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Jakarta Post

Citibank Indonesia’s net profit jumps 97% in H1 amid sluggish loan growth

Citibank Indonesia’s net profit jumps 97% in H1 amid sluggish loan growth Citibank Indonesia chief executive officer Batara Sianturi poses for a photograph next to the lender’s banner after a media gathering in Jakarta on March 30. (JP/yon)
Made Anthony Iswara
Jakarta   ●   Thu, August 8, 2019 2019-08-08 12:49 639 0290f9de4aeb62f98549b410b55a0b9e 1 Business Citibank,first-semester,first-half,earnings,net-profit,banking,loan-growth,lending Free

Private lender Citibank Indonesia reported a net profit of Rp 1.64 trillion (US$115.28 million) in the first half, up 97 percent from Rp 835.34 billion in the first six months of last year, thanks to higher interest income and better loan quality, although loan growth remained stagnant.

The bank’s net interest income rose 7.6 percent to Rp 2.25 trillion from Rp 2.09 trillion in the same period last year, driven by an increase in net interest margin to 5.9 percent in the first half from 5.87 percent in the same period last year, it announced Wednesday.

Citibank Indonesia CEO Batara Sianturi said net trading income doubled to around Rp 1 trillion from about Rp 500 billion year-on-year (yoy) and there was a decrease in coverage ratio for bad loans of Rp 119 billion in the first half that had bolstered growth due to improvements in loan quality.

Gross nonperforming loans (NPL) declined to 2.29 percent by June this year from 2.34 percent yoy.

But the bank’s lending growth had fallen flat with less than 1 percent growth to Rp 47.86 trillion from Rp 47.47 trillion in the same period last year. The figure is a far cry from the 8 percent target in 2019. 

“We have yet to [revise the target]. We are still observing our pipeline in the next six months [...] especially since our institutional banking sector is running well,” Batara said.