Trade Bank of Iraq continues strong annual growth

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Faisal Al Haimus
Faisal Al Haimus



DUBAI — Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) achieved another consecutive year of expansion and growth with an increase in revenues and major growth recorded in key financial areas, according to an audit of the institution’s annual operations by Ernst and Young.

Financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2018 reveal strong results for TBI as a result of year-on improvements across important sectors including net operating income, assets held, customer deposits and income from interest and commissions.

The bank, which was established in 2003 and was recently recognized at the Achievements Forum Milan 2019, recorded a net operating income of $590,623 million, an increase of 20 per cent compared to 2017.

These strong earnings have resulted in TBI being ranked number one for their BIS Capital Ratio in the world by UK’s ‘The Banker’ magazine.

TBI is making great strides towards reaching its strategic goals both in business and in assisting the ongoing reconstruction of Iraq as it continues to define its reputation as a competent institution with access to global financial networks.

The bank’s success in reaching these goals was reflected in the Ernst and Young report, which detailed an impressive 30% increase in funds held in customer accounts, up from $6,872,155 in 2017 to $8,988,633 in 2018.

TBI, who entered Saudi Arabia this year with the opening of its first branch in Riyadh, is working on expanding into China and the GCC, seeking to lift its revenues from retail banking and international operations to 30 per cent by 2022.

The bank plans to open a representative office in China next year and is upgrading its license in Abu Dhabi to an asset management company from a representative office.

TBI’s position as one of Iraq’s major financial institutions was reflected in a 57% increase in funds due from banks and other institutions in 2018, with $7,484,465 due comparing to $4,746,301 the previous year.

Ernst and Young reported that the bank’s direct credit facilities were also boosted in 2018 to the figure of $5,175,252, compared to $5,117,138 in 2017.

Assets held by TBI increased by 8% in 2018 with $21,146,247 compared to 2017’s figure of 19,460,656. Last year also saw TBI register a 26% increase in income received from net interest and commissions, with $550,271 received compared to $433,389 in 2017.

Bank of Iraq, said: “The last 12 months have been a successful time for Trade Bank of Iraq and our ongoing mission to facilitate the reconstruction of Iraq through the provision of high-quality financial products and services.”

“Over the last three years, TBI has been able to support businesses and financial institutions by providing an economic environment that empowered growth and expansion across many sectors “The figures speak for themselves in terms of our financial performance, but growth such as this comes through both an accelerated expansion strategy and prudent risk management.”

Over the last year, TBI has continued to invest in essential infrastructure across its national network. An indicator of its growth can be seen in the number of ATMs which increased to 137, up from 106 in 2017, while the number of employees was boosted by 122, rising from 1,294 in 2017 to 1,416 in 2018.

Faisal added: “While we are happy to celebrate our successes over the last 3 years, we look forward to using these achievements as a launch pad to even greater things in the year ahead as TBI continues to build a better tomorrow for Iraq.” — SG


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