NBAD Net Profits Up 25.6% to AED 2.62 Billion in H1 2013

WAM ABU DHABI, July 23rd, 2013 (WAM) — The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) earned AED2,621 million for the first half ending 30th June 2013, up 25.6% from AED2,087 million in the corresponding half of 2012. This represents diluted Earnings Per Share of AED0.58 for H1 2013 versus AED0.46 for H1 2012.

Net profits were up 15.8% to AED1,212 million in Q2 2013 versus AED1,046 million in Q2 2012, but were down by 14% as compared to Q1 2013.

The annualised return on shareholders’ funds for the first half of 2013 was 18.1%, up from 16.9% in H1 2012 and in line with the bank’s medium term target.

Nasser Alsowaidi, Chairman of NBAD, said, “The first half demonstrates NBAD’s ability to consistently deliver results. Once again, we have achieved strong top and bottom line growth whilst maintaining our solid balance sheet and strong capital position. With Alex Thursby at the helm, we look forward to continued success for the bank and its stakeholders.” Alex Thursby, Group Chief Executive, said, “Our results for the first half of 2013 are largely positive, and I look forward to continuing the strong growth trajectory which NBAD has been on for many years. I am encouraged by what I have seen so far and more excited than ever about the opportunities that lie ahead for NBAD. That said, we face many challenges and have a lot of work ahead of us in order to achieve our goal of being the World’s Best Arab Bank.” “During my first few weeks at NBAD, I have focused my energies on formulating our strategic vision for the next 5 years and ensuring that we are absolutely focused on being core to our chosen clients. When we become truly core to our clients, we will deliver better results for our shareholders and all of our stakeholders. I look forward to sharing more about my strategic vision with clients and the investment community over the next several months,” Mr. Thursby added.

“Overall, I believe this bank is in a very solid position and has great potential. The critical factor is to enhance our execution to significantly improve that position through a clear and coherent strategy, both domestically and internationally over the next 5 years,” Mr. Thursby concluded.

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