Bank Pekao SA (PEO.WA), Poland's second-largest bank by assets, expects its 2012 financial result at last year's level, Chief Executive Luigi Lovaglio told a press conference Thursday.
Net profit at the UniCredit Spa (>> UniCredit SpA) unit rose 15% on the year in 2011 to 2.9 billion zloty ($887 million).
Results for each of the remaining three quarters of this year won't be worse than in the first quarter, Lovaglio also said. Pekao said earlier Thursday its net profit rose 9.6% to PLN710.6 million, beating market expectations.
Lovaglio added Pekao hopes to grow faster than the market, and that the sales target of PLN10 billion for new loans this year looked realistic.
-By Patryk Wasilewski and Marcin Sobczyk, Dow Jones Newswires; +48 22 447 2432; firstname.lastname@example.org