April 28, 2020 / 10:49 AM / in a month

China's AgBank posts 4.8% rise in first-quarter profit despite coronavirus outbreak

FILE PHOTO: A logo of the Agricultural Bank of China is seen at the SIBOS banking and financial conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Agricultural Bank of China Ltd (AgBank) (1288.HK), (601288.SS), the country’s third-largest lender by assets, reported a 4.79% rise in first-quarter net profit on Tuesday despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

AgBank said net profit for the first three months of the year totalled 64.187 billion yuan ($9.07 billion), versus 61.25 billion yuan a year earlier.

AgBank’s non-performing loan (NPL) ratio unchanged at 1.4% by March-end from three month earlier. Total bad loans at the bank was 196.693 billion yuan at end-March, compared with 187.21 billion yuan at end-2019.

The bank did not disclose its net interest margin for the quarter.

Reporting by Zhang Yan, Cheng Leng in Beijing and Engen Tham in Shanghai, editing by Louise Heavens

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