JERUSALEM Aug 14 Bank Hapoalim, Israel's largest lender, reported a higher-than-expected rise in quarterly net profit, boosted by an increase in financing income and a gain in its provision for credit losses.
Hapoalim on Thursday said it earned 783 million shekels ($225 million) in the second quarter, up from 655 million a year earlier and above expectations of 705 million in a Reuters poll of analysts.
Net financing income rose to 2.32 billion shekels from 2.18 billion, while it had income in its provision for credit losses of 3 million shekels, compared with an expense of 301 million in the second quarter of 2013.
Hapoalim's core Tier 1 capital ratio to risk-weighted assets was 9.53 percent according to Basel 3, compared with 9.15 percent on Jan. 1.
The bank's board approved a dividend of 119 million shekels for the second quarter, up from 106 million in the first quarter.
($1 = 3.4766 Israeli shekels) (Reporting by Steven Scheer; Editing by Matt Driskill)