Singapore’s DBS, Southeast Asia’s biggest lender, posted on Friday a 10 per cent rise in second-quarter net profit, helped by strong loan growth and a drop in bad debt charges.
The bank warned that it expects a little pressure on interest margins especially in China and sees some headwinds ahead for loan growth despite a healthy credit pipeline.
DBS made a net profit of S$810 million (US$651 million) for April-June against a net profit of S$735 million a year ago.
That compared with an average forecast of S$795 million, according to six analysts surveyed by Reuters.
Analysts are expecting the bank to begin a formal regulatory application process for its planned S$7.2 billion acquisition of Indonesia’s Bank Danamon after Indonesia came up with new rules to restrict ownership of banks, but allowed some exceptions.