Friday, 1 February 2019

ICICI Bank: Hard Lined Corporate governance yields positive results in third quarter.


There is increasing awareness among Indian investors to invest in companies that follow practices of good corporate governance. And so, the fact that leading private sector bank like ICICI Bank had the fortitude to appoint someone of Justice Srikrishna’s stature to given an unbiased decision speaks volumes about the credibility of its Board.
ICICI Bank Board took a bold decision not only to dismiss her but also clawback of all her bonuses paid from April 2009 until March 2018 - a first in Corporate India and the Bank is showing the way to other boards/corporate Inc. The ICICI Bank has shown great composure following results of the Srikrishna panel and is once again taking the lead in setting a fine example for good corporate governance and safeguarding its investors. Perhaps, Investors have held on the right reasons and their faith has paid dividends considering the positive outcome of the Q3 results.
Some of the highlights from ICICI Bank’s third quarter results are that its Net interest income has increased by 21% year-on-year and its core operating profit has grown by 14% year-on-year to ₹ 5,667 crore. With a banking network of 4867 branches, Current Account and Saving Account (CASA) deposits increased by 15% year-on-year to ₹ 2,99,374 crores. In addition to this, retail loans have grown by 22% year-on-year and the Bank's total income rose to ₹ 20,163.25 crore over the third quarter as compared to ₹ 16,832.22 crore in the same period a year ago, ICICI Bank said in a statement.
Future forecast for ICICI Bank also looks bright according to multinational financial services company Morgan Stanley that sees ongoing improvement in ICICI Bank’s asset quality trends over the next few quarters and expects stronger performance from the bank’s stock in 2019.
Looks like the ICICI Bank has moved on and whatever has happened is good for the shareholders as it has bought renewed optimism within the institution.

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