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Malaysia's Maybank's Q3 profit up 18 pct, net interest income at record

Maybank Singapore on Monday opened its first branch in Punggol, as part of its strategy to attract young families to bank with it. Maybank said it expects its customer base in the Punggol and Sengkang area to double in four years' time.

[KUALA LUMPUR] Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) reported an 18 per cent rise in quarterly net profit as Malaysia's largest lender by assets benefited from the sale of its Papua New Guinea operations.

Profit for July-September rose to 1.90 billion ringgit (S$631.7 million) from 1.61 billion ringgit a year earlier, Maybank said. Net interest income rose to a record 2.9 billion ringgit, while revenue climbed 27.4 per cent to 11.38 billion ringgit. "Given the expected headwinds that will remain in the coming year, we will also re-double our efforts to raise operational and capital efficiencies, as well as leverage growth opportunities throughout this region," Abdul Farid Alias, Maybank's group CEO said in a statement.

Maybank, which is also Southeast Asia's fourth-biggest bank, faces a challenging environment this year as economic growth slows and currencies depreciate. At home, the lender expects private consumption growth to weaken due to the implementation of a goods and services tax (GST) in April and high household leverage.

This week, smaller rival CIMB Group Holdings Bhd reported a 9.7 per cent decline in quarterly net profit.

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