HONG KONG/SHANGHAI Aug 19 Bank of China (BoC) , the country's fourth-largest lender by market value, reported an 11.2 percent rise in first half net profit, in line with estimates, as net interest margin held steady.
BoC on Tuesday posted a net profit of 89.7 billion yuan ($14.61 billion) for the January-June period. A Reuters poll of analysts had forecast a net profit of 90.2 billion yuan for the period.
BoC's non-performing loan ratio increased slightly to 1.02 percent at end-June compared to 0.98 percent at end-March.
The first-half figure implies a net profit of 44.3 billion yuan in the second quarter, which would be an 8.3 percent from the second quarter of 2013. ($1 = 6.1408 Chinese yuan) (Reporting by Engen Tham in SHANGHAI and Lawrence White in HONG KONG; Editing by Miral Fahmy)