ICICI Bank announces results for quarter ended June 30, 2009

The Board of Directors of ICICI Bank Limited (NYSE: IBN) at its meeting held at Mumbai on July 25, 2009, approved the audited unconsolidated accounts and the unaudited consolidated accounts of the Bank for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

Profit & loss account

• Profit before tax increased 31% to Rs. 1,205 crore (US$ 252 million) for the quarter ended June 30, 2009 (Q1-2010) from Rs. 922 crore (US$ 192 million) for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 (Q1-2009).

• Profit after tax increased 21% to Rs. 878 crore (US$ 183 million) for Q1-2010 from Rs. 728 crore (US$ 152 million) for Q1-2009.

• The net interest margin was maintained at 2.4%. Net interest income for Q1-2010 was Rs. 1,985 crore (US$ 414 million) compared to Rs. 2,090 crore (US$ 436 million) for Q1-2009. The decrease in net interest income was mainly due to the decrease in advances by 11.6%.

• The Bank earned treasury income of Rs. 714 crore (US$ 149 million) in Q1-2010. The Bank positioned its treasury strategy to benefit from the opportunities in equity and fixed income markets during the quarter.

• Fee income for Q1-2010 at Rs. 1,319 crore (US$ 275 million) was maintained at about the same level as for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 (Q4-2009). The lower level of fee income compared to Q1- 2009 was due to reduced investment and mergers & acquisition activity in the corporate sector and lower level of fees from distribution of retail financial products, reflecting the continued impact of the adverse global economic conditions on the operating environment.

• Operating expenses (including direct marketing agency expenses) decreased 20% to Rs. 1,494 crore (US$ 312 million) in Q1-2010 from Rs. 1,862 crore (US$ 389 million) in Q1-2009. The Bank achieved a reduction in the cost/average asset ratio to 1.6% for Q1-2010 from 1.9% for Q1-2009, despite the reduction in total asset.

Balance sheet

The Bank has continued with its strategy of strengthening its deposit franchise and maintaining high capitalization levels. This is reflected in the Bank’s strong capital adequacy ratio, robust growth in savings account deposits, increase in CASA ratio and reduction in wholesale term deposits. The Bank has also placed strong emphasis on efficiency improvement and cost rationalization. The Bank continues to invest in expansion of its branch network to enhance its deposit franchise and create an integrated distribution network for both asset and liability products.

In line with the above strategy, the total deposits of the Bank were Rs. 210,236 crore (US$ 43.9 billion) at June 30, 2009, compared to Rs. 218,348 crore (US$ 45.6 billion) at March 31, 2009. During the quarter, the Bank’s savings account deposits increased by Rs. 3,423 crore (US$ 715 million) resulting in an improvement in the CASA ratio to 30.4% at June 30, 2009 from 28.7% at March 31, 2009 and 27.6% at June 30, 2008. The branch network of the Bank stood at 1,471 at July 24, 2009. The Bank is in the process of implementing the 580 branch licenses received from Reserve Bank of India which would expand the branch network to about 2,000 branches, giving the Bank a wide distribution reach in the country.

Reflecting the moderation in systemic credit offtake and the Bank’s conscious strategy of risk containment, the loan book of the Bank decreased to Rs. 198,102 crore (US$ 41.4 billion) at June 30, 2009 from Rs. 224,146 crore (US$ 46.8 billion) at June 30, 2008. In Q1-2010, the Bank’s agricultural loan portfolio reduced in line with the seasonal nature of the business.

Capital adequacy

The Bank’s capital adequacy at June 30, 2009 as per Reserve Bank of India’s Basel II norms was 17.4% and Tier-1 capital adequacy was 13.1%, well above RBI’s requirement of total capital adequacy of 9.0% and Tier-1 capital adequacy of 6.0%.

Asset quality

At June 30, 2009, the Bank’s net non-performing asset ratio was 2.19% compared to 1.96% at March 31, 2009, reflecting the decline in the loan portfolio during the quarter.

Consolidated profits

Consolidated profit after tax of the Bank increased by 68% from Rs. 617 crore (US$ 129 million) in Q1-2009 to Rs. 1,035 crore (US$ 216 million) in Q1-2010, driven primarily by higher profit after tax of ICICI Bank and sharp reduction in losses of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company (ICICI Life).

Overseas banking subsidiaries

ICICI Bank Canada’s profit after tax for Q1-2010 was CAD 8.9 million. ICICI Bank Canada’s capital position continued to be strong with a capital adequacy ratio of 22.0% at June 30, 2009. ICICI Bank UK’s profit after tax for Q1-2010 was USD 4.9 million. ICICI Bank UK’s capital position continued to be strong with a capital adequacy ratio of 16.0% at June 30, 2009. Both ICICI Bank Canada and ICICI Bank UK continued to maintain substantial excess liquidity during the quarter.

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(This is a press release from ICICI Bank)