Banks register $2.4 bln net profit in Feb-Jan

Banks register $2.4 bln net profit in Feb-Jan

ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
Banks register $2.4 bln net profit in Feb-Jan

Turkey’s banking sector recorded 15.1 billion Turkish liras ($2.4 billion) net profits as of end-February, the country's banking watchdog said on March 30.

Total assets of the sector jumped 20 percent year-on-year to 4.7 trillion Turkish liras ($759.7 billion), the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BRSA) report revealed.

Loans, the biggest sub-category of assets, amounted to 2.8 trillion Turkish liras ($447 billion), a 14.5 percent rise from last year.

On the liabilities side, deposits held at lenders in Turkey – the largest liabilities item – totaled 2.7 trillion Turkish liras ($433.6 billion), rising 29 percent on an annual basis.

The U.S. dollar/Turkish lira (USD/TRY) exchange rate was around 6.24 as of Feb. 28, versus around 5.30 at the end of last February.

Pointing to lenders' minimum capital requirements, the banking sector's regulatory capital-to-risk-weighted-assets ratio – the higher the better – was 17.71 percent by the end last month, up from 17.01 percent in the same period last year.

The ratio of non-performing loans to total cash loans – the lower the better – stood at 5.20 percent in the same period, versus 4.11 percent a year ago.

As of end-February, a total of 51 state/private/foreign lenders – including deposit banks, participation banks, and development and investment banks – operated in the Turkish banking sector.

The sector had 204,204 employees, serving through 11,361 branches both in Turkey and overseas with some 49,507 ATMs.