MADRID, April 23 Spanish lender Bankinter
on Wednesday said net profit rose 19.1 percent to 60
million euro ($83 million) in the first quarter from a year ago,
helped by growing net lending income but missing analyst
Five analysts polled by Reuters had forecast an average
first quarter net profit of 65 million euros.
The mid-sized bank, Spain's seventh largest by market value,
posted net interest income, a measure of earnings on loans minus
deposit costs, of 169 million euros in the first quarter, up
27.5 percent from a year ago and in line with analyst forecasts.
($1 = 0.7248 Euros)
(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Elisabeth O'Leary)