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BMI posts $20.7m Q4 loss

Manama, February 12, 2011

Bahrain-based BMI Bank has registered a loss after provisions of BD7.8 million ($20.7 million) for the fourth quarter of 2010 as compared to a loss of BD12.3 million during the same period in 2009.

It also posted a net loss of BD26.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 as compared to a loss of BD16.9 million during the corresponding period in 2009.

'Last year was another year of customer base growth and consolidation for the bank as well as our brand with a steady roll out of new customer centric products and services,' BMI Bank chief executive Jamal Al Hazeem said.

'At BMI Bank, we still maintain an excellent capital adequacy ratio of 20 per cent with strong liquidity and a portfolio of unique and innovative products and services.

'Our financial results for 2010 reflect the impact of provisions taken on exposures which have not performed as expected, resulting in a net loss of BD26.5 million for the year.

'Whilst we are disappointed by the need to raise provisions on these exposures, it is a very prudent and sensible approach which helps us move into 2011 with a renewed focus on strengthening our business in line with our vision,' he said.

'BMI Bank has experienced consistent growth over the last five years and by enhancing our product offering and growing the branch and ATM network in Bahrain, we have improved the customer offering and made BMI a stronger choice for our customers.

'The underlying business continued to do well across all segments in 2010 with good growth shown in our operations in Bahrain.

'We strengthened our product offering with the launch of a Sharia-compliant financing scheme in partnership with Tamkeen, offering enterprises within the private sector quick and convenient access to financing to meet their expansion plans as well as help in enhancing their productivity,' he added.

'We also recently announced the launch of our flagship savings product under a new name, Ayadi, and with an increased prize pool of $1.66 million.

'As a responsible Bahraini bank, we strengthened our corporate social responsibility programme in 2010 by actively participating in community outreach and social awareness programmes in partnership with American Mission Hospital, the Social Development Ministry and Think Pink Bahrain.

'During the year, we also signed on Bahraini Olympian Sami Al Kooheji as BMI Bank's brand ambassador to promote and inspire young Bahrainis to constantly achieve their dreams and seek new challenges,' he said.

'We look forward to the future with optimism whilst continuing to invest in our people, brand, product and services with a renewed commitment to provide our customers with simpler and quicker banking solutions with streamlined processes.

'We have a stable and growing business to leverage on with strong shareholder and customer support and will continue to work with BankMuscat to explore and deliver synergies from operating as part of a wider group,' he added.

BMI Bank recently unveiled its refreshed brand identity under a new tag line, 'better, together', strengthening its position as an entirely customer service-driven bank.

The bank is currently rated as 'Investment Grade' with a stable outlook by leading rating agencies - a reflection of its diversified revenue streams and strong support from shareholders who comprise some of the strongest and highly respected financial institutions from across the GCC, including BankMuscat (Oman). – TradeArabia News Service




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