May 10, 2018 / 12:01 PM / a year ago

Union Bank of India posts loss in fourth quarter

May 10 (Reuters) - Union Bank of India Ltd on Thursday posted a loss for a third straight quarter, hurt by higher provisions for bad loans.

Net loss for the quarter stood at 25.83 billion rupees ($383.76 million) for the three months ended March 31, compared with a profit of 1.08 billion rupees a year ago, the state-run bank said in a statement. here

Analysts, on average, had expected a net loss of 11.37 billion rupees, Thomson Reuters Eikon data showed.

Gross bad loans as a percentage of total loans rose to 15.73 percent at end-March, compared with 13.03 percent in the preceding quarter and 11.17 percent a year ago. ($1 = 67.3075 Indian rupees) (Reporting by Vishal Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Vyas Mohan)

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