BRIEF-Bank of China says FY net profit RMB 164.58 bln

March 31 (Reuters) - Bank Of China Ltd

* fy net profit rmb 164,578 million versus rmb 170,845

million a year ago

* in 2016, group achieved a net interest income of

rmb306.048 billion, a decrease of rmb22.602 billion or 6.88%

* as at dec 31, capital adequacy ratio was 14.28 percent

versus 14.06 percent a year ago

* in 2016, group's net interest margin was 1.83%, a decrease

of 29 basis points compared with prior year

* as at dec 31, npl ratio was 1.46 percent versus 1.43

percent a year ago

* board of directors has recommended a final dividend on

ordinary shares for 2016 of rmb0.168 per share (before tax)

* Bank of china ltd - domestic and international economic

situation will remain complicated in 2017

* china's economy is in a critical transition period,

shifting from old to new growth drivers and experiencing

structural challenges.

* "bank will endeavour to achieve stable and moderate credit

growth and rmb loan of its domestic operations is expected to

increase by 10% in 2017."

* "bank will also maintain deposit business as a core

business, in a bid to provide stable sources of funding for

development of its asset business."

* "bank will seek progress in mitigation of npas while

maintaining stable asset quality"

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