Bengaluru: Federal Bank Ltd posted a 26% rise in its third-quarter net profit, helped by higher interest income, but missed analysts’ estimates by a small margin.

Net profit rose to Rs260 crore ($40.99 million) in the quarter ended 31 December from Rs206 crore a year earlier, the lender said on Monday.

Analysts on average had expected a net profit of Rs263 crore, Thomson Reuters Eikon data showed.

Gross bad loans as a percentage of total loans stood at 2.52% at the end of December, compared with 2.39% at end-September.