MUMBAI, July 18 (Reuters) - Indian private-sector lender
Axis Bank expects its net interest margins (NIM) to
slip in the current financial year, from 3.86 percent in the
June quarter, a senior executive told reporters on Thursday.
NIM, a key gauge of profitability for banks, is likely to
remain in the 3.25-3.50 percent range in fiscal year 2014,
Executive Director Somnath Sengupta said on a conference call.
The bank's asset quality is expected to be stable, he said.
Axis has significant exposure to troubled infrastructure
projects as well as to mid-size companies facing cash-flow
problems. Exposure to infrastructure and power sectors was about
13 percent of its total loan book at the end of March, according
to its annual report.
Earlier, the bank beat market estimates to post a 22.5
percent increase in quarterly net profit in June quarter, and
only a marginal increase in bad loans cheered investors.
(Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Sunil Nair)