Interest income declined by 5% during the nine month period, to $832.02 million relative to $878.74 million for the comparable period in 2016. Interest expense also declined by 7% to close at $610.19 million compared to $653.21 million in 2016. As a result, net interest income declined by 2% to $221.83 million relative to $225.53 million in 2016. While for the third quarter the company booked $75.88 million in net interest income.
Dividend Income increased 131% to total $27.29 million compared to the $11.83 million earned in 2016. Gains on sale of investment increased by 47%, to $190.24 million (2016: $129.46 million). Income from Fees & Commissions rose by 55%, to close at $339.67 million (2016: $219.78 million).
Foreign exchange trading and translation gains declined to a total of $27.29 million for the period, compared to $62.25 million recorded in the previous year. Other Income amounted to $7.89 million, up from $301,000 reported for the comparable period in 2016.
Administrative Expenses for the period amounted to $251.61 million, increasing 12% from $224.64 million in 2016. Staff costs climbed 2% to total $254.29 million (2016: $249.36 million).
Notably, BIL reported Impairment of available-for-sale investment of $60.0 million (2016: Nil).
Consequently, the company reported net profits of $124.92 million, a marginal increase of 3% relative to the $121.3 million booked in 2016; this followed taxation of $112.60 million (2016: $53.69 million). While for the third quarter BIL reported net profit of $66.79 million relative to $55.87 million reported in 2016 a 20% increase.
Earnings per Share for the nine ended June 2017 totalled $0.28 relative to $0.27 in 2016. The EPS for the third quarter amounted to $0.15 compared to $0.13cents for the corresponding period in 2016. The number of shares used in our calculations amounted to 445,001,824 units.
BIL noted, “The outlook remains positive as the local and international economics continue to show steady improvement. We will continue to focus our attention on enhancing value for our shareholders through cost management and taking advantage of strategic investment opportunities.”
Balance Sheet at a glance:
As at June, 2017, total assets amounted $15.97 billion (2016: $15.35 billion), a $618.08 million improvement.
Shareholders’ Equity amounted to $3.16 billion relative to $2.29 billion in 2016 resulting in a book value per share of $7.08 relative to $5.15 in 2016.
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