Net income applicable to common shareholders rose to $4.98 billion, or $2.15 per share, in the three months ended Dec. 31, from $4.31 billion, or $1.64 per share, a year earlier.
Excluding the impact of a tax benefit, the bank earned $1.90 per share.
Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.84 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. It was not immediately clear if the reported numbers were comparable with the consensus estimate.
Reporting by C Nivedita in Bengaluru and Imani Moise and Sweta Singh in New York; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila