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It will come to many as a surprise how GTBank has been making wonderful exploits over the years. This is because the bank has been ably managed by men of impeccable corporate pedigree.

What is now being said in many quarters is the input of the present MD/CEO, who has taken up the gauntlet from his predecessors.

GTBank has many things to be proud of and will always be the leader in the pack. The industry is replete with many gurus, and one of them is the quintessential Segun Agbaje, who has been managing Guarantee Trust Bank with his managerial capability.

In this report, AIRWAVES REPORT team looks into the good world of banking, focusing on what GTBank has achieved in 2017. In today’s banking, innovation and customer’s satisfaction are very key.

Every bank wants to keep and grow its customers’ base by keeping to the ideals of responsive banking and making profits in the long run. Even when a clientele base is large, and the bank is not able to match up to its growing demands, efforts have to be made to ensure the clients are satisfied.

With the increasing demands of Digital Banking, a lot of banks, both old and new generation, have struggled with meeting the needs and upgrading its backbone technology infrastructure for off-line and real time banking. Guarantee Trust Bank, through its innovative style and leadership, has ensured its Flashmob 737 to make banking easy and simple at touch the of your GSM phone.

These giant strides have helped the bank in no small measure, to allow clients be able to transfer, check their credit balances and other services by just pressing 737. This has enabled the forward- looking bank to garner many awards via the Flashmob that other banks have cued behind, to have a simple code that will make banking easy and affordable. Let’s take a run-down their achievements in 2017, in the following order.

GTBank ‘737’ Generated N1trilion In One Year!

In April 2017, it was widely-reported that Guaranty Trust Bank Plc recorded over N1 trillion transactions via the bank’s 737 payment and service delivery platform. Mr Segun Agbaje, the bank’s managing director, said this at the bank’s 27th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos. Agbaje said that the bank was leading the future of payments and service delivery with the 737 platform it introduced a year ago.

The bank’s 737 platform is a USSD-based service delivery channel that provides simple banking for every Nigerian through mobile phones. The bank’s boss said “within a year of the introduction of the service, the bank recorded an uptake of over three million customers, with over N1 trillion in transactions on the platform.”

He added that the platform had gained ubiquitous acceptance and global recognition. GT Bank indeed is one of the banks that take their corporate social responsibility CSR serious. The management led by its CEO, Mr Segun Agbaje, has made CSRs an investment into critical sectors that employ one of the highest numbers of people.

GTBank Celebrated 10th Year On London Stock Exchange Listing

Last year, champagne bottles were popped in celebration of the anniversary of the bank being listed at the London Stock Exchange. This has further boosted the international clientele and wider reach of the bank, making it a bank worthy of banking with, and improving in no small terms its brand value.

Corporate Social Responsibilities idealized through GTBank Fashion Weekend

The Nigerian fashion industry has grown in leaps and bounds. With the Bank of Industry and Bank of Agriculture helping to make professionals access loans into growing their fashion companies and accessing textile credits, the industry has supported the entertainment industry in bringing out the colours and final products- clothing creatively our celebrities who strode the red carpet and paparazzi take them on.

In helping to deepen the growth of the multi million naira industry, GT Bank in 2016 decided to host a two-day fashion weekend that attracts thousands of people, vendors, couture and young make-up artistes learning from the experiences of experts in a Master Class.

The 2017 GT Fashion Weekend, held in November, will continue to linger in the memories of those that stormed the The Arena, at Water Corporation area of Victoria Island, in Lagos. Over 90 fashion retailers were at the stand to showcase their products. Hundreds of young and upcoming designers, as well as make-up artistes, gleaned from the wealth and experience of fashion experts in a Master Class.

The weekend had nine fashion runways, which showcased global designers, as models strutted the runway glamorously and stylishly. The fashion weekend has assumed a global event status where tourists visit the country to see creativity at its best.

GTBank Food and Drink Fair

Apart from the GT fashion weekend, the Food and Drink fair hosted by the bank, is another event that is gathering momentum on the national space because of its encompassing capacity to bring professionals in the food and drink subsector together in one space. Held in April 2017, the Food & Drinks festival was a forum to examine the growth and relevance of the sector and how much it had contributed to the hospitality industry. Over 100 food retailers gathered in one place at he Arena. The food fair had ten international chefs who tutored young and established cooks who desired to break into the international limelight in some years to come. The fair attracted a record, 120, 000 visitors.

The Social Media Week

In February of the same year under review, the bank sponsored the annual and engaging Social Media Week which has been the hotbed of many discussions and trends that the social media interacts with for the larger part of the year. The SMW brings Social media influencers, bloggers, experts and writers together to discuss on their relevance and how to galvanize change in the polity.

Segun Agbaje Speaks At London Business School

True to type, the visionary and exemplary leadership of the CEO of GTBank, Mr. Segun Agbaje, came to the fore in April 2017, when he was a guest speaker at the prestigious London Business School. Also, Stanford Business School hosted the banking guru and benefitted from the wealth of knowledge of the CEO extra-ordinaire.

The bank also celebrated the children who are the future of tomorrow on Children’s Day. In a carnival-like atmosphere, the event attracted thousands of children and their parents, who came to have fun, just as A-list comedians and musicians entertained.

GTBank Principal’s Cup

When it comes to School Sports, the bank has contributed immensely in the development of school sports in almost a decade. In partnership with the state of excellence, Lagos State, the GT Principal’s Cup annually engages scores of secondary schools in a football tournament. This has helped in no small measure to act as a pool where Under-17 footballers are being found and honed; to compete and bring honour and glory to the country.

GTBank Masters Cup, Season 6

One of the golf tournaments that the high-flying bank also sponsors is the GT Bank Masters Cup. Now in its seventh season, the tournament has added to the growing list of golf tournaments in the country and this is about improving the sport.

Ndani TV

The highly creative and interactive TV program, is part of the ways, the bank has supported the entertainment and media industry. Ndani TV, an online TV show, which creates content and markets them, once hosted an entrepreneurship reality show.

Tagged ‘The African Dream,’ the reality TV show hosted Ethiopian award-winning fashion entrepreneur, who deals in making of shoe wears and other products. A business reality show which is in its 2nd Season, was solely sponsored by the bank in August of this same year under review.

Tagged CAMPO RealTalk GTBank 2017, the business reality show was to create and train the next big young entrepreneurs in the ideals of starting and growing a business from the scratch. Other initiatives the bank embarked on in 2017 were the Digital Skill Training for SMEs and a Staff Health Week Walk.

In July 2017, a new library was built in Yaba area of Lagos State, to boost the intellectual and academic field. The initiative was part of the GT Bank Coronation Cup. Also, the bank, through its CSR initiative, supported the 7th edition of Annual Autism Program. An online gallery named Art635, engaged over 57 artistes and showcased 553 pieces of artwork in an exhibition sponsored by GT Bank.

2017: Harvest of Awards for GTBank

For 2017, GT Bank excelled on all fronts, carting away with most of the awards available. The list includes but not limited to: Boardroom Corporate Award 2017: Best Corporate Governance Financial Services Africa 2017.

African Investor Award: best performing Ai 100 Company and Segun Agbaje was the Ai 100 CEO of the Year. Euromoney Award For Excellence 2017: Nigeria’s best bank and best bank for SMEs in Africa. Euromoney Private Banking Survey 2017: Best private banking services overall and Net-worth-specific services, commercial banking capabilities

Emeafinance African Banking Awards 2017: Best Bank In Nigeria, Best Bank for CSR in Africa and CEO of the year. World Finance banker of the year Africa 2017, Segun Agbaje, Bank Banking Group Nigeria and Best Retail Bank. African Banker awards 2017: African bank of the year. AABLA company of the year, 2017. Excellence in retail finance services convention 2017: best deposit service, best retail payment in Nigeria

The Banker Awards 2017: 2017 Bank of year in Nigeria CEO Awards: 2017 CEO of the year, Segun Agbaje; AI International Finance Awards: Digital Bank Efficiency Award 2017: Best Customer Experience Award – electronic platform experience); Instant payments transaction efficiency Cashless Driver: card usage on point of sale terminals; Cashless driver: real time payments.

Point of sale card transaction efficiency award; Electronic data rendition compliance and integrity award etc. All of these have culminated into making GTBank the bank of the moment and the Segun Agabje-led team is still not relenting in their resounding service provision to all their customers.

 

 

 

—- Bolatito Adebola

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AGM 2019: Zenith Bank Declares N2.50 Dividends

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Shareholders of Zenith Bank have approved the proposal of the board to pay a final dividend of N2.50k per share as dividends for the 2018 financial year.

The shareholders gave the approval at the 28th Annual General Meeting of the bank in Lagos.

The directors proposed a final dividend of N2.50 per share in addition to the N0.30 per share paid as interim dividend amounting to N2.80 per share, as against the N2.70 per share in 2017.

The bank earmarked N87.91 billion for total dividend payment to shareholders for 2018 financial year as against N84.77 billion paid in 2017.

The Chairman of the bank, Mr Jim Ovia, said that the bank remained committed to delivering superior returns to its much valued shareholders by ensuring that a good chunk of its profits was set aside for shareholders.

“In clear demonstration of this, we had declared and paid an interim dividend of 30 kobo per share in the course of the 2018 financial year.

“We hereby propose a final dividend of 250 kobo per share. If approved, this will bring the total dividend for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018 to 280 kobo per share as against 270 kobo per share that was paid in the previous year.”

Speaking further on the financial results, Ovia said that 2018 was challenging year for all operators in the Nigerian banking industry.

He said the bank was able to fully exploit the opportunities within the environment to record a performance that attested to its durability and resilience as a brand.

“Clearly, the results are once again, a reflection of the exceptional financial of the exceptional financial health of the bank and the group.

“For the bank, total deposit was N2.82 trillion for the year ended December 31, 2018, representing a 2.9 per cent increase over the previous year’s figure of N2.74 trillion.

“Profit Before Tax rose by 13.6 per cent from N169 billion in 2017 to N192 billion in 2018.

“Profit-After- Tax similarly rose by 7.8 per cent from N153 billion in 2017 to N165 billion in 2018.

“During the same period, total assets of the bank grew by 2.7 per cent from N4.83 trillion to N4.96 trillion, while shareholders’ fund declined by 3 3 per cent from N698 billion to N675 billion.

“Gross earnings similarly declined by 0.2 per cent from N674 billion in year 2017 to N538 billion in 2018.”

Also as a group, Ovia said that the performance indices were no less remarkable.

According to him, the Group’s profit before tax grew by 16.6 per cent from N199 billion in year 2017 to N232 billion in 2018.

“Profit-after-tax grew by 10.9 per cent during the period from N174 billion in 2017 to N193 billion in 2018 while customer customers’ deposit grew by 7.3 per cent during the same period from N3.44 trillion to an3.69 trillion.

“Group shareholders’ fund grew by 0.5 per cent from N812 billion in 2017 to N816 billion in 2018, gross earnings dropped by 15.4 per cent from N745 billion in 2017 to N630 billion in 2018,” he said.

The Zenith Bank Managing Director, Mr Peter Amangbo, said the bank’s drive toward entrenching sustainable principle in its business operations gained further momentum in the year under review.

Amangbo said the bank would continue to place a high premium on developing a robust risk management framework which had helped in promoting the soundness of the financial institution in protecting its assets and ensuring its growth.

“We are committed to entrenching a robust enterprise risk management, global best practices in corporate governance and sustainability in the coming year,” he said. (NAN)

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Shareholders Laud Transcorp Hotels Plc For Impressive Performance, Approve 15k Per Share As Dividend

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The Shareholders of Africa’s leading hospitality brand, Transcorp Hotels Plc, have extolled the Company for its impressive financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018. The congratulatory remarks were made at the Company’s 5th Annual General Meeting, which took place at the Congress Hall of the iconic Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Following the company’s 26% increase in turnover, the Shareholders have unanimously endorsed a final dividend of ₦1.14bn for the 2018 financial year.  The final dividend translated to 15kobo per ordinary share, which is a 20% improvement over the 12kobo per ordinary share for 2017.

Speaking on the Company’s growth milestones, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Emmanuel N. Nnorom said “Transcorp Hotels Plc has exceeded the bar with an impressive turnover of ₦17.4billion from ₦13.8billion recorded in 2017, representing an improvement of 26%. This is an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Company. It is a further demonstration of our ability to adapt quickly to a changing business environment while keeping pace with global best standards in hospitality.”  The Chairman also thanked the Shareholders for their continued support and faith in the Board and Management of the Company.

Commending the company for its overall performance, Patrick Ajudua, President, New Dimension Shareholders Association said that Transcorp Hotels Plc is an embodiment of what privatisation in Nigeria should be. He further stated that good Corporate Governance and the presence of a focused Management team who are concerned with giving returns to shareholders are some underlying factors behind the company’s continued success.

The Managing Director/CEO, Mrs. Owen Omogiafo reiterated the company’s commitment to quality and global standard customer experience, drawing on the varied international awards conferred on the Company. She said “We are redefining the hospitality landscape in Africa and positioning our continent as a preferred destination for local and international tourists. Our numerous awards and recognition are proof of this.”

On the prospects for 2019, Mrs. Omogiafo noted that “Transcorp Hotels will continue to leverage on its unique value proposition and proven strategies to exceed 2018 performance.”  She further said that growth and efficiency underpinned by a strong culture of service excellence and cost optimization will drive the company.

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UBA Earnings Hits N494bn, Records Significant Asset Growth, Driven By Market Share Gains Across Africa

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The Pan-African financial institution, United Bank for Africa Plc has announced its Audited 2018 Financial Results with impressive growths achieved across major financial lines.

According to the 2018 financials filed at the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Tuesday, the Africa’s global bank’s gross earnings grew by 7.0 percent to N494.0 billion, compared to N461.6 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2017. The Bank’s total assets also grew significantly by 19.7 percent to an unprecedented N4.9 trillion for the year under review.

These results, according to financial analysts largely demonstrates the benefits of the Group’s Pan-African footprints with continued growth in market share in key countries of operation across Africa. The contributions of ex-Nigeria subsidiaries at 40 percent, again confirms the strong footing of the Group’s franchise in Africa.

Despite the challenging business environments in Nigeria and across key markets in Africa, the Bank’s Profit Before Tax was quite impressive at N106.8 billion, a 2.4 percent growth, compared to N104.2 billion in 2017 financial year. In same vein, the Profit After Tax rose by 1.4 percent to N78.6 billion, compared to N77.5 billion recorded in 2017. Due to lower foreign exchange trading income, Operating Expenses grew by 4.1 percent to N197.3 billion, compared to N189.7 billion in 2017

Reflecting the modest appetite of the Bank in the year under review as well as impact of IFRS 9 implementation, net loans recorded a prudent 3.9 percent growth to N1.72 trillion while Customer Deposits increased by a remarkable 22.5 percent to N3.3 trillion, compared to N2.7 trillion recorded in the corresponding period of 2017, reflecting increased customer confidence and enhanced service channels. Furthermore, Shareholders’ Funds decreased marginally by 4.8 percent to N502.6 billion, reflecting the impact of International Financial Reporting Standards 9 (IFRS 9) implementation.

Commenting on the result, the Group Managing Director/CEO, Kennedy Uzoka noted that the year 2018 was important for the Group, as it gained further market share in many countries of operation. More so, the CEO was excited at strategic achievements made in the year, including the start of wholesale banking operations in London, as it seeks to leverage the Group’s unique network across Africa. UBA also opened its 20th African operation.

“Defying the relatively weak economic growth in Africa, earnings were positive and we grew our balance sheet by 20 percent, driven by the 23 percent growth in our deposit funding. In a period of economic uncertainty, we have focused on retail deposit mobilization, with exciting results. We recorded a 48 percent year-on-year growth in retail deposits and improved our CASA ratio to 77 percent, optimizing our funding mix, which will enhance our net interest margin (NIM), over the medium term,” Uzoka said.

Uzoka remained confident that the Bank’s performance would be even stronger in the years ahead and shareholders would enjoy even greater dividends, as the Group is well positioned to take advantage of imminent fiscal reforms across many economies in Africa, a positive outlook which should stimulate new opportunities in infrastructure, manufacturing, agriculture and resource sectors.

He continued: “Our operations in the United Kingdom now offer end-to-end trade, treasury, structured finance, wholesale deposit taking and ancillary services. With this development, we are better positioned to fulfill our aspiration of deepening trade and capital flows between Europe and Africa. We are also pleased with the market acceptance of our new operation in Mali”.

“Having said this, I am excited by the profitability of our ex-Nigeria subsidiaries, which now contributes an impressive 40 percent earnings to the Group. At the moment, our Nigerian business is benefiting from our product and operational focus, gaining market share – most importantly, the increasing penetration of our retail offerings is reassuring, as this fundamental progress aligns with our strategy of focusing on sustainable growth”.

“With great optimism, we look forward to a more rewarding 2019 for our shareholders, as we further sweat our resources and optimize productivity towards delivering superior returns,” he concluded.

Also speaking on the performance, the Group CFO, Ugo Nwaghodoh said that the improving mix of the Bank’s funding base and asset pricing, reinforce a positive outlook on Net Interest Margin(NIM) and broader balance sheet efficiency.

“Whilst considerable investment in people, digital transformation and channel enhancement masked cost efficiency gains within the year, with cost-to-income ratio at 64 percent, we are convinced that our diligent execution of new initiatives will ensure the reduction of Cost to Income Ratio(CIR) towards our medium-term target. Our balance sheet is being positioned to take full advantage of market swings and our strong 25 percent capital adequacy ratio provides headroom for growth, even under a BASEL III scenario. As it stands, UBA has started the year on a good note and should sustain the momentum, as we work towards improving our Return on Average Equity (RoAE),” Nwaghodoh said.

United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading pan-African financial services group, operating in 20 African countries, as well as the United Kingdom, the United States of America and with presence in France.

UBA was incorporated in Nigeria as a limited liability company after taking over the assets of the British and French Bank Limited who had been operating in Nigeria since 1949. The United Bank for Africa merged with Standard Trust Bank in 2005 and from a single country operation founded in 1949 in Nigeria – Africa’s largest economy – UBA has become one of the leading providers of banking and other financial services on the African continent. The Bank which was awarded the Best Digital Bank in Africa by the Euromoney awards in 2018, provides services to over 17 million customers globally, through one of the most diverse service channels in sub-Saharan Africa, with over 1,000 branches and customer touch points and robust online and mobile banking platforms.

The shares of UBA are publicly traded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Bank has a well-diversified shareholder base, which includes foreign and local institutional investors, as well as individual shareholders.

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