Kochi, May 13 : Kerala based ESAF Small Finance Bank Limited has recorded a whopping 234 per cent increase in its net profit for the Financial Year 2018-19, in its second year of operation as a bank, largely led by its higher interest income and efficient NPA Management.
According to the audited results for the year ending on March 31, 2019, the net profit stood at Rs 90.28 crore against Rs 26.99 crore in the previous year, a release said here on Monday.
Commenting on the results, Mr K Paul Thomas, Managing Director and CEO of ESAF Small Finance Bank, said the highly encouraging results showed the growing confidence in the bank.
“Despite a slow-down in internal consumptions, declining investments and changing macro situations, we were able to improve upon our own benchmarks of performance. The higher asset quality and higher interest returns contributed to the growth of bottom lines. It also indicates the growth aspirations in the Rural India, prompting us to further expand our reach especially in the unbanked sections and geographies. The total branch network will cross the 500 mark by 2020”, he said.
ESAF SFB, the only Kerala-based institution to get banking license since the Independence, has 424 banking outlets and 213 ATMs across 14 states with a client base of 3.3 million. Bank has a capital base of Rs 893 crore and employees more than 2,000 people.
ESAF Small Finance Bank was incorporated on May 05, 2016 and started operations on March 10, 2017, the release said.
The bank has solid presence in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Pondicherry, New Delhi, Odisha, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand.
As part of the expansion, the bank is focusing on Uttar Pradesh and North East states.
ESAF Small Finance Bank provides all modern banking related services such as ATM, Safe Deposit Locker, debit card, internet banking, mobile banking, SMS banking, RTGS, NEFT, CTS, NRI Banking Services etc. to its customers. Besides, the bank also offers door step services, Skype facility and Hridaya Deposit Scheme to its customers, the release added.