Khaleeji Commercial Bank held its Annual General Meeting for the financial year 2013 on 5th March 2013 at Regency Intercontinental Hotel, which was attended by shareholders, members of the Board of Directors and Shari’a Board; auditors and regulators. During the Meeting, minutes of the previous AGM and audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2012 were reviewed and approved.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Fuad Al Omar, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Khaleeji Commercial Bank, said: "While the regional economic and business environment continues to remain difficult, the Bank made a net profit of BD 751 Thousand for the year in comparison to BD 518 Thousand achieved in 2011. The Bank continued to execute its articulated business model which focuses on expanding its retail and commercial banking business. I am pleased to note that we have achieved considerable progress in accomplishing key milestones in this regard. In 2012 the consumer finance portfolio grew by 108.9% and corporate banking portfolio by 19.2% for an overall commercial Banking growth of 25.3%. Total number of branches increased to seven with the opening of two more branches. The Bank continued to recruit Bahrainis for its expanding business”.
Commenting on the financials of the Bank, Dr. Fuad said that the Bank has focused on expanding and diversifying its business while maintaining conservative liquidity and capital positions. “Capital adequacy ratio of 28.4% (regulatory requirement is 12%) and liquid asset ratio of 19.2% indicate strong financial position with sufficient capacity for growth in future. The Bank continues to improve its profitability with increase in revenue from core operations and control of costs”.
Responding to a question on future plans, Dr. Fuad said that the Bank will continue to aggressively grow its retail and commercial banking business organically while exploring other options. “We are committed to expanding the network of branches and distribution channels to reach a wider and larger number of customers. At the same time, we will also consider other options including acquisition of other entities or asset portfolios as well as alliances with other financial institutions”; he added.
During the AGM, the participants extended appreciation and thanks to the Bank's Board of Directors, senior management and employees for their dedication and hard work.