JK Bank Q1 Net Up 59%

SRINAGAR: Carrying forward the annual-performance momentum, J&K Bank net profit rose 48% Quarter-on-Quarter (QoQ) and 59% Year-on-Year (YoY) to Rs 165.97 Cr for the first quarter (Q1) of FY 2022-23, when compared to Rs 112.20 Cr and Rs 104.32 Cr recorded for the fourth and first quarter of the last financial year respectively.

The Bank announced its Q1results today after the Bank’s Board of Directors approved the quarterly numbers in a meeting held here at the Bank’s Corporate Headquarters.

Performance Highlights

Witnessing 6-times jump in sequential terms, the Banks operating profit sharply rose to Rs 381.45 Cr from Rs 62.21 Cr registered during the fourth quarter of last financial year. The Bank’s Cost to Income Ratio for the quarter is at69.17%.

During the quarter, the Bank’s NII rose 6.7% YoY and 6.02 % QoQ to Rs 1034.23 Cr when compared to Rs 969.29 Cr and Rs 975.50 Cr recorded during the first and fourth quarter of the last financial year, while as the Bank’s other-income grew 3% QoQ to Rs 202.94 Cr.The Net Interest Margin (NIM) is 3.46% as against 3.41% recorded on March 31, 2022.

Up by 5.6% sequentially, Bank’s operating income grew by 4% YoY to Rs 1237.17 Cr when compared to Rs 1190.30 Cr recorded on June 30, 2021.

Commenting upon the Bank’s results, MD & CEO Baldev Prakash said, “Despite migration hassles due to technology upgradation to Finacle 10, the Q1 numbers are good and have provided the much needed impetus to achieve business goals in coming quarters. The performance on operational parameters has been encouraging and the slightly moderated Cost to Income Ratio is quite a bit of relief after hovering well above the 70% levels for 3 consecutive quarters.”

Asset Quality

The Bank’s net NPA’s as percentage to net Advances ratio is 3.02% for the quarter against 2.94% recorded last year while as Gross NPA ratio is down YoY to 9.09 % from 9.69% recorded as on June 30, 2021 but is up QoQ by 42 bps.

Regarding asset quality, the MD & CEO said, “The sequential increase of 42 basis points in gross NPA figure from 8.67%, recorded on March 31, 2022, is partly due to the issues arising out of CBS migration besides the fact that last year the Bank had technically written off Rs 758 Cr NPAs in Q2.”

“With vigorous recovery pursuits and expected resolution of good number of accounts, the Bank’s short to mid-term goal will be to contain its GNPA figure below 6%”, he added.

Return on Assets (RoA) have grown by almost half YoY from 0.35% to 0.52%, while as the Return on Net Worth (RoNW) has risen to 9.22% from 7.06% recorded last year.

Creating sufficient provisioning buffer to strengthen its balance sheet, the Bank’s Provision Coverage Ratio (PCR) for the reviewed quarter continues to remain above 80%at 81.21% – one of the highest in the industry.

Business Growth

Overall, deposits have shown growth of 6%to Rs 112145.18 Cr from Rs 105688.89 Cr recorded during the corresponding quarter last year, while as advances have increased 7.71% YoY from Rs 66779.52 Cr to Rs 71926.56 Cr.

However, YoY growth of advances and deposits’ portfolios in the UT of J&K is at 10% and 6%respectively, while as in Rest of India excluding Ladakh, Deposits have increased by 1.75% and Advances grown by 1.45%.During the quarter, the Bank has continued to maintain its CASA Ratio well above 55%.

Capital Adequacy

The bank’s Capital Adequacy Ratio is at 13.02 %, which is well above the regulatory norm and 101 bps up YoY when compared to 12.01% recorded last year.

Elaborating upon capital adequacy, the MD & CEO said, “The reported Capital Adequacy Ratio does not take into account the quarterly profit of Rs 165.97 Cr, which otherwise would have made a positive impact of around 20 basis”, adding, “However, we are adequately capitalized and will get further cushion to comfortably fund our future growth plans after the board-approved capital raising plan of Rs 2000 Cr for the current financial year gets realized.”

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