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 RESULTS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2014

HSBC Bank Oman S.A.O.G. (‘HBON’) announces that at the Board of Directors’ meeting held on Sunday, 27 April 2014, the Board approved HBON’s unaudited financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2014.

  • Net profit was down by 45.6% to RO3.1m (compared to RO5.7m for the same period in 2013, which had benefitted from large recoveries, release of a portion of the general provision and earnings from one-off fees).
  • Net interest income remained flat at RO11.5m (compared to RO11.6m for the same period in 2013).
  • Total other operating income declined by 6.1% to RO4.6m (compared to RO4.9m for the same period in 2013 due to one-off fees received last year).
  • A net charge of RO0.2m has been reported for loan impairment charges (compared to a net recovery of RO2.5m for the same period in 2013, represented by recoveries from corporate clients of RO1.6m and a general provision release of RO1.3m from a reduction in corporate loans and advances, which were partly offset by a net charge in retail loans and advances).
  • Operating expenses remained flat at RO12.3m (compared to RO12.3m for the same period in 2013).
  • Loans and advances, net of provisions and reserved interest, decreased by 4.5% to RO1,017.1m due to the sale of the syndicated loan book and repayment of loans (compared to RO1,064.8m at 31 March 2013). Customer deposits decreased by 7.9% to RO1,948.1m due to a reduction in corporate deposits (compared to RO2,115.6m at 31 March 2013).
  • HBON’s capital adequacy ratio increased to 19.8% at 31 March 2014 (compared to 17.6% at 31 March 2013), representing a strong capital base for future growth.