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Bank of India Q1 net profit falls 84%, bad loans zoom

Net profit fell to Rs 130 crore ($20.3 million) for its fiscal first quarter to June 30, from Rs 806 crore reported a year earlier, the Mumbai-based lender said.

Bank of India, the nation's third-biggest state-run lender by assets, reported a sharply bigger-than-expected 84 per cent fall in quarterly profit as bad loans surged.

Net profit fell to Rs 130 crore ($20.3 million) for its fiscal first quarter to June 30, from Rs 806 crore reported a year earlier, the Mumbai-based lender said. Analysts on average had expected a net profit of Rs 331 crore, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.

Gross bad loans as a percentage of total loans rose to 6.8 per cent in the June quarter from 5.39 per cent in the previous three months and 3.28 per cent a year earlier.

($1 = Rs 64.0200)

(Reuters)