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Abanka Group profit down 32% in first half of 2019 (adds)

Ljubljana, 04 September (STA) - Abanka Group generated EUR 26.3 million in net profit in the first six months of the year, according to unaudited report, which is 32.3% less than in the same period last year. Net interest revenue was down by 0.5% and net non-interest income by 19.5%, Abanka said on Wednesday.

Net interest reached EUR 29.8 million and net non-interest income stood at EUR 27.3 million, according to a report published on the web site of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange.

The bank's supervisory board got acquainted with the results on Tuesday.

The total assets of the group, which includes the Abanka bank and real estate company Anepremičnine, amounted to EUR 3.76 billion at the end of June, after standing at EUR 3.73 billion at the end of December.

Anepremičnine contributed EUR 17.4 million or 0.5% to the group's consolidated total assets.

Abanka posted a net profit of EUR 26.2 million in the January-June period, down 35.2% from the same period last year. Its market share reached 9.4% at the end of June.

Net interest was up by around 1% to EUR 29.8 million, while net non-interest income dropped by a quarter to EUR 26.2 million.

The bank said the rise in net interest was due to higher interest income from loans to non-banking clients.

Abanka's cancelled provisions and impairments reached EUR 5.5 million net after topping EUR 13.4 million in the same period last year.

Loans to the non-banking sector reached EUR 2.05 billion at the end of June, which is up EUR 86 million compared to the end of 2018. Loans to legal entities and sole traders increased by EUR 61.9 million and loans to individuals by EUR 24.1 million.

The biggest share of loans, 45.5%, were to individuals, followed by big companies (25.2%) and small and medium sized companies (17.1%).

The state has been Abanka's sole owner since a massive bank bailout at the end of 2013 which also saw the state salvaging NLB, NKBM and Banka Celje. The latter was merged with Abanka in 2014.

In June, a contract was signed on the sale of Abanka, Slovenia's third largest bank, to NKBM bank. The transaction is to be completed by the end of the year.

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