Marking the completion of eleven years of banking excellence within the Sultanate, year 2018 witnesses yet another achievement for Bank Sohar as it announces its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018. The Bank posted a growth of 48.6% for the period ended March 31, 2018, achieving a net profit of OMR 8.904 million as compared to a net profit of OMR 5.992 million during the same period in 2017.
The Bank’s total operating income increased by 23.38% from OMR 17.676 million in the first three months of 2017 to OMR 21.808 million for the same period in 2018. Net operating income increased by 37.08% from OMR 9.049 million in the first three months of 2017 to OMR 12.404 million in 2018. During the first three months of 2018, other operating income grew by 8.20% to OMR 7.272 million compared to OMR 6.721 million in the first three months of 2017.
Commenting on the results, Mr. Mohammed Mahfoudh Al Ardhi, Chairman of Bank Sohar, said, “The Bank is continuing with its efforts to achieve sustainable and profitable growth despite challenging market conditions, these results show the positive outcomes of our well-positioned long-term strategies focused on offering innovative financial solutions that cater to different stakeholders. Bank Sohar has placed strong foundations that enable us to maintain our leading positioning in the market.”
Gross loans of the Bank have increased by 13.36% from OMR 1.958 billion as at 31 March 2017 to OMR 2.220 billion as at 31 March 2018. Net loans and advances grew by 13.50% to OMR 2.173 billion as at 31 March 2018 from OMR 1.915 billion as at 31 March 2017. Total assets also grew by 12.40% from OMR 2.602 billion as at 31 March 2017 to OMR 2.92 4billion as at 31 March 2018.
The Bank’s market share of private sector credit was 10.19% as at 28 February 2018 compared to 9.67% as at 31 March 2017, while its share of private sector deposits was 8.30% as at 28 February 2018 compared to 9.32% as at 31 March 2017. Customer deposits declined marginally by 1.56% to OMR 1.656 billion as at 31 March 2018 compared to OMR 1.682 billion as at 31 March 2017 which was as a result of the bank raising USD 500 million or OMR 192 million from syndicated borrowings.
Mr. Sasi Kumar, Acting CEO of Bank Sohar, commented, “These results reflect the high level of trust our customers have for us, and we will continue the year 2018 with commitment to enhance further on our strategies geared towards customer centricity and digitization, providing superior banking experience to meet our customers’ expectations and financial needs. I would also like to thank our chairman, board members and each and every member of our Bank Sohar family for their contribution in this success.”
Bank Sohar concluded the first quarter on a high note following on from the successes of 2017, with notable achievements focused on enhancing customer centricity, digitization, portfolio diversification, and market innovation. With a reiterated commitment for year 2018 under the slogan the ‘Year of You’, the bank will continue delivering banking excellence among its products and services.
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