By Chester Tay
Malayan Banking Bhd.'s fourth-quarter net profit grew 5.3%, driven by higher investment income and net earned insurance premiums.
The lender, Malaysia's largest by assets, said net profit rose to 2.45 billion ringgit ($579.8 million) from the same quarter a year earlier.
Net interest income declined 0.8% to MYR3.08 billion.
The bank declared a dividend of MYR0.39 a share.
Full-year 2019 net profit grew 1.1% to MYR8.20 billion, while net interest income increased 0.2% to MYR12.10 billion.
Due to low global growth, the banking group said it will maintain cost discipline and engage with customers on asset-quality management.
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