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SBI shares hit 52-week high; up over 4% post healthy earnings


Mumbai, Nov 17 (PTI) Shares of country’s largest lender State Bank of India today rose by over 4 per cent to touch its 52-week high level on the back of the company reporting 31 per cent jump in its net profit in the September quarter and improvement in the asset quality.

SBI’s scrip gained 4.17 per cent to Rs 2,905 — its 52-week high level.

At the NSE, it climbed 4.34 per cent to touch its one year peak of Rs 2,908.95.

The stock was the top gainer among the blue-chips on both Sensex and Nifty.

State Bank of India had on Friday reported 31 per cent jump in its net profit at Rs 3,100 crore in the September quarter, on account of improvement in interest income and tight control on expenses.

The bank had reported a profit after tax of Rs 2,375 crore in the year-ago period.

“Net profit is coming from the improved numbers as our interest income has gone up. Also, our expenses are very well controlled with overall operating expenses going up by 2.23 per cent,” SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya had said.

Total interest income grew 9.85 per cent to Rs 37,263 crore from Rs 33,922 crore in the review period.

Net interest income increased by 8.36 per cent to Rs 13,275 crore in the quarter from Rs 12,251 crore in the same period last year.

The bank saw improvement in the asset quality with gross NPA (non-performing assets) ratio at 4.89 per cent as against 5.64 per cent. Net NPA improved to 2.73 per cent from 2.91 per cent in the same period last year.

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