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GTBank Declares N109.7bn Profit, 30 Kobo Dividend in H1 2020




GTBank Declares 30 Kobo Dividend in H1 2020, Posts N109.7bn Profit

Guaranty Trust Bank Plc posted interest income of N127.615 billion in the six months ended June 30, 2020, against the N116.361 billion posted in the same period of 2019.

In the financial statement published on the Nigerian Stock Exchange website, the lender realised fee and commission income of N24.729 billion but incurred fee and commission expense of N2.435 billion in the period under review. This is in contrast to the N35.349 billion fee and commission income and N1.505 billion incurred in expense in the corresponding period of 2019.

Accordingly, GTBank posted a net fee and commission of N22.293 billion in the first half of 2020, down from N33.843 billion achieved in H1 2019.

The bank realised profit before tax of N109.714 billion in H1 2020, down from N115.787 realised in the same period of 2019.

The drop in profit is due to the surge in operating expenses by over N10 billion from N39.439 billion in H1 2019 to N49.549 billion in H1 2020. Also, loan impairment charges surged from N2.186 billion posted in the first half of 2019 to N6.769 billion in H1 2020.

The surged in expenses may be due to the provisions made for COVID-19 lockdown to sustain operations and ensure customers access their funds despite zero movement.

Therefore, profit after tax declined from N99.133 billion in H1 2019 to N94.271 billion in H1 2020.

The bank declared an interim dividend of 30 kobo per ordinary share of 50 kobo for the period under review. Only shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at the close of business on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, for ordinary shareholders and on September 3, 2020 for holders of the Bank’s Global Depository Receipts (GDR).

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.


FCMB Reports 16.4 Percent Increase in Profit After Tax in Q3 2020




FCMB Group Plc, one of the leading financial institutions in Nigeria, reported a 16.4 percent increase in profit after tax for the third quarter of the year.

In the unaudited financial statements released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the lender’s profit before tax grew by 10.2 percent year-on-year to N4.8 billion while profit after tax increased by 16.4 percent to N4.2 billion.

FCBMB Group Plc expanded gross earnings by 4.8 percent to N48.3 billion during the period under review. Similarly, the bank’s net interest income rose by 30.03 percent year-on-year to N22.7 billion.

The strong performance continued across the board as net fee and commission income increased by 0.29 percent to N5.2 billion. Net trading income rose by 39.4 percent year-on-year to N1.82 billion.

Personnel expenses dropped by 7.9 percent to N6.9 billion during the quarter while general and administrative expenses declined by 7.52 percent year-on-year to N7.6 billion. Largely due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Loans and advances to customers rose by 10.8 percent to N793.14 billion between December 2019 and September 2020. Total desposits from customers during the same period grew by 26.7 percent to N1.2 trillion.

The bank’s total assets increased by 22.12 percent to N2.04 trillion.

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Stanbic IBTC Obtains Approvals, License to Establish Life Insurance Subsidiary



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Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc on Friday announced that it has obtained all required Regulatory Approvals and a license from the National Insurance Commission to establish a wholly-owned Life Insurance subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Insurance Limited (SIIL).

In a statement signed by Chidi Okezi, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC and released on Friday, the bank said “The establishment of this new subsidiary essentially complements the bouquet of product offerings by Stanbic IBTC as it continues its goal of being the leading end-to-end financial solutions provider in Nigeria. In this regard, SIIL will aim to facilitate long term insurance for already financially included individuals and will seek to become the preferred Insurer in the Life Insurance Business.

“Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, is a full-service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management. The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade deals between Africa, China and select emerging markets. Standard Bank Group is the largest African financial institution by assets. It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 21 countries on the African continent.

“Standard Bank has been in operation for over 158 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institutions in chosen countries in Africa; and connecting selected emerging markets to Africa by applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, power and infrastructure.”


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World Bank to Discuss New $1.5 Billion Loan Request From Nigeria



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The Finance Minister, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on Friday said the Federal Government has met all the conditions for a fresh loan of $1.5 billion from the World Bank.

The minister disclosed this on Bloomberg TV.

She said the multilateral financial institution is in the final stage of approving the loan. The minister explained that the loan will be discussed in the bank’s next meeting and possibly be approved in the same meeting.

In June, the Senate approved the borrowing plans but the World Bank pushed back demanding Nigeria fulfill the conditions attached to the $3.4 billion loan received from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May.

Some of the conditions were to increase revenue generation by upping VAT, the introduction of tariff reflective electricity bill, the removal of subsidy and the unification of the nation’s foreign exchange.

Most of which the Federal Government has done despite protests from most Nigerians who called the new policies anti-people given their current situation.

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