DIB eyes acquisitions in Asian markets

Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) is anxious to expand but is being held back in part by the unrest dominating the Middle East, according to its CEO Abdulla Al-Hamli. The bank expects to see close to 17 percent growth in net profit this year. DIB shares are up 43 percent so far this year to 2.88 dirhams, giving it a market capitalization of about AED 10.9 billion. After the global credit crisis the bank cut real estate investment to 27 percent of its portfolio from 45 percent in 2008. DIB’s non performing loans peaked at 14.5 percent after the crisis and dropped to 12 percent by the end of 2012. DIB is considering its expansion into Asian markets like Malaysia, Indonesia and India.