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ICICI Bank makes additional $45 mn provisioning
BS Reporter / Mumbai April 27, 2008
Bank suffers MTM losses on credit derivatives exposure; Q4 net profit rises 39 per cent.

ICICI Bank today said it has made additional provisions of around $45 million (Rs 180 crore) for mark-to-market losses (MTM) on its credit derivative obligations (CDOs) and credit-linked note (CLN) portfolio during February and March 2008. This takes the bank's total provision for these instruments to $170 million (Rs 680 crore) during the year.
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"We have no sub-prime assets but only exposure to CDOs and CLNs. We have seen no deterioration of our portfolio. The provisioning is only for the MTM losses due to widening of credit spreads. In fact, post March 31, the credit spreads have tightened and we have made a saving of $16 million (Rs 64 crore)," Chanda Kochhar, joint managing director and chief financial officer, said.

For the fourth quarter of 2007-08, India's largest private bank reported a 39 per cent growth in net profit to Rs 1,150 crore, as against Rs 825 crore in the corresponding period last year.

ICICI Bank's total exposure to CLNs and CDOs was estimated at $1.6 billion (Rs 4,240 crore), comprising 70 per cent of Indian corporates.

Credit derivatives are instruments for which the underlying asset is a loan or a bond. Marking to market means valuing a portfolio based on the prevailing market price.

Despite this, the bank has seen an 8 per cent rise in provisions during the fourth quarter to Rs 948 crore, as against Rs 876 crore during January-March 2007. Most of the other private sector banks, such as Axis Bank and HDFC Bank, have seen significant rise in non-tax provisions and contingencies mainly due to provisions for derivatives. ICICI Bank, however, did not disclose the details of its derivative deals.

Asked about the cases filed by companies related to the derivative deals, Kochhar said, "Corporates take derivative products to hedge their exposure. Some corporate clients have taken a mark-to-market loss.

The bank does not disclose any profits or losses incurred by its clients. There are a few cases which are under dispute and the bank has made adequate provisions for it."

The bank's treasury income dipped 63 per cent to Rs 164 crore during the quarter, as against Rs 445 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. Other income is up 12 per cent to Rs 2,361 crore.

Fee income increased 32 per cent to Rs 6,627 crore from Rs 5,012 crore. Of the total fee income, retail and small and medium enterprises contributed around 52 per cent and the balance came from overseas operations.

Foreign operations account for about 25 per cent of the bank's business.

The bank's portfolio of advances grew 15.2 per cent while the retail book grew 3.1 per cent year-on-year. Advances through overseas branches increased 95.6 per cent and others by 5.6 per cent. ICICI Bank has sold close to Rs 14,000 crore worth of retail loans across product categories across the year.

The bank's net interest margin stood at 2.40 per cent as against 2.28 per cent in the corresponding quarter last year. Its cost of funds has eased to 7.4 per cent from 7.5 per cent. Net non-performing assets to advances increased to 1.55 per cent from 1.02 per cent. Its capital adequacy ratio stood at 13.97 per cent.
ICICI Bank's PAT crosses US$ 1.0bn
2008-04-26 16:30:05
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The Board of Directors of ICICI Bank Limited (NYSE: IBN) at its meeting held at Mumbai today, approved the audited accounts of the Bank for the year ended March 31, 2008 (FY2008).

• Profit after tax for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 (Q4-2008) increased 39% to Rs. 1,150 crore (US$ 287 million) from Rs. 825 crore (US$ 206 million) for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 (Q4-2007).
• Profit after tax for FY2008 increased 34% to Rs. 4,158 crore (US$ 1.0 billion) from Rs. 3,110 crore (US$ 775 million) for the year ended March 31, 2007 (FY2007).
• Net interest income increased 30% to Rs. 7,304 crore (US$ 1.8 billion) for FY2008 from Rs. 5,637 crore (US$ 1.4 billion) for FY2007.
• Fee income increased 32% to Rs. 6,627 crore (US$ 1.7 billion) for FY2008 from Rs. 5,012 (US$ 1.2 billion) for FY2007.
• Current and savings account (CASA) deposits ratio increased to 26% at March 31, 2008 from 22% at March 31, 2007.
• At March 31, 2008, ICICI Bank and its subsidiaries had consolidated total assets of Rs. 485,830 crore (US$ 121.1 billion).

Dividend on equity shares
The Board has recommended a dividend of 110% for FY2008 i.e. Rs. 11 per equity share (equivalent to US$ 0.55 per ADS) as compared to 100% for FY2007. The declaration and payment of dividend is subject to requisite approvals. The record/book closure dates shall be announced in due course.

Operating review

Deposit growth
Current and savings account deposits increased 27% to Rs. 63,781 crore (US$ 15.9 billion) at March 31, 2008 from Rs. 50,214 crore (US$ 12.5 billion) at March 31, 2007 and constituted 26% of total deposits at March 31, 2008 compared to 22% at March 31, 2007. The Bank is significantly expanding its branch network to expand its reach and further enhance its deposit franchise. At April 23, 2008 the Bank had 1,308 branches and extension counters as compared to 755 branches and extension counters at March 31, 2007. This increase of 553 branches and extension counters includes about 190 branches on account of the merger of Sangli Bank.
The Bank had 3,950 ATMs at April 23, 2008.

Credit growth
Consolidated advances of the Bank and its overseas banking subsidiaries and ICICI Home Finance Company increased 19% to Rs. 252,071 crore (US$ 62.8 billion) at March 31, 2008 from Rs. 211,660 crore (US$ 52.8 billion) at March 31, 2007. This reflects robust growth in the loan book of the Bank's international branches, its international subsidiaries and ICICI Home Finance Company.

International operations
ICICI Bank's international business is focused on:
• Building a retail deposit base which gives the Bank access to low cost deposits on sustainable basis: Aggregate retail deposits of ICICI Bank UK and Canada increased 90% from Rs. 15,740 crore (US$ 3.9 billion) at March 31, 2007 to Rs. 29,861 crore (US$ 7.4 billion) at March 31,
• Building a global syndication network which enables the Bank to syndicate its foreign currency assets across a wide variety of investors: The Bank was ranked #1 in offshore loan syndications of Indian corporates in 2007.
• Being the preferred advisor and financier for overseas acquisitions of Indian corporates
• Achieving the status of the preferred bank for non-resident Indians in key markets of UK and Canada.

ICICI Bank UK PLC achieved profit after tax of Rs. 155 crore (US$ 38.4 million) for FY2008 and increased its balance sheet by 80% to Rs. 35,300 crore (US$ 8.8 billion) at March 31, 2008. Its retail deposit base almost doubled to Rs. 17,250 crore (US$ 4.3 billion) on the back of the successful internet savings product and a 25% penetration in the bankable Indian community.

At March 31, 2008 the Bank's international operations accounted for about 25% of its consolidated banking assets.

Capital adequacy
The Bank's capital adequacy at March 31, 2008 as per Reserve Bank of India's revised guidelines on Basel II norms was 13.97% (including Tier-1 capital adequacy of 11.76%), well above RBI's requirement of total capital adequacy of 9.0%. At March 31, 2008, the capital adequacy ratios of ICICI Bank's UK and Canada subsidiaries were 18.6% and 22.9% respectively.

Asset quality
At March 31, 2008, the Bank's net non-performing assets constituted 1.49% of net customer assets.

Performance highlights of key non-banking subsidiaries

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company (ICICI Life) significantly increased its overall market share from 9.9% in FY2007 to 13.1% during April-February 2008 on the basis of retail new business weighted received premiums. ICICI Life's new business weighted received premium increased by 68% in FY2008 compared to industry growth of 37% during April-February 2008. The growing operations of ICICI Life had a negative impact of Rs. 1,032 crore (US$ 257 million) on the consolidated profit after tax of ICICI Bank in FY2008. However, ICICI Life's unaudited New Business Profit (NBP) in FY2008 was Rs. 1,254 crore (US$ 313 million). The assets held by ICICI Life increased from about Rs. 15,818 crore (US$ 3.9 billion) at March 31, 2007 to Rs. 28,578 crore (US$ 7.1 billion) at March 31, 2008.

ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company (ICICI General) maintained its overall market share of 12.3% during April-February 2008. ICICI General's premiums increased 11.4% to Rs. 3,345 crore (US$ 834 million) in FY2008 despite the impact of de-tariffing. ICICI General's profit after tax increased by 51% to Rs. 103 crore (US$ 26 million) in FY2008 from Rs. 68 crore (US$ 17 million) in FY2007.

ICICI Securities' unconsolidated revenues and profit after tax for FY2008 were Rs. 750 crore (US$ 187 million) and Rs. 150 crore (US$ 37 million) respectively. ICICI Securities Primary Dealership's profit after tax for FY2008 was Rs. 140 crore (US$ 35 million).

ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company's (ICICI AMC) average mutual fund assets under management was Rs. 54,355 crore (US$ 13.5 billion) in March 2008. ICICI AMC's profit after tax increased by 70% to Rs. 82 crore (US$ 20 million) in FY2008 from Rs. 48 crore (US$ 12 million) in FY2007.

ICICI Venture Funds Management Company (ICICI Venture) is the largest Indian private equity company with assets under management of about Rs. 9,550 crore (US$ 2.4 billion). ICICI Venture's profit after tax for the year ended March 31, 2008 was Rs. 90 crore (US$ 22 million).

Sourced From: ICICI Bank Ltd

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