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Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC Reports First Quarter 2015 Net Profit Of AED 1.249 BN, An Increase Of 13% Year On Year, And 22% Quarter On Quarter
(21 April 2015)


“The Bank had a very good start to the year, reporting a record return on equity of 21.9% and a record operating income of AED 2.192 bn for the first quarter in 2015, crossing the AED 2 bn mark in operating income for the first time and delivering a net profit of AED 1.249 bn, up 13% year on year.  Excluding income attributable to non-controlling interests, net profit attributable to equity shareholders grew by 31% in Q1’15.

Our strong results reflect the strength of our franchise and on-going customer demand for our products and services in a challenging and competitive environment, while we continue to pro-actively manage our cost base, in turn driving an improvement in our profitability.

We continue to focus on sustainable growth by striking a balance between ambition and discipline as we strive to create the most valuable bank in the UAE and a better way to bank for our customers.

All of our businesses contributed to these strong set of results reported by the Bank, demonstrating the diversity of our franchise and our dedication to disciplined execution and customer centricity.

We are pleased with our first quarter results and remain positive about future growth.  Whilst markets remain competitive, we are confident that with our resilient balance sheet and robust strategic pillars, we can deliver sustainable growth for our customers and shareholders.”

Deepak Khullar, Group Chief Financial Officer, commented on the results:

“ADCB reported strong top and bottom line growth in the first quarter of 2015. Our capital adequacy ratio continues to be at industry leading levels at 19.49% compared to 21.03% as at 31 December2014, the decline was mainly due to dividend payments in Q1’15. Even with significantly high levels of capital, our businesses have delivered a record return on equity of 21.9%, which is amongst the highest in our peer group.

Our cost base is efficiently managed, with a cost to income ratio of 31.9% for the quarter and asset quality metrics continue to remain strong, with a provision coverage of 134.1% and cost of risk reported at 60 bps.

Our fee income reported solid growth, up 32% year on year and contributed 68% towards total non-interest income, compared to 55% in Q1’14, demonstrating our commitment to diversify our revenue stream and our increased emphasis on fee income generation across the Bank.”

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