KARACHI: Standard Chartered Bank’s pre-tax profit for the first six months of 2014 increased 1% to Rs7.3 billion, according to the bank’s financial results released on Thursday.

With a 9% increase in both revenue and net advances, earnings per share went up to Rs1.22 from Rs1.21 in the corresponding period of 2013.

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The bank’s board of directors has also declared an interim cash dividend of 7.5%, or Re0.75 per share, for the half year ending June 30. The overall administrative expenses increased by 6% during January-June. The in-country administrative cost has increased 2%, which is substantially lower than the current rate of inflation in the economy.

Net advances increased by Rs12 billion during the period under review mainly because of a pickup in lending. The deposit momentum continued with a growth rate of over 5% since the start of 2014. The continuous increase in low-cost deposits has supported the bank’s performance, with current and savings accounts now comprising over 92% of the deposits base.

Commenting on the results, acting Chief Executive Officer Najam Siddiqi said the bank’s balance sheet remains a source of competitive advantage with a focus on diversity, high levels of liquidity and a strong capital position.

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