Emirates NBD third-quarter profit rises 16%

Emirates NBD’s provisions for bad loans fell 18 percent to 353 million dirhams during the quarter, reflecting an improved outlook for Dubai’s economy. (Reuters)
Updated 30 October 2018
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Emirates NBD third-quarter profit rises 16%

  • The bank is the latest UAE-based bank to report positive profit growth during the quarter
  • Net interest income increased 18 percent from the same quarter of last year

DUBAI: Emirates NBD, Dubai’s largest lender, posted a 16 percent rise in third-quarter net profit on Tuesday as net interest income jumped and impairments for bad loans eased.
The bank made a net profit of 2.64 billion dirhams ($718.8 million) in the three months to Sept. 30, a statement from the bank said, compared to 2.28 billion dirhams in the corresponding period of 2017.
The results were broadly in line with the average forecast of three analysts polled by Reuters of a net profit of 2.57 billion dirhams.
The bank, 55.6 percent owned by state fund Investment Corp., is the latest United Arab Emirates-based bank to report positive profit growth during the quarter and follows First Abu Dhabi Bank and Dubai Islamic Bank also reporting double-digit profit rises.
Net interest income increased 18 percent from the same quarter of last year, while net interest margins also improved to 2.9 percent, which the bank attributed to rate rises feeding through to the loan portfolio. That helped overcome the impact of a 1 percent drop in non-interest income and a 15 percent rise in costs over the same period.
Reflecting an improved outlook for Dubai’s economy, provisions for bad loans fell 18 percent to 353 million dirhams during the quarter.
The bank, which raised a $2 billion three-year loan late last month, said in August it was closely monitoring the situation in Turkey after a plunge in the lira since it acquired Turkey’s Denizbank from Russia’s state-owned Sberbank in a $3.2 billion deal announced in May.
Arqaam Capital has said it expects the acquisition price to be revised down sharply and for the deal to close in the fourth quarter.
Emirates NBD’s loans and advances stood at 324.7 billion dirhams at the end of September, up 7 percent since the end of last year. Deposits increased 4 percent over the same period to 341.2 billion dirhams.


Nissan meets to replace Ghosn, as tensions with Renault grow

Updated 17 December 2018
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Nissan meets to replace Ghosn, as tensions with Renault grow

  • The decision on replacing Ghosn at Nissan is being led by an advisory committee that includes a former Renault executive
  • The Japanese company removed Ghosn from his post last month after he was detained on allegations of under-reporting his salary

TOKYO: The board of automaker Nissan meets Monday to discuss replacing former chairman Carlos Ghosn after his arrest for financial misconduct, as tensions grow in the firm’s alliance with Renault.
The Japanese company removed Ghosn from his post last month after he was detained on allegations of under-reporting his salary.
But it appears unlikely to agree Monday on a permanent replacement for him, in part because of open discord in its alliance with French automaker Renault.
Nissan itself faces charges for allegedly submitting financial documents that understated Ghosn’s pay, and Renault is now reportedly seeking more sway on the Japanese firm’s board.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Renault urged Nissan in a letter to hold a shareholders meeting to discuss Renault’s representation on the firm’s nine-member board and within its top management.
It warned that Nissan’s indictment “creates significant risks to Renault, as Nissan’s largest shareholder, and to the stability of our industrial alliance,” the Journal reported.
A source with knowledge of the issue confirmed that Nissan had received the letter and was planning an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting in January.
Renault’s letter is the latest sign of the tensions in the alliance that groups the firm with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors — a partnership that Ghosn forged and was often credited with holding together.
While Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors quickly removed Ghosn from leadership positions after his arrest, Renault has kept the auto executive on as CEO and chairman.
And while Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa launched a broadside against his former mentor shortly after his arrest, describing his “dark side,” Renault has approached the allegations more cautiously.
The decision on replacing Ghosn at Nissan is being led by an advisory committee that includes a former Renault executive, and Japanese media reports suggested it was unlikely to reach a decision on Monday.
“It slows things down, but it isn’t the end of the world,” a source close to the issue told AFP.
“We need to let them talk and decide properly. That’s more important than rushing.”
The company is instead likely to announce new governance measures intended to address criticism that it failed to prevent Ghosn’s alleged misconduct.
As his former employer wrangles over his replacement, Ghosn remains in the one-man cell at a Tokyo detention center he has occupied since his shock arrest on November 19.
Prosecutors have already charged him with under-reporting his pay by around $44 million over the five years to 2015, and are also investigating claims he under-reported it further in the last three years.
He will be detained until at least December 20, when prosecutors will either file new charges or request another 10-day detention period while they continue investigations.
A range of additional claims of financial misconduct have been made against Ghosn, including using Nissan funds to purchase homes around the world, though prosecutors have yet to level those accusations formally.
He and his former right-hand man Greg Kelly, who is also under arrest, reportedly deny any wrongdoing.
The charges have sparked a legal battle over Ghosn’s flat in Rio de Janeiro, with Nissan trying to prevent his family members from accessing the property and removing items.
A Brazilian court authorized relatives to access the apartment, despite claims from Nissan that they were removing corporate documents.
Ghosn’s arrest marked a stunning reversal of fortune for the Franco-Brazilian-Lebanese tycoon, once revered in Japan for effectively rescuing Nissan from insolvency.
He helped engineer the alliance between Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, creating a partnership that sold more cars than any other globally last year.