CIMB Niaga Syariah reports 165.5 percent rise in profit

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - CIMB Niaga Syariah, the sharia unit of PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk recorded a 165.5 percent increase in its net profit to Rp305.43 billion in 2016 from Rp115.03 billion in the previous year.

Director of the sharia unit of CIMB Pandji P. Djajanegara attributed the surge in profit to 40.2 percent rise in sharia financing to Rp10.21 trillion in 2016 from Rp7.28 trillion in 2015.

"An increase was recorded in all business segments," Pandji said here on Monday.

He said the non performing financing (NPF) of the sharia unit of the bank dropped to 1.15 percent from 1.86 percent despite the surge in financing.

"The performance of the sharia unit was in line with the management adoption of prudential banking principle while expanding its financing portfolio," he said.

In 2017, apart from expanding consumer financing, CIMB Niaga Syariah wanted to increase financing of business segment including corporation, micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM) and commercial financing, he said.

He said the sharia business is expected to account for 10 percent of the credits to be provided by PT. CIMB Niaga Tbk.

The third party fund held by CIMB Niaga Syariah rose 40.2 percent to Rp10.63 trillion in 2016 from Rp7.58 trillion in 2015.

Pandji attributed the increase in the third party fund partly to the status of the unit as a recipient of hajj pilgrimage payments including regular hajj and special hajj pilgrimage.

CIMB Niaga Syariah has a product of hajj saving that includes hajj plan saving, and hajj pahala (merit) saving and iB Mapan Wakaf saving.

With the financing and the third party funds , the assets of CIMB Niaga Syariah rose 40.34 percent to Rp12.78 trillion in 2016 from Rp9.11 trillion in 2015.

The sharia unit contributed 5.45 percent to the total assets of Bank CIMB Niaga in 2016 , up from 3.90 percent in 2015.

PT CIMB Niaga is the countrys fifth largest bank in assets controlled by the CIMB Group of Malaysia.(*)