Net income dropped to 39.4 million lei ($10.5 million) from 322.6 million lei a year earlier, the bank said in a regulatory statement today. Bad-loan costs grew 61 percent to 715 million lei in the first half.
“The net income in the first half was affected by a higher net risk cost,” the Bucharest-based bank said.
Romanian banks, which posted a second consecutive year of combined losses in 2011, have been struggling since 2009 to cut rising bad-loan costs as a second recession in three years in the Balkan country made it difficult for citizens and companies to repay loans.
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