Qatar National Bank S.A.Q (QNB Group) was established in 1964 as the country’s first Qatari-owned commercial bank, with an ownership structure split between the Qatar Investment Authority (50%) and (50%) held by members of the public.QNB Group has steadily grown to be the biggest bank in Qatar and a leading financial institution in the Middle East and Africa region.
For the three months ended 31 March 2016, the Group recorded a net profit of QAR2.9 billion (USD787 million), up by 7% compared to the same period last year. Total assets increased by 10% from March 2015 to reach QAR550 billion (USD151.1 billion), the highest ever achieved by the Group. This was driven by a growth rate of 16% in loans and advances to reach QAR402 billion (USD110.4 billion).
QNB Group continues its robust international expansion, in December 2015, QNB Group entered into a definitive agreement with the National Bank of Greece for the acquisition of its entire stake comprising 99.81% in Finansbank A.Ş (Finansbank) in Turkey. QNB expects to finalise the transaction during the first half of 2016.In March 2015, QNB Group officially started operating its “Qatar National Bank S.A.Q-. Chi Minh City Representative Office” in Vietnam.During the second half of 2015, QNB received approval from the Saudi cabinet to open a branch in the Kingdom, this process has commenced.In March 2016, the Group also commenced operations in Myanmar through a representative office.
QNB owns a 20.0% stake (both ordinary and QNB convertible preference shares) in Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (Ecobank), the leading pan-African bank. In 2013, the Group successfully completed the acquisition of a controlling stake of the second largest private bank in Egypt, QNB ALAHLI (QNBAA), amounting to 97.12%. The Group has also extended its regional reach by acquiring stakes in various financial institutions including 35% stake in the Jordan-based, the Housing Bank for Trade and Finance (HBTF), 40% in Commercial Bank International (CBI) based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 99.96% of QNB Tunisia, 51% in the Iraqi-based Al-Mansour Investment Bank, 49% of the Libyan based Bank of Commerce & Development and 20% stake in Al Jazeera Finance Company in Doha. QNB Group also retains 51% stake in QNB-Syria and an 82.59% stake in QNB Indonesia (previously known as QNB Kesawan).