Bengaluru-headquartered public sector lender Vijaya Bank on Thursday reported a nearly four-fold jump in its net profit to Rs 230.28 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016.The bank had reported a net profit of Rs 52.61 crore in the corresponding quarter, last year.
Vijaya Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kishore Kumar Sansi said, “From the last six quarters, we have been doing very well. The strategy is to concentrate on retail business, improve NIM (net interest margin), and not to concentrate much on topline at the cost of profit.”
“That is how, we have been able to reduce our high-cost deposit... almost to negligible. Then, reorientation from corporate credit to retail has given few more dividends and coupled with good treasury profits,” Sansi explained.Net Interest Income (NII), or the difference between the interest earned on loans and the interest paid on deposits, grew at 22.88% to Rs 906.49 crore, compared with Rs 737.70 crore.
The bank’s total income rose to Rs 3,714.37 crore in the quarter under review from Rs 3,237.02 crore in the same period a year ago, Vijaya Bank said in a statement.
The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) rose to 6.98%, against 4.32% in the same quarter last fiscal.Net NPAs rose to 4.74% in the quarter under review compared with 2.98%, a year ago.
When asked about demonetisation’s effects on the public banking sector, Vijaya Bank Executive Director B S Rama Rao said, “It is a temporary phenomenon, which does not affect the demands of the corporate sector. However, the bank does not visualise any improvement in the economy as of now.”
Provision coverage ratio increased to 55.44% and retail advances increased to Rs 27,284 crore, up by 22.88%. As on December 31, 2016, the bank has 2,030 branches and 1,865 ATMs.Vijaya Bank’s stocks jumped 19.78% to Rs 63.90 a share on the BSE.

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