Emirates NBD profit up 44% to Dh14.5 billion in 2019

By DG Staff

DUBAI 28 January 2020: Emirates NBD net profit has risen 44% to AED14.5 billion in 2019.

According to a press statement issued by the bank on Monday, net interest income increased 26% due to loan growth and non-interest income grew 38% due to higher foreign exchange and credit card related income. Core operating profit grew 4% y-o-y helped by the inclusion of DenizBank.

The statement added that the bank’s balance sheet remains strong with healthy liquidity and stable credit quality. The common equity tier 1 ratio settled at 15.3% following a successful rights issue in November 2019.

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Emirates NBD, said, “The outstanding success of the Rights Issue underlines the confidence of local and international investors in the bank’s business model and promising outlook. As the official banking partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, we are excited and honoured to be associated with the World’s Greatest Show and look forward to creating a strong social and economic legacy. In 2019, we dedicated our corporate social activities to the ‘Year of Tolerance’ through continuous efforts to support People of Determination.

“As 2020 marks the ‘Year of Getting Ready for the UAE’s 50th Anniversary’, we will channel our efforts to help design the future for the generations to come in the next fifty years.”

Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, said, “Emirates NBD delivered a strong set of results in 2019, achieving a record net profit of Dh14.5 billion and total assets in excess of Dh683 billion. We are delighted to welcome DenizBank into the Emirates NBD family during 2019, increasing the bank’s presence to 13 countries, servicing over 14 million customers in the Menat region. In 2019 the bank raised its Foreign Ownership Limit to 20% and signalled its intention to further increase the limit to 40% in due course.

Core operating profit rose 4% as higher income more than offset a rise in expenses and provisions. The Bank’s balance sheet remains healthy and the acquisition of DenizBank helped grow total assets by 37% to Dh683 billion. NIMs improved 7 bps y-o-y to 2.89%, helped by our expansion into Turkey, whilst the cost to income ratio at 32.1% remains within guidance. Emirates NBD is honoured to be named ‘Bank of the Year – UAE 2019’ for the fourth time by The Banker. We have completed the third chapter of our Dh 1 billion digital transformation and will conclude the final phase ahead of the UAE’s 50th anniversary.