Bank Leumi to pay large dividend as profit jumps
Bank Leumi (LUMI.TA), one of Israel’s two largest lenders, reported a jump in fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday and said it would pay a sizable dividend.
Net profit in the period reached 1.47 billion shekels ($446 million), compared with 890 million in the same period last year, the bank said.
The bank’s board approved paying a dividend of 588 million shekels, representing 40% of quarterly profit.
Leumi’s net interest income rose to 2.55 billion shekels from 2.22 billion. The bank recorded income for credit losses of 83 million shekels after setting aside provisions for loan losses of 270 million a year earlier.
For all of 2021, Leumi’s profit rose 187% to just over 6 billion shekels.
“The impressive growth we present is mainly based on adapting our service model to the tastes of our customers, both private and business, in addition to implementing state-of-the-art technologies and data tools to address their needs,” said CEO Hanan Friedman.
Leumi’s Tier 1 equity to risk assets ratio stood at 11.5% at the end of December, versus 11.87% a year earlier.
($1 = 3.2906 shekels)
Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Louise Heavens
This article was originally published by Reuters.