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Dubai Islamic Bank Q2 net up 10 pct, tops forecasts

Q2 earnings climb 10 pct, analysts expected 31-36 pct fall; Total Q2 revenue up 13 pct; provisions jump nearly 44 pct


July 31, 2011 4:03 by

Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) reported on Saturday a 10 percent increase in second-quarter net profit, beating analyst estimates, as a total revenue rise outweighed higher provisions.

The lender made a net profit of 331 million dirhams ($90.1) in the three months to end-June, up from 301 million dirhams a year earlier, it said in a statement. The earnings jumped nearly 50 percent from the previous quarter.

Two analysts polled by Reuters had estimated a decline in      second-quarter profit to between 193 million and 208 million      dirhams.

Half-year earnings grew 10 percent to 552 million dirhams, the statement said.

Total half-year revenue rose 20 percent to 1.8 billion dirhams, while it grew 13 percent in the second quarter.

Provisions for impairment increased 43.8 percent to 210 million dirhams in the second quarter.

Total assets rose 14 percent to 102.9 billion dirhams at end-June, and customer deposits grew 22 percent to 77.6 billion dirhams.

In June, Goldman Sachs downgraded DIB to “sell” from      ”neutral” as the lender continued to shore up liquidity amid      limited access to attractively priced wholesale funds and      uncertainty over credit quality linked to Dubai’s troubled real      estate sector.

(Reporting by Firouz Sedarat; Editing by Catherine Evans)


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