(PTI) Private sector lender Axis Bank on Thursday reported a net loss of ₹5,728 crore for the March 2023 quarter on account of the acquisition of the retail consumer business of CitiIndia.
The bank earned a net profit of ₹4,118 crore on a standalone basis in the same quarter the previous year.
During the quarter, the bank's total income increased to ₹28,865 crore from ₹22,000 crore a year ago, Axis Bank said in a regulatory filing.
Interest income grew to ₹23,970 crore during the period under review against ₹17,776 crore in the corresponding quarter a year ago.
The bank's board has recommended a dividend of ₹1 per share or 50 per cent of ₹2 face value for the year ended March 31, 2023.
Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) were reduced to 2.02 per cent of gross advances as of March 31, 2023, from 2.82 per cent by the end of March 2022.
Net NPAs also came down to 0.39 per cent of the advances from 0.73 per cent at the end of 2022.
The fall in the bad loans ratio helped cut the provisions and contingencies for Q4FY23 to ₹306 crore as compared to ₹987 crore a year ago.
Axis Bank on March 1 announced the acquisition of Citibank’s consumer business and non-banking financial company (NBFC) consumer business.
The bank paid ₹11,603 crore for the acquisition announced last year in March. The sale excludes Citi’s institutional client businesses in India.
Axis Bank is the fourth-largest issuer of credit cards with a total base of 8.6 million cards, and the deal will add about 2.5 million credit cardholders, making it one of the top three card businesses in the country.