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Vietcombank H1 profit surges 35 pct

By Quynh Trang   July 12, 2021 | 06:27 pm PT
Vietcombank H1 profit surges 35 pct
The logo of Vietcombank is seen at an ATM in downtown Hanoi. Photo by Shutterstock/Asia Images.
State-owned lender Vietcombank reported a VND14.8 trillion (nearly $643.5 million) profit in the first half of the year, up more than 35 percent year-on-year.

A senior Vietcombank official who did not want to be named told VnExpress Monday that the rise in profit can be attributed to a 60 percent year-on-year increase in non-interest income, mainly from services.

In the first half of the year, the bank made bancassurance revenues of some VND500 billion.

In its first-half review meeting held late last week, Vietcombank said that as of late June, its outstanding loans rose over 9.8 percent against late 2020 to VND920 trillion.

The credit growth of more than 9.8 percent approaches the ceiling rate of 10.5 percent set by the State Bank of Vietnam for the whole year, so Vietcombank has proposed that the central bank increases it to 14 percent.

Its bad debt ratio increased from 0.6 percent early this year to 0.91 percent by the end of the second quarter, due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Vietcombank official said profit growth in 2021 is projected to be lower than the first half surge as credit growth has approached the ceiling rate, and the bank plans to continue to lower lending interest rates in the second half. Its bad debts are likely to increase further because of the pandemic.

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