Jordan’s largest lender, Arab Bank Group, said 2018 net profit jumped 54% to $820.5mn after transferring $325mn in surplus provisions it had put aside after the bank settled a major legal case.
Operational profit rose 8%, the bank said in a statement yesterday.
Total deposits rose to $34.3bn compared with $33.8bn in the same period the previous year.
A US appeals court last year threw out a 2014 jury verdict finding Arab Bank liable for knowingly supporting attacks in Israel linked to Hamas, a decision that triggered a settlement agreement with hundreds of plaintiffs.
The ruling ended more than 13 years of litigation over Arab Bank’s liability for 24 attacks in and around Israel in the early 2000s.
The lender disputed the claims.
CEO Nemeh Sabbagh said with the case now finalised the bank was able to transfer $325mn in surplus provisions held for the case to its 2018 profits.
The bank also said that it put aside $225mn in provisions for investments in Turkey due to currency depreciation.
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