Muscat, Bank Muscat posted net profit of RO

179.63 million for the year ended 31 December 2018 compared to RO

176.82 million reported during the same period in 2017, an increase of

1.6 per cent.

The bank announced its unaudited preliminary results for 2018,

subject to approval of external auditors, Board of Directors, Central

Bank of Oman and shareholders of the bank.

The key highlights of the results for the period are as follows: Net

Interest Income from Conventional Banking and Income from Islamic

Financing stood at RO 304.29 million for the year 2018 compared to

RO 281.35 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of 8.2 per

cent.

Non-interest income at RO 142.45 million was lower by 7.9 per cent

compared to RO 154.62 million for the year ended 31 December 2017.

Income in 2017 includes one-off investment gain of RO 12.8 million

on sale of certain investments.

Operating expenses for the year ended 31 December 2018 at RO

190.34 million was higher by 3.4 per cent as compared to RO 184.08

million for the same period in 2017.

Net Impairment and other losses for the year ended 31 December

2018 was at RO 42.54 million as against RO 43.28 million for the same

period in 2017.

Net Loans and advances, including Islamic financing receivables,

increased by 7.3 per cent to RO 8,938 million as against RO 8,329

million as at 31 December 2017.

Customer deposits, including Islamic Customer deposits, increased

by 14.1 per cent to RO 8,463 million as against RO 7,419 million as at

31 December 2017. The main reason for substantial increase in

customer deposits in the last quarter of 2018, was due to an increase

in short term deposits which are transit in nature.

Source: Oman News Agency