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DUBAI Jan 22 National Bank of Kuwait, the Gulf Arab state's largest commercial lender, widely missed analysts' expectations as it posted a 48 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit, Reuters calculated.
Net profit was $142 million in the three months to the end of December, compared to $273 million in the same period a year ago, Reuters calculated based on financial statements.
Three analysts in a Reuters poll had predicted 80.14 million dinars ($283.2 million) net profit on average.
NBK reported a full-year profit for 2013 at $844 million, down from the $1.08 billion recorded for 2012, a statement from the bank said on Wednesday.
The bank said its board was recommending a cash dividend worth 0.03 dinars per share and a bonus share dividend of 5 percent. This was the same as the dividend recommended for 2012. ($1 = 0.2830 Kuwaiti dinars) (Reporting by David French; Editing by Olzhas Auyezov)
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