Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), the Gulf state's fourth-largest lender by market value, reported a 12.4 percent drop in third-quarter net profit on Sunday, missing analysts' average forecast.
The bank made a net profit of QR345.1m ($94.8 million) in the three months to Sept. 30, compared with QR393.9m in the same period a year ago, it said in a bourse statement.
QIB posted a nine-month net profit of QR975.1m, compared with QR1.1bn for the same period last year.
The third-quarter results missed the average forecast of eight analysts in a Reuters poll who had expected the bank to post a quarterly net profit of QR360m.
Lending growth in Qatar has been a key driver of bank profits in recent quarters as the country pours billions of dollars into infrastructure projects, such as electricity, water generation and transportation, partly to prepare to host the 2022 soccer World Cup.
While growth in Qatar's total bank credit dipped to a 27-month low in August, credit still increased by 13.6 percent year-on-year, according to central bank data.
QIB's total third-quarter income from financing and investing activity dropped to QR738.4m from QR773.8m a year earlier. Fee and commission income fell to QR91.4m from QR119.7m.
QIB and Commercial Bank of Qatar have asked Qatar Exchange to increase the number of their shares available to foreign investors to 25 percent of their market capitalisation, Qatar's stock exchange said in June, with the changes due to be implemented in six to nine months.
QIB shares closed 0.3 percent lower on Sunday. They have fallen 9.7 percent year-to-date.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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