DUBAI, April 6 Riyad Bank, Saudi
Arabia's third-largest lender by assets, posted a 13.5 percent
increase in first-quarter net profit on Sunday, broadly in line
with analysts' estimates.
The bank made 1.08 billion riyals ($288 million) in the
three months ending March 31, compared with 951 million riyals
in the same period of 2013, it said in a stock market statement.
It cited an increase in total operating income - which
climbed 12 percent year-on-year to 1.93 billion riyals - for the
profit rise without elaborating.
Analysts surveyed by Reuters on average expected the bank to
post a net profit of 1.03 billion riyals for the first quarter.
($1 = 3.7504 Saudi Riyals)
(Reporting by David French; Editing by Matt Smith)