SINGAPORE Nov 7 United Overseas Bank, the smallest of Singapore's three banking groups, on Wednesday posted an almost 36 percent rise in third-quarter net profit, helped by strong fee and commission income and trading gains.
UOB earned S$707 million ($577.52 million) in the three months ended in September, compared to S$522 million a year earlier. The results beat the S$652 million average estimate of five analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.
The Singapore bank said net interest income in the third quarter grew 6.1 percent to S$971 million from a year earlier even though interest rate margins were weak. Trading and investment income tripled to S$173 million.
DBS Group, Singapore's and Southeast Asia's largest lender, last week posted a 12 percent rise in third-quarter net profit, beating expectations on a sharp drop in bad debt charges and on double-digit growth in income from its core lending business. ($1 = 1.2242 Singapore dollars) (Reporting by Saeed Azhar)