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.
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.
Foreign Exchange: First Bank to Discontinue Dollar Transactions on Naira Card
First Bank of Nigeria has announced that international transactions on its naira MasterCard will be suspended, Starting from 30th, September 2022
First Bank of Nigeria has announced that international transactions on its naira MasterCard will be suspended, Starting from 30th, September 2022.
In a recent email that First Bank sent to its customers, the bank stated customers will no longer be able to perform international transactions on First Bank Naira credit card, virtual card and visa prepaid card.
The message read, “Due to current market realities on foreign exchange, you will no longer be able to use the Naira Mastercard, Naira Credit Card, our Virtual card and Visa Prepaid Naira card for international transactions. This will take effect on 30 September 2022,” First Bank said.
The message added that customers can only use their multicurrency and other permitted cards to make international transactions.
“Please use your Visa Debit Multicurrency Card, Visa Prepaid (USD) Card and Visa Gold Credit Card to continue transacting abroad with limits of up to $10,000.” The statement concluded.
It could be recalled that in July 2022, Standard Chartered Bank also suspended international transactions on its naira visa debit card.
Other banks that have suspended international transactions on naira cards include Flutterwave, Eversend and other financial technology platforms.
Investors King had earlier reported that Nigerian banks have reduced international transactions to $20 on Naira cards due to the ongoing foreign exchange scarcity in Nigeria.
The reduction started in 2020 from $500 to $100 in 2021. In March 2022, many of the financial institutions subsequently reduced international transactions on naira cards to $20.
At the 364th Bankers Committee Meeting in Abuja in 2021, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele disclosed that the apex bank will stop supplying foreign currency to Deposit Money Bank (DMBs) otherwise known as commercial banks by the end of the year. He, therefore, urges them to source for their foreign exchange from export proceeds.
Islamic Finance: Move Towards Open Banking Set to Accelerate
Leading Islamic finance professionals expect the sector to move rapidly towards greater use of open banking over the next three years.
New research shows that most leading Islamic finance professionals expect the sector to move rapidly towards greater use of open banking over the next three years.
In the research conducted to support the Global Islamic Finance Forum 2022 (GIFF2022), 90 per cent of Islamic finance professionals believe the adoption of open banking by financial institutions, Governments, fintechs and other stakeholders will increase by 2025, with nearly two out of five (38 per cent) expecting a dramatic rise in adoption.
Growth of open banking in Islamic finance will partly be driven by more and better regulations, the study also found. Almost a third (32 per cent) of Islamic finance professionals who were questioned predicted a dramatic increase in regulation, with another 59 per cent forecasting a slight increase in regulation.
The study found that Islamic finance professionals working across a wide range of sectors believe open banking will mean greater use of fintech innovations in Islamic finance such as Waqf, Zakat and Sadaqah. More than half (62 per cent) questioned, strongly agree open APIs will enable the platforms to access customer accounts in Islamic finance, with the result that customers can make contributions through the platforms. Another 30 per cent slightly agree.
Islamic finance professionals believe that the key benefit of open banking in the Islamic finance industry is to meet strong customer demand and offer more choice with the ability of banks to offer more innovative products. Other benefits include being able to manage the escalating costs of launching new digital services at scale and developing strategies to monetise customer data to generate new revenue streams. The growth of open banking will also enable institutions to meet regulatory requirements to provide higher transparency for reporting data.
Chief Executive Officer of Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia said, “Increased adoption of open banking in Islamic finance brings a wide range of benefits to the sector and research shows Islamic finance professionals are expecting rapid developments in the sector over the next three years. There is a clear need for more and better regulation around open banking and open finance in Islamic finance, and that is recognised by Islamic finance professionals who are expecting strong progress.”
First Bank CEO, Adesola Adeduntan Ranked First on Nigeria Banks CEOs Media Performance Report
Adesola Adeduntan topped the Nigerian Banks’ Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) media performance report for August.
It is another testimony to the sterling performance and media engagement of the First Bank helmsman, Adesola Adeduntan as he was ranked top in the Nigerian Banks CEOs Media Performance Report for August.
An independent analysis of the media performance and prominence of Nigeria Commercial Banks CEOs placed Adesola Adeduntan ahead of Yemisi Edun of FCMB, Ademola Adebisi of Wema Bank and Abubakar Suleiman of Sterling Bank.
According to the analysis which was carried out by MATE+, using various data gathering and PR Metrics, the prominence of the bank CEOs was tracked both in the online and print media.
He was followed by Yemisi Edun of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) with 23%, while Ademola Adebisi of Wema Bank and Abubakar Sulieman of Sterling Bank completed the chart with 19% and 14% respectively.
In June, First Bank also topped the list of Nigerian Banks in the media while it was also ranked first in promotional media content in May.
Meanwhile, the report also tracked the media prominence of the CEOs in the Nigeria Insurance sector.
The performance report revealed that the MD of AIICO Insurance, Babatunde Fajemirokun had the most media exposure with 45%.
He was followed by Eddie Efekoha of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance with 17%, Kunle Ahmed of AXA Mansard Insurance with 14% and Tunde Hassan- Odukale of Leadway Assurance with 11% media exposure.
Investors King could recall that Mr. Adesola Adeduntan was appointed as the CEO of First Bank of Nigeria by the central bank in April 2021 to stabilise the bank after a brief controversy.
Adeduntan has since been repositioning the bank. It is not a surprise that First Bank has now generated enough public interest which includes the purchase of a majority stake in the bank by one of the foremost Nigerian billionaires, Femi Otedola.
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