Citibank Korea Q1 net falls on reduced retail banking services

SEOUL-- Citibank Korea Inc., the South Korean unit of Citigroup Inc., said Friday its net profit for the first quarter of this year decreased as the lender is gradually reducing its retail banking services.

Citibank Korea posted a net profit of 40.1 billion won (US$31.2 million) for the January-March quarter, down 16.8 percent from a year earlier, according to the bank's regulatory filing.

Its net interest income climbed 0.2 percent on-month to 204.7 billion won over the cited period.

Citibank Korea said its profit shrank despite the rises in interest rates, as its gradual shutdown of retail banking services partially decreased interest income.

During the quarter, its non-interest profit dropped 54.6 percent to 38.9 billion won, primarily as its bond- and foreign currency-linked derivatives performed weakly amid uncertainties from tightening of the U.S. monetary policies.

Citibank Korea's non-performing loan ratio fell 0.07 percentage point to 0.51 percent, according to the statement.

Source: Yonhap News Agency