Turkey’s Akbank says got through tough year with flying colours

By Andrei Skvarsky.

Akbank, one of the biggest Turkish lenders, has reported robust performance for 2013 with its total assets growing 20% despite capital outflows from emerging markets and abysmally low interest rates in many countries, including Turkey.

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The total assets of the Istanbul-based firm, which The Banker, Euromoney, World Finance, and Global Banking & Finance Review magazines have declared last year’s best Turkish bank, exceeded 195bn Turkish lira ($88bn) in 2013, growing by about 20% during the year, an Akbank statement cited its chief executive, Hakan Binbasgil, as saying.

The bank made a net consolidated profit of 3.08bn lira ($1.4bn) last year.

Its loans to the Turkish economy totalled 148bn lira ($67bn), an annual increase of 33%, its loans to real sector businesses went up 31% to about 77bn lira ($35bn), and its consumer loans increased to about 28bn lira ($13bn).

“Our non-performing loan ratio of 1.4 percent is among the lowest in the Turkish banking sector,” Binbasgil said.

Deposits at Akbank swelled by 24% in 2013, a year in which the institution completed the first-ever lira-denominated Eurobond issuance.

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