Reports Profit before Tax of ?215.6 Billion
Guaranty Trust Bank plc has released its audited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018 to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges.
A review of the results shows positive performance across all financial metrics and improved strategic positioning of the brand. Gross earnings for the year grew by 3.7% to ?434.7billion from ?419.2billion reported in the December 2017. Profit before tax stood at ?215.6billion, representing a growth of 9.1% over ?197.7billion* recorded in the corresponding year ended December 2017. The Bank’s customer deposits increased by 10.3% to ?2.274trillion from ?2.062trillion in December 2017, however, loan book dipped by 12.9% from ?1.449trillion recorded as at December 2017 to ?1.262trillion in December 2018.
In view of the above, the Bank closed the 2018 financial year with Total Assets of ?3.287trillion and Shareholders’ Funds of ?575.6Billion. In terms of Assets quality, NPL ratio and Cost of Risk improved to 7.3% and 0.3% in December 2018 from 7.7% and 0.8% in December 2017 respectively. In addition, coverage ratio for NPL stood at 105.1% and Capital adequacy ratio remained very strong, closing at 23.4% despite the implementation of IFRS 9. On the backdrop of this result, Post Tax Return on Equity (ROAE) and Return on Assets (ROAA) closed at 30.9% and 5.6% respectively. The Bank is proposing final dividend of ?2.45k per unit of ordinary share held by shareholders in addition to interim dividend of 30k per unit of ordinary share bringing total dividend for 2018 financial year to ?2.75k per unit of ordinary share.
Commenting on the financial results, the Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr Segun Agbaje, said; “In 2018, our focus on staying nimble, strengthening customer relationships and driving our digital-first strategy paid off. We successfully navigated the pressures of our challenging and radically changing business environment, recorded growth across key financial indices and reaffirmed our position as one of the best performing and well managed financial institutions in Africa.
He further stated that; ‘This result reflects, not just the fundamental strength of our brand, but also our commitment to our values of excellence, creating value for all stakeholders and putting our customers first in everything that we do. Driven by these values, we are building the bank of the future by pairing the best of our business with the massive potential of digital technologies to create Africa’s first integrated and trusted platform; Habari.
GTBank has continued to report the best financial ratios in terms of profitability, efficiency and capital for a Financial Institution in Nigeria as revealed by its return on equity (ROAE) of 30.9%, cost to income ratio of 37.1% and capital adequacy of 23.4%. These ratios are a testament to the efficient management of the Bank. In recognition of the Bank’s bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service delivery and innovation, GTBank has been a recipient of numerous awards over the years. Some of the Bank’s awards in 2018 include Bank of the Year – Nigeria from the Banker Magazine, Best Banking Group and Best Retail Bank Nigeria from World Finance Magazine, Most Innovative Bank from the African Investor, and Best Digital Banking Brand in Nigeria from the Global Brands Magazine.
Zenith Bank Emerges First Nigerian Bank To Repeatedly Audit Its Carbon Emissions
Zenith Bank Plc was presented with a Certificate for Greenhouse Gas Auditing by V4 Advisors after a successful completion of the Bank’s Greenhouse Gas Audit for the 2018 Financial Year. The presentation of the certificate and the report of the Auditors was done by V4 Advisors at the Zenith Bank Head Office on May 21, 2019.
The Executive Director, Dr. Temitope Fasoranti, who received the certificate on behalf of the Bank said the Bank started this effort with the 2016 Financial Year and has carried out three greenhouse gas audits to date. He explained that the Bank understands the relationship between greenhouse gas emission and climate change and appreciates the role it is expected to play towards combating the menace of climate change.
Also speaking on the milestone, the Country Manager, Lynsey Elston highlighted that Zenith Bank is the first Nigerian bank to consecutively report the carbon emissions of their Head Office in Lagos using a certified tool which is built on the internationally recognized “GHG Protocol”.
She commended the bank for proving its commitment to United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Goal 13, Climate Action, in addition to complying with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards.” In response to her, the Executive Director said the initiative has significantly helped the bank reduce its overall carbon footprints and drive energy efficiency.
V4 Advisors is a UAE-based provider of advisory and consulting solutions on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. The firm’s calculation and reporting tool has been reviewed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) for conformance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard.
Access Bank Threatens to Publish Names of Debtors in Newspapers
The management of Access Bank Plc has given all its delinquent debtors two weeks to pay up their due obligations, emphasising that failure to adhere to this directive would come with severe consequences.
In a publication today on Punch Newspapers, the lender said this warning also goes to debtors of the defunct Diamond Bank Plc.
Business Post reports that in March 2019, Access Bank and Diamond Bank officially merged together to become an enlarged banking entity.
In the notice seen by Business Post, the financial institution warned that if after the two weeks grace period the “incorrigible debtors” fail to comply with this directive, it would be forced to publish their “names in newspapers.”
The bank said “all debtors will be sanctioned by the CBN and banned from participating in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange and Securities Exchange Markets, and registered on the Credit Risk Management Systems (CRMS) Bureau as bad debtors making them, their directors and related entities illegible for any credit in the Nigerian Financial Markets.”
Access Bank said it was determined to take further actions “against such delinquent individuals and companies as we may consider necessary and shall relentlessly pursue full recovery of all our debts.”
Below is the full statement signed by the management of Access Bank Plc.
Please be informed that Access Bank Plc is set to publish the list of all its delinquent debtors, associated persons, directors and entities. This is in line with the directive from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
All Access Bank Plc (including former Diamond Bank Plc) debtors are directed to pay up their due obligations in order to avoid punitive actions being taken against them. Please note that we shall publish out debtors’ names in newspapers in two weeks.
Similarly, in the event that these obligations are not fulfilled, we shall take such further actions against such delinquent individuals and companies as we may consider necessary and shall relentlessly pursue full recovery of all our debts.
Furthermore, all debtors will be sanctioned by the CBN and banned from participating in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange and Securities Exchange Markets, and registered on the Credit Risk Management Systems (CRMS) Bureau as bad debtors making them, their directors and related entities illegible for any credit in the Nigerian Financial Markets.
For incorrigible debtors, who continue to pose a risk to our system, we will use all means available and collaborate with our colleagues in the industry to ensure that they are excommunicated from the banking system.
Consequently, we hereby advise all out delinquent debtors to take this publication seriously and ensure that all debts are settled promptly.
Glo Extends Lead In New Data Subscriptions With 1 Million More Users
Digital transformation leader, Globacom, has maintained its position as the preferred data service provider in the country with an addition of nearly one million new subscribers in March, 2019.
According to the Internet Subscriber Data for March 2019 published on the website of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Globacom gained the most with 950,115 new internet users. The gain took its internet subscription in March to 28,436,386 from 27,486,271 recorded in February, 2019.
The data also showed that MTN and Airtel recorded gains in March. While Airtel added 351,657 new internet users in the month under review, MTN recorded a marginal increase of 13,552 subscribers.
On the other hand, 9mobile continued to record losses in its internet subscriber base as it lost 166,542 users in March.
NCC’s data showed that overall internet users in Nigeria increased to 115,938,225 in March from 114,725,357 recorded in February. This indicates an increase of 1,212,868 new subscribers in one month, with Globacom alone having over 78% of the growth.
The apparent preference for Globacom by new internet subscribers is believed to be the result of the network’s continued improvement in its data services. The company has the widest 4G LTE coverage in the country, and the technology ensures more reliable and faster internet usage experience. Globacom also has the most attractive data plans in the market, with packages that appeal to both high and low data users.
On Monday, 21st May, 2019, the company announced the introduction of Glo Daily Data Splash 300, which offers subscribers the most affordable rate for a daily subscription in the country’s telecoms market. The new plan offers a whopping 1 Gigabyte of data for just N300, as against the closest package of N350 per 1GB offered in the market. It also addresses the concerns of subscribers who desire access to reliable internet service at a very convenient rate.
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