Net income of Abu Dhabi-based commercial banks hits AED9 billion in Q2 2017

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 5, 2017

The net income of Abu Dhabi-based commercial banks amounted to AED9 billion during Q2 2017, a growth of 4.1 percent from AED8.64 billion during the corresponding period in 2016.

Net interest income amounted to AED5.268 billion during Q2 of 2017, accounting for 58.5 percent of commercial banks' net income in the Emirate, according to the Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi.

'The growth recorded in bank income reflects the resilience of the banking sector as compared to other GCC states despite the global economic slowdown,' said Manal Al Shanti, a banking expert, who corroborated the state banking apparatus' ability to grow over the coming period and post better rates than those registered by the end of June.

Commercial bank investment income grew 14.2 percent from AED920 million in Q1 2016 to AED1.051 billion by the end of Q2 in 2017, while other income streams rose from AED2.26 billion to AED2.73 billion during the same monitored period.

Loan and advance interest rates reached 9.76 percent on personal loans during Q2 of the current year against 9.81 percent in Q2 2016. Commercial loans interest rates hit 7.97 percent, while overdraft interest reached 9.36 percent, 6.95 percent for trust receipts and 17.78 percent for loans and other kinds of advances.

Deposit interest rates for more than one year amounted to 1.07 percent by the end of Q2 2017 against 1.1 percent during the corresponding period 2016. One-year deposit interest stood at 0.78 percent and 0.75 percent for six-month deposit, 0.66 percent for 3-month deposit, 0.54 percent for two-month deposit and 0.35 percent for one-month deposit.

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