Brazil’s Itau Unibanco first-quarter net profit up 14.6%

Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ITUB4.SA), Brazil’s biggest private bank, reported first-quarter recurring net profit of 8.435 billion reais ($1.7 billion) on Monday, a 14.6% year-on-year rise despite higher provisions for bad loans.

The recurring net income figure, which excludes one-off items, was broadly in line with expectations of 8.42 billion reais in a Refinitiv poll of analysts.

Itau said in a securities filing the result was driven by the “positive effect” of a higher loan portfolio, which coupled with a “gradual change in the mix to loans with better spreads” led to a 20% rise in its financial margin with clients.

Via Reuters

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