China Construction Bank beats estimates with 10 pct profit rise

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, April 27 Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:24am EDT

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HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, April 27 (Reuters) - China Construction Bank Corp (CCB) , the country's second-biggest listed lender, beat estimates with a 10.4 percent rise in first-quarter net profit thanks to higher interest and fee income.

CCB is the third of China's four biggest lenders to report better than expected results this year. Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China last week defied market expectations of sharply declining profit growth for China's banks in the face of the country's interest rate reforms.

An 11 percent rise to income from interest and fees helped CCB to lift net profit to 65.8 billion yuan ($10.5 billion) from 59.6 billion in the first quarter of 2013, the bank's unaudited financial statement showed.

That compares with an average estimate of 64.5 billion yuan in a Reuters poll of 11 analysts.

CCB's non-performing loan ratio rose slightly to 1.02 percent at the end of March, from 0.99 percent three months earlier.

Net interest income was 103.2 billion yuan in the first quarter, up nearly 12 percent year on year, while gains in net fees and commission hit 32.12 billion yuan, a rise of more than 11 percent from last year.

CCB shares closed down 1.3 percent on Friday, in line with the Hang Seng index. ($1 = 6.2536 Chinese Yuan) (Reporting by Shanghai Newsroom and Lawrence White in Hong Kong; Editing by Miral Fahmy and David Goodman)

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