- Stanbic IBTC Unveils First 24-hour Digital Branch
Stanbic IBTC Bank says it has inaugurated its first self-service digital branch drive optimal financial services in Nigeria.
It said the processes and systems of the branch, located at Maryland Mall, Lagos, were completely digitalised and equipped with tablets, touch screens, electronic banking devices and new digital technologies to enable customers to conduct financial transactions seamlessly while enjoying a delightful banking experience.
The inauguration took place on Wednesday, with the founder of Zinox Technologies Limited, Leo Stan-Eke, declaring the facility ready for business.
Among other facilities available at the branch are automated teller machines, bulk note acceptor, personal teller machine, smart table, self-service kiosk, self-service smart tablets, Internet banking kiosk, and instant debit card issuance machine.
The Chief Executive Officer, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Yinka Sanni, described the digitisation of banking services as the path to the future as consumers increasingly embrace the online world to meet their needs.
He said, “The benefits of digitalisation and innovation are huge for the individual, business or economy. As technology evolves, Stanbic IBTC Bank will keep pace with it to deliver impeccable value to its customers.”
According to him, Stanbic IBTC Bank expects to report further growth in digital branch numbers and innovations as fresh investments are made to deliver on the bank’s long-term goal to build a bank for everyone.
“This milestone is important to us because it fulfils our pledge to leverage on evolving technologies and innovations to deliver convenience and round-the-clock access to financial services to our clientele. It provides a solid platform from which to continue to grow and consolidate our position in the Nigerian market,” Sanni said.
He said as an African institution, the Standard Bank Group, to which Stanbic IBTC belongs, would continue to demonstrate commitment to the development of Nigeria and Africa by supporting critical sectors of the economy and to help highlight investment opportunities therein.
“We will continue to build first-class, on-the-ground banking services in Nigeria, investing in people, branch networks and systems. We are confident that future revenue flows will justify these investments in branch and customer infrastructure.”
Eke, who commended Stanbic IBTC Bank for taking the initiative, noted that the facility was defined by consumer protection, trust and security as the technologies deployed are best-in-class in technological delivery and quality.
“Digital banking is the way of the future, not just for banks but also for the economy,” he added.
The Executive Director, Personal and Business Banking, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Mr. Babatunde Macaulay, described the new branch as the first in a series of digital branches to be established across Nigeria.
He, however, said non-digital consumers would not be left behind as the bank continues to expand its footprint and increase access channels and touchpoints.
“We are always seeking to understand the needs of the entire spectrum of our clientele and by so doing, strive to connect with every market segment so that we can provide the much needed solutions to their financial needs,” he stated.
Julius Berger Plc Pre-tax Profit Decline by 30.7 Percent in Q4, 2020
Julius Berger Plc posted a 30.65 percent decline in pre-tax profit to N5.12 billion for the final quarter of 2020.
In the financial statements released on Tuesday, the leading construction company, reported N74.04 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter, an increase of 2.43 percent when compared to N72.29 billion posted in the same period of 2019.
Julius Berger Key Financial Highlights Q4, 2020
- Nigeria’s revenue expanded by 4.21 percent year-on-year to N72.30 billion.
- While Europe & Asia revenue dipped by 40.07 percent year-on-year to N1.74 billion.
- Similarly, revenue from building works depreciated by 56.37 percent to N10.72 billion.
- However, revenue from civil works rose by 35.38 percent from the corresponding period to N55.8 billion.
- Services added N7.54 billion revenue, representing an increase of 15.84 percent year-on-year.
- Cost of sales grew by 13.19 percent year on year to N60.1 billion.
- Julius Berger recorded other gains/losses of N83.89 million.
- The construction company grew investment income to N142.79 million.
- Finance costs jumped by a whopping 388.99 percent year-on-year to N1.79 billion.
- Earnings Per Share rose by 19.76 percent year on year to N3.94.
Board of UBA Approves Financial Statements, Dividend Payment for 2020
The Board of United Bank for Africa Plc has approved the Group Audited Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements and final dividend for the year ended December 31, 2020.
The bank stated in a statement signed by Bili A. Odum, Group Company Secretary.
It said “Please refer to the announcement dated January 12, 2021 which notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public of the Board Meeting of United Bank for Africa Plc.
“Please be informed that the Board of United Bank for Africa Plc at its meeting which held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 considered and approved the Group Audited Consolidated & Separate Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2020 and payment of a final dividend, subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“Further to the above, kindly be advised that the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the investing public would be immediately notified upon approval of the Group Audited Consolidated & Separate Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2020 by the Central Bank of Nigeria.”
Atlas Mara Denies Receiving Offers to Sell Stake in Union Bank of Nigeria
Atlas Mara Limited, the sub-Saharan African financial services group, on Monday, denied media reports that it has received offers from local banks looking to buy over Union Bank.
The Company said “While it is the Company’s practice to refrain from comment on market rumours or speculation, we believe it is important to note that Atlas Mara has not received any offers from any local Nigerian bank or other bank wishing to acquire the Company’s stake in Union Bank of Nigeria (“UBN”).
“As previously announced to the market in 2019, the Board of the Company has been exploring a wide range of strategic options with the assistance of external advisers. That process is still underway and the Company’s strategic objectives have not changed.”
ThisDay, Premium Times and other leading online publications in Nigeria had claimed Atlas Mara, that own 50 percent stake in Union Bank of Nigeria has started receiving interests from interested local banks. A rumour that has now been debunked.
Also, speaking on the rumours, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc said the lender is not in the process of selling a 50 percent stake as claimed an online publication, Premium Times on January 23, 2021.
Union Bank said, “Please note that the unsubstantiated report is based on mere rumours and speculations.”
“The Nigerian Stock Exchange, other regulatory agencies and members of the public arehereby advised to disregard the publication in its entirety.”
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