profit on Wednesday, beating analyst forecasts.
The lender made a net profit of 13.2 million rials ($34.3 million) in the three months to Dec. 31, according to Reuters calculations based on financial statements, up from 10.2 million rials in the same period last year.
Two analysts polled by Reuters forecast NBO would make fourth-quarter profit of 10.8 million rials and 12.7 million rials respectively.
The bank, which appointed Ahmed al-Musalmi as chief executive in May, reported an annual net profit for 2014 of 50.3 million rials, up from 41.4 million rials in 2013, a bourse filing on Wednesday showed.
Loans and advances stood at 2.32 billion rials as of Dec. 31, 12 percent higher year-on-year, with customer deposits flat over the same period at 2.18 billion rials.For all the latest banking and finance news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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