MOSCOW, Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bank's sustainable profit excluding one-offs came in at RUB 17.4 bn, growing by 23% as part of the net profit. Net interest income increased by 19% to RUB 40.6 bn, while net fee and commission income rose by 23% to RUB 18 bn.
Year to date, the Bank's retail loan portfolio added 27% and reached RUB 242 bn, mainly on secured loans, which increased to RUB 156 bn. In 9M 2019, the share of secured lending in the retail lending portfolio increased to 64%. Car loans went up by 30% to RUB 94 bn, while mortgage loans grew by 11% to RUB 62 bn. In total, the net interest income and net fee and commission income increased by 75% y-o-y.
Sergey Khotimskiy, First Deputy CEO: "In 9M 2019, we saw a steady rise of earnings from regular business, as well as higher interest and fee and commission income in the retail segment. To us, this is an evidence of a right strategy in retail with a focus on secured lending and the Halva instalment card project."
In 9M 2019, net profit of the Bank's corporate segment increased by 2.3x y-o-y to RUB 7 bn, primarily on higher fee and commission income (+57% vs 9M 2018). In Q3 2019, the Bank arranged 16 rouble-denominated bond issues for a total amount of RUB 93 bn.
Dmitry Gusev, Chairman of the Management Board: "In 2019, we have been able to fully capitalise on the synergies from last year's merger with Rosevrobank: SME lending is booming and commodity market departments are delivering excellent results, including in terms of precious metals. The integration at the team level has been completed, and the resulting entity is now functioning as a single whole."
In August?September 2019, the three international rating agencies and Russia's ACRA Credit Rating Agency upgraded Sovcombank's credit ratings. Fitch upgraded the Bank's rating to ??+, S&P to ??, Moody's to Ba2 on the international scale, and ACRA to ?+ on the national scale.
At the end of Q3 2019, Sovcombank issued its debut subordinated Eurobonds for USD 300 m with a maturity of 10.5 years. The issue received the ?? rating from Fitch.
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