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Sterling Bank Post N2.4 Billion Profit After Tax in Q1 2021



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Sterling Bank Plc grew profit after tax from N2.065 billion recorded in the first quarter (Q1) 2020 to N2.395 billion in the first quarter of 2021.

In the bank’s unaudited financial statement, gross earnings moderated to N31.016 billion in the quarter under review, down from N32.916 billion posted in the corresponding quarter of 2020.

The lender’s operating income rose from N19.968 billion in Q1 2020 to N20.088 billion in Q1 2021, while net operating income after impairment moderated slightly from N18.779 billion in the same quarter of 2020 to N18.321 billion in the quarter under review.

Sterling bank reduced total expenses incurred to N15.816 billion in Q1 2020, down from N16.560 billion in Q1 2021.

Profit before tax stood at N2.505 billion in Q1 2021, up from N2.219 billion achieved in Q1 2020.

Total assets increased to N1.393 trillion in Q1 2021 from N1.299 trillion posted in the final quarter of 2020.

Sterling Bank’s Financial Highlights

• Gross earnings contracted to N31.0 billion primarily due to an 11.0% dip in interest income. This was however moderated by a 27% growth in noninterest revenue.
• We recorded a 15.6% decline in interest expense. This delivered an 80 bps drop in cost of funds as yield on earning assets declined by 210bps. Consequently, net interest margin stood at 7.2%.
• Moderated operating expense further by 4.5% driven by reduction in administrative and depreciation expenses as we continued to optimize our investments across board.
• Customer deposits grew by 9.3% while maintaining a healthy deposit mix of 70.5% in low-cost funding.
• Loans & advances increased by 6.0% YTD to N632.5 billion as cost of risk increased marginally by 10 bps to 0.9%. NPL ratio remained stable at 1.9%.
• Overall the Bank grew its balance sheet by 7.3% to N1.39 trillion and delivered a profit after tax of N2.40 billion in the first quarter of the year.

Commenting on the bank’s performance, Abubakar Suleiman, Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc, said “During the quarter, the campaign to vaccinate the global population against COVID-19 gained ground, bolstering consumer and investor confidence. At the macro level, treasury yields, and oil prices retraced towards their historical averages, contributing to reserves accretion and easing the pressure in the foreign exchange markets.

“Riding on the improved operating environment, the bank recorded a year-on-year double-digit growth in profit after tax in the first quarter, aided by a 9.3% rise in customer deposits and a 15.6% decline in funding cost.

“In furtherance of our transformation agenda, we formally launched our digital commodity marketplace, SABEX. This is a product of three years of experimentation and extensive consultation with all key stakeholders and an important component of our strategy to use technology to improve productivity for players across the HEART sectors.

“Overall, we closed with a profit after tax of N2.40 billion in the first quarter of the year, a 16% improvement on the corresponding period in 2020.”

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.

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Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO): Profit After Tax Inches Slightly Higher in Q3 2021



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Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO Plc), Nigeria’s leading financial institution, grew profit after tax by 4.11 percent to N49.986 billion in the three months ended September 30, 2021.

This was slightly higher than the N48.012 billion filed in the third quarter (Q3) of 2020, according to the bank’s unaudited financial statements released on Tuesday and obtained by Investors King.

The lender’s interest income drops by 7.48 percent to N68.945 billion in the third quarter under review, down from N74.518 billion achieved in Q3 2020.

Interest expense inched slightly higher to N13.057 billion in Q3 2021, representing an increase of 5.3 percent when compared to N12.397 billion filed in the same period of 2020.

As expected, GTCO’s net interest income moderated by 10.03 percent from N62.121 billion in Q3 2020 to N55.887 billion in Q3 2021.

Net interest income after loan impairment charges stood at N54.608 billion in Q3 2021, a decline of 7.04 percent from N58.745 billion recorded in Q3 20210.

However, GTCO was able to plug further decline with a 67.39 percent increase in fee and commission income. The bank realised N18.318 billion in fee and commission income in Q3 2021, up from N10.944 billion charged in Q3 2020.

Fee and commission expense increased slightly to N3.343 billion in the quarter under review, up from N2.239 billion in Q3 2020.

The bank grew net fee and commission income by 72.07 percent to N14.976 billion in Q3 2021 from N8.704 billion achieved in Q3 2020.

Also, the bank’s net gains on financial instruments classified as held for trading dipped slightly to N8.048 billion in Q3 2021. While other income improved from N11.157 billion in Q3 2020 to N15.283 billion in Q3 2021.

Profit before income tax grew slightly by 2.11 percent to N58.852 billion in Q3 2021 from N57.638 billion in Q3 2020. The bank paid N8.866 billion in taxes in the period under review.

GTCO loses N9.491 billion to forex differential in the third quarter but also made N2.847 billion due to forex differential to take its total comprehensive income for the quarter N44.618 billion.

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Wema Bank Changes Date of Board Meeting to October 26, 2021



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Wema Bank Plc, one of Nigeria’s banks, on Monday announced it has changed the date of its board meeting from October 26, 2021 to October 28, 2021.

The lender disclosed in a statement signed by Johnson Lebile, Company Secretary and Legal Adviser.

The statement reads, “Further to the previous notice of September 30, 2021, in line with the Rules of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (the Exchange), we hereby inform the investing public that the meeting of the Board of Directors of Wema Bank Plc (the Bank or Company), earlier scheduled for October 26, 2021 to consider and approve the Company’s third quarter performance and Unaudited Financial Statements for the period ended 30 September 2021 (2021 Q3 UFS) along with other corporate actions, has been rescheduled to hold on October 28, 2021 at 10.00 a.m. in Lagos.

“The Company’s Closed Period which commenced on 1 st October 2021 will continue until 24 hours after the Bank’s 2021 Q3 UFS and other corporate actions have been made public in line with the Rulebook of the Exchange.”

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Stanbic IBTC Reiterates Strategic Youth Agenda



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Determined to further strengthen the strategic position young Nigerians occupy in the country, Stanbic IBTC, a member of Standard Bank Group, has continued to promote various programmes to get Nigerian youths engaged and empowered for better productivity and participation in the development of the nation.

The Group aimed one of its initiatives, the ‘Youth Leadership Series’ (YLS), at deepening financial and entrepreneurial knowledge among Nigeria’s younger generations. The initiative, which was launched in 2018, is held in institutions of higher learning across the nation and brings together mentors from across various sectors of the economy to encourage and inspire the next generation. 

Dr. Demola Sogunle, Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Holdings, spoke of the initiative. He stated that through one of the organisation’s CSI pillars, ‘economic empowerment’, the YLS was birthed as an avenue to get young Nigerians engaged and empowered to become future business leaders.

He said that Nigerian youths required support, guidance, and empowerment to propel them to the pinnacle of their various fields, and added that innovative projects and tech disruptions championed by youths in virtually every sector have proved their ingenuity, skill, brilliance, and resourcefulness.

Sogunle further stated that since youths easily get distracted by different challenges, the organisation wanted to ensure that they were aptly and constantly guided, mentored, inspired, and motivated, not just to attain their goals but to actualise their full potentials.

This year’s event which held virtually attracted youths from across Nigeria and various parts of the world including the UK, USA and UAE. It featured an array of speakers – Debo Adebayo, better known as Mr. Macaroni and  Ms. Ifedayo Agoro, the founder of Diary of a Naija Girl (DANG), an online lifestyle website, who spoke on ‘Winning with Social Media’; the duo of Olumide Soyombo, co-Founder, Bluechip Technologies and Tracy Batta, co-Founder, Smoothie Express who spoke on ‘Winning with Entrepreneurship’; while Akin Bamidele Akintola, Head of Equity Sales, Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers and Yanmo Omorogbe, co-founder of Bamboo Invest, an investment platform that allows Nigerians to invest in United States stocks, both spoke on ‘Winning with Investments’.

All speakers shared their entrepreneurial experiences, challenges, and success stories in these areas.

Speakers at previous editions of the YLS included Kechi Okwuchi, a survivor of the ill-fated Sosoliso plane crash of December 2005, who later went on to bag a First Class Degree from the University of Thomas Houston, Texas and emerged a finalist at America’s Got Talent; Member Feese, survivor of the United Nations Building bomb blast in Abuja and Cobhams Asuquo, renowned music producer, who was born blind.

Also, Stanbic IBTC Bank, in collaboration with Creative Youth Community Development Initiative (CYCDI), and Covenant University, Ota and in alignment with the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, engaged Nigerian youths on better understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their role in its attainment.

The organisation also said that some needs of youths have been catered to with the Stanbic IBTC BluEdge Youth Account, targeted to help students and youths cultivate a savings culture very early in life.

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