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Prince Amr Al Faisal and Ahmed Abdul Rahim

Ithmaar Holding Q1 net profit hits $4.81m

KUWAIT, May 14, 2018

Ithmaar Holding, a Bahrain-based financial institution, has reported a net profit of $4.81 million for the first quarter (Q1) of the year, a decrease of 16.9 percent compared to a net profit of $5.79 million for the same period in 2017.

Net profit attributable to equity holders for the period was $1.66 million, an increase of 187.8 percent compared to the $0.58 million net profit reported for the same period in 2017. Earning per share (EPS) increased to US cents 0.06 compared to 0.02 for Q1 2017.

“On behalf of the Ithmaar Holding Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that the financial results show that the unwavering focus on our core retail banking business continues to pay off,” Ithmaar Holding chairman Prince Amr Al Faisal.

“Our total income for the three-month period ended 31 March 2018 increased to $112.42 million, a 5.6 percent increase from the $106.49 million reported for the same period last year, mainly due to income from investments. Consequently, our operating income for the three-month period ended 31 March 2018 increased to $72.16 million, a 5.6 percent increase from the $68.34 million reported for the same period last year ,” he added.

Ithmaar Holding chief executive officer Ahmed Abdul Rahim, who is also the Ithmaar Bank Chief Executive Officer, said the results of both the company and the Bank were encouraging and reconfirm that efforts to turn the Group around are paying off.

“Ithmaar Holding’s total assets stood at $8.29 billion as at 31 March 2018, compared to $8.61 billion as at 31 December 2017, and remaining stable compared to $8.30 billion as at 31 March 2017,” said Abdul Rahim.

 “Total owners’ equity stood at $233.48 million as at 31 March 2018, a 34 percent reduction compared to $355.33 million as 31 December 2017, mainly due to early adoption of the new Financial Accounting Standard (FAS) ‘Impairment, credit losses and onerous commitments’ that was issued by the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI),” he said.

“I am pleased, also, to report that Ithmaar Bank’s financial results show a net profit of BD2.03 million ($5.35 million) for the three-month period ended 31 March 2018, compared to a net profit of BD3.08  million for the same period in 2017. Net profit attributable to equity holders for the three-month period ended 31 March 2018 was BD0.832 million, compared to the BD1.14 million net profit reported for the same period in 2017,” said Abdul Rahim.

“Although core income continued to grow during the period, operating income was lower by 9.5 percent mainly because 2017 capital gains by the Bank’s subsidiary in Pakistan, Faysal Bank Limited, during the previous period,” he said.

“Ithmaar Bank’s total assets stood at BD3.11 billion as at 31 March 2018, compared to BD3.24 billion as at 31 December 2017 and are stable compared to BD3.11 billion as at 31 March 2017,” said Abdul Rahim.

“Meanwhile, despite market conditions, the equity of unrestricted investment account holders stood at BD1.063 billion as at 31 March 2018, increasing 6.4 percent compared to BD0.999 billion as at 31 March 2017 but are stable compared to BD1.064 as at 31 December 2017. Total owners’ equity stood at BD101.2 million as at 31 March 2018, a 34.6 percent reduction compared to BD154.6 million as 31 December 2017, mainly due to the FAS 30 impact of previous period recognized in equity,” he said. – TradeArabia News Service




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