FirstBank Reports 56% Growth In Profit For The Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 Bo N49.5 billion

Dr. Adesola Adeduntan CEO FirstBank
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FBN Holdings Plc, the parent company of FirstBank Limited, today announces its unaudited results for the six months ended June 30, 2020.

Income Statement

  • Gross earnings of ₦296.4 billion, up 5.8% year-on-year (y-o-y) (Jun 2019: ₦280.3 billion[1])
  • Net-interest income of ₦131.3 billion, down 7.4% y-o-y (Jun 2019: ₦141.7 billion1)
  • Non-interest income of ₦80.1 billion, up 46.8% y-o-y (Jun 2019: ₦54.6 billion1)
  • Operating income of ₦211.4 billion, up 7.7% y-o-y (Jun 2019: ₦196.3 billion1)
  • Impairment charge for credit losses of ₦30.7 billion, up 38.6% y-o-y (Jun 2019: ₦22.1 billion)
  • Operating expenses of ₦139.2 billion, up 0.9% y-o-y (Jun 2019: ₦137.9 billion1)
  • Profit before tax of ₦41.4 billion, up 14.3% y-o-y (Jun 2019: ₦36.2 billion1)
  • Profit after tax[2] of ₦49.5 billion, up 56.3% y-o-y (Jun 2019: ₦31.6 billion1)

Statement of Financial Position

  • Total assets of ₦7.1 trillion, up 14.9% year-to-date (y-t-d) (Dec 2019: ₦6.2 trillion)
  • Customer deposits of ₦4.4 trillion, up 8.8% y-t-d (Dec 2019: ₦4.0 trillion)
  • Customer loans and advances (net) of ₦2.0 trillion, up 7.7% y-t-d (Dec 2019: ₦1.9 trillion)

Key Ratio

  • Post-tax return on average equity 14.5% (Jun 2019: 11.6%)
  • Post-tax return on average assets 1.5% (Jun 2019: 1.1%)
  • Net-interest margin 6.8% (Jun 2019: 7.5%)
  • Cost to income ratio 65.8% (Jun 2019: 70.3%1)
  • NPL ratio 8.8% (Dec 2019: 9.9%)
  • 5% Basel 2 Capital Adequacy Ratio (FirstBank Nigeria: Dec 2019: 15.5%)
  • 2% Basel 2 CAR (FBNQuest Merchant Bank) (Dec 2019: 17.1%)

Commenting on the results, UK Eke, the Group Managing Director of FBNHoldings said:

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“The H1 2020 financial results are impressive and reconfirm our consistent focus on enhanced shareholder value. Despite the difficult operating environment, the H1 results demonstrate our resilience and capacity to deliver on long-term ambitions.

“The 56.3% y-o-y growth in profit after tax for the period is a testament to the strength of our organization to continually deliver exceptional services to our customers in these unprecedented times. We have been able to achieve this feat by leveraging our agent banking network, innovative e-banking capabilities, and operational efficiency utilizing technology.

“During the quarter, we successfully divested from the underwriting (insurance) businesses to focus on our banking operations. We are confident this will enhance greater value to our stakeholders and strengthen the Group’s resolve to consolidate its leadership of the banking sector. Following the divestment, FBNHoldings injected Tier 1 capital into FirstBank, effectively increasing its CAR to 16.5%. This provides a comfortable buffer against regulatory requirements with the potential to support any emerging business opportunities.

“Looking ahead, we remain cautious, but we are confident that our business is fundamentally strong to withstand any future challenge towards enhanced performance”.

Commenting on the results Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, the Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank and its subsidiaries said:

Over the period, the commercial banking group increased its y-o-y growth in gross earnings and profit before tax by 6.1% and 9.2% respectively, despite the economic shutdown during the quarter and varying degrees of challenges in the operating environment. Notwithstanding, we have continued to provide services to our customers with minimal disruption in a safe environment, supported by seamless transactions through our increasing agent banking network and digital platforms (FirstMobile and USSD). Furthermore, continuous focus on operational efficiency remains a priority, as improvement in non-performing loan ratio has further been sustained.

“As the economy reopens gradually, in Nigeria and other key markets as in the rest of the world, we are adopting a pragmatic approach with optimism on propelling our performance for enhanced profitability through customer-led innovation and disciplined execution.”

 

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