Credit Agricole 3Q Net Profit Falls but Beats Expectations

By Pietro Lombardi Features Dow Jones Newswires

Credit Agricole SA (ACA.FR) said Wednesday that its third-quarter net profit recorded a double-digit fall on year, which had been expected because of a tough comparable during the same period in 2016.

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The French lender said net profit declined 43% to 1.07 billion euros ($1.24 billion) compared with the same period a year earlier, when it booked a gain of almost EUR1.3 billion after selling its 25% holding in the group's regional banks.

Analysts had expected the Paris-based lender, France's second-largest listed bank by assets, to post a net profit of EUR993 million for the quarter.

Underlying net profit, which strips out one-off items, was down 5.2% year-on-year, the lender said.

The bank said the fall is partly due to the "return to a more normal effective tax rate, which rose from 16.6% in the third quarter 2016 to 27.0% in the third quarter 2017." The underlying tax charge rose 85.7% year-on-year to EUR364 million.

Revenue rose 22% to EUR4.58 billion. On an underlying base, revenue grew by 3.5%.

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Credit Agricole's core tier one ratio, a key measure of capital strength, was 12% as of September.

Write to Pietro Lombardi at pietro.lombardi@dowjones.com

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November 08, 2017 01:48 ET (06:48 GMT)