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 Unaudited financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2013.
HSBC BANK OMAN S.A.O.G.
RESULTS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2013
 
HSBC Bank Oman S.A.O.G. (‘HBON’) announces that at the Board of Directors’ (the ‘Board’) meeting held on Monday, 29 April 2013, the Board approved HBON’s unaudited financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2013.
 
[As the merger which created HBON in June 2012 was accounted for as a reverse acquisition under International Financial Reporting Standard 3 (‘IFRS 3’) ‘Business Combinations’, the comparative information in the unaudited financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2013 are those of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, Oman branches, except for the legal capital and statutory reserves which are of Oman International Bank S.A.O.G.]
 
·         Net interest income was up by 124% to RO11.6m (compared to RO5.2m for the same period in 2012).
·         Total other operating income improved by 54.2% to RO4.9m (compared to RO3.2m for the same period in 2012).
·         A net recovery of RO2.5m has been reported for loan impairment charges compared to a net charge of RO0.2m for the same period in 2012. This is due to a recovery of RO1.6m from one corporate client and a general provision release of RO1.2m due to a reduction in corporate loans and advances, which was partly offset by a net charge of RO0.3m in retail loans and advances.
·         Operating expenses increased by 167% to RO12.3m (compared to RO4.6m for the same period in 2012) reflecting the running costs of the merged bank.
·         Net profit was up 91% to RO5.7m (compared to RO3.0m for the same period in 2012).
·         Loans and advances, net of provisions and reserved interest, increased by 119% to RO1,064.8m (compared to RO485.2m at 31 March 2012), while customer deposits increased by 155% to RO2,115.5m (compared to RO828.9m at 31 March 2012). The increase in loans and advances and customer deposits is mainly from combining the two businesses of Oman International Bank S.A.O.G. and HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, Oman branches, following the merger in 2012.
·         The capital adequacy ratio increased to 17.6% (compared to 16.4% at 31 March 2012), giving a strong capital base for future growth.