At 03:00 pm, Nifty PSU Bank index, the top gainer among sectoral indices, was up 6.9 per cent, as compared to 1.2 per cent rise in the benchmark Nifty50 index.
Shares of SBI surged 9 per cent to Rs 190 after the bank registered a net profit of Rs 3,581 crore in the fourth quarter ended March 2020 (Q4FY20), against Rs 838 crore clocked in the year-ago quarter. The reported profit was supported by one-time gain of Rs 2,731 crore from the stake sale in SBI Cards carried out during the quarter.
The bank’s assets quality improved on a YoY as well as on sequential basis. The bank’s gross non-performing assets (GNPA) ratio came in at 6.15 per cent against 7.53 per cent, while the net NPA ratio came in at 2.23 per cent against 3.01 per cent in the year-ago quarter. GNPA and NNPA stood at 6.94 per cent and 2.65 per cent, respectively, in December 2019 quarter.
However, net interest income (interest earned minus interest expenses) during the quarter declined 0.81 per cent to Rs 22,767 crore from Rs 22,954 crore in the corresponding quarter of previous fiscal. Net interest margin was down by 8 basis points YoY to 2.94 per cent from 3.02 per cent.