The company had posted a net profit of Rs 243.05 crore in the year-ago period. "Our net profit rose 28 percent to Rs 310.07 crore, driven by a 28 percent rise in net interest income, which touched Rs 453 crore from Rs 354 crore a year ago," LIC Housing Finance managing director and chief executive VK Sharma said in Mumbai on Wednesday evening.

"In a very challenging business environment, we have been able to maintain good asset quality and improved profitability. For the full year, we expect loan book growth at around 20 percent with some improvement in margins."

Net interest margin, the key profitability indicator, for the second quarter stood at 2.22 percent as against 2.10 percent a year ago. Total income rose 22 percent to Rs 2,247 crore, boosted by individual loan portfolio which rose to Rs 80,704 crore, up 21 percent over last year, Sharma said.

Outstanding loan portfolio rose 23 percent to Rs 83,216 crore from Rs 69,119 crore, he said, adding that total income rose 24 percent to Rs 2,302 crore from Rs 1,862 crore. The mortgage arm of financial behemoth LIC had a better show on the bad assets front with individual loan book recording a marginal dip in gross NPAs to 0.46 percent from 0.61 and developer loan book showing no new slippages.

Total gross NPAs marginally trended up to 0.73 percent for the quarter from 0.60 percent a year ago, while the total net NPA rose to 0.44 from 0.28 percent a year ago. During the quarter, the company disbursed a total of Rs 5,947 crore loans as against Rs 5,838 crore a year ago. Disbursements in the developer loan segment more than doubled to Rs 265 crore from Rs 121 crore a year ago.


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