Guaranty Trust Bank plc, GTBank, has released its unaudited financial results for the period ended September 30, 2018 to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges.
A review of the results shows positive performance across all financial indices, reaffirming the Bank’s position as one of the most profitable and well managed financial institutions in Nigeria.
Gross earnings for the period grew by 8.8% to ₦337.3billion from ₦309.9billion reported in September 2017. Profit before tax stood at ₦164.2billion, representing a growth of 9.5% over ₦150.0billion recorded in the corresponding period of September 2017. The Bank’s Loan Book dipped by 12.3% from ₦1.449trillion recorded as at December 2017 to ₦1.270trillion in September 2018, while customers’ deposits grew by 8.6% to ₦2.239trillion from ₦2.062trillion in December 2017.
The Bank’s balance sheet remained resilient with Total assets and Shareholders’ Fundsclosingat ₦3.433trillion and ₦534.3Billion respectively, a2.4% growth from Total Asset Position of ₦3.351trillion as at December 2017, Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) however dipped by 300bps to 22% despite the impact of IFRS 9 implementation. In terms of Assets quality, NPL ratio and Cost of Risk(COR) improved to 5.6% and 0.1% in September 2018 from 7.8% and 0.5% position in December 2017 respectively. Complementing the improvement noted in NPLs and COR, we maintained adequate Loan Loss coverage of180.6%for Lifetime Credit Impaired Loans (NPLs).On the backdrop of this result, Post- Tax Return on Equity (ROE) closed at 32.7% while Return on Assets (ROA) stood at 5.6%.
Commenting on the financial results, the Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr. Segun Agbaje, said; “Despite operating in a very challenging business environment, our 3rd quarter result is a reflection of how we have appropriately positioned our balance sheet to cope with economic realities. It further demonstrates the strength of our business strategy to deliver financial services that enrich the lives of our customers and creates more value for all our stakeholders.”
He added that “Going into the final quarter of the year, the Bank will continue to drive its digital-first customer-centric strategy to improve customer experience and expand its range of service offering whilst constantly differentiating itself by maintaining a high standard in service delivery and putting customers at the heart of everything that we do.”
Overall, Guaranty Trust Bank plc continues to be best-in-class in the Nigerian banking industry in terms of all financial ratios i.e. Post-TaxReturn on Equity (ROE) of 32.7%, Post-Tax Return on Assets (ROA) of 5.6%, Cost to Income ratio of 38.3% and PBT margin of 48.7%. These ratios are a testament to experienced Management, efficient Balance sheet structure coupled with the operational efficiency of the Bank.
In recognition of the Bank’s stance on world-class corporate governance standards, excellent service delivery, and innovation, GTBank has been a recipient of numerous awards in the course of the year. They include Best Banking Group & Best Retail Bank in Nigeria from World Finance Magazine andBest Mobile payments service& Digital Wallet of the year from Asian Banker Magazine.
Diamond Bank Confirms Merger With Access Bank
The board of Diamond Bank Plc on Monday finally announced its merger with Access Bank Plc expected to be completed in first half of 2019.
Both banks recently denied media reports of any merger.
Uzoma Dozie, the bank’s Chief Executive Officer, said in Lagos the board had selected Access Bank as the preferred bidder with respect to a potential merger of both banks.
Dozie said the potential merger of the two banks would create Nigeria and Africa’s largest retail bank by customers.
He added that the transaction to be completed in the first half of 2019 was in the best interest of all stakeholders.
Dozie said the completion of the merger was subject to certain shareholder and regulatory approvals.
He said: “The proposed merger would involve Access Bank acquiring the entire issued share capital of Diamond Bank in exchange for a combination of cash and shares in Access Bank via a Scheme of Merger.
“Based on the agreement reached by the boards of the two financial institutions, Diamond Bank shareholders will receive a consideration of N3.13 per share, comprising N1 per share in cash.”
Dozie also said the transaction would include the allotment of two new Access Bank ordinary shares for every seven Diamond Bank ordinary shares held as at the implementation date.
“The offer represents a premium of 260 per cent to the closing market price of 87k per share of Diamond Bank on the Nigerian Stock Exchange as of December 13, 2018, the date of the final binding offer,” Dozie said.
He said the bank’s shares would be absorbed into Access Bank at the completion of the merger and Diamond Bank would cease to exist under Nigerian law.
“The current listing of Diamond Bank’s shares on the NSE and the listing of Diamond Bank’s global depositary receipts on the London Stock Exchange will be cancelled, upon the merger becoming effective,” he added.
Dozie said the proposed combination with Access Bank would create one of Africa’s leading financial institutions.
“The board of Diamond Bank believes that the proposed combination of the two operations provides an exciting prospect for all stakeholders in both businesses,” he said.
Herbert Wigwe, Access Bank Chief Executive Officer, said: “Access Bank has a strong track record of acquisition and integration and has a clear growth strategy.
“Access Bank and Diamond Bank have complementary operations and similar values, and a merger with Diamond Bank with its leadership in digital and mobile-led retail banking.
“This could accelerate our strategy as a significant corporate and retail bank in Nigeria and a Pan-African financial services champion.”
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Heirs Holdings Signs $600 million Loans With Afrexim Bank, To Scale Its Energy Investments
As a further demonstration of the African Export-Import Bank’s (“Afrexim”) mandate to facilitate the growth of intra-Africa trade and support the development of African businesses, Afrexim today, signed financing facilities totalling US$600 million with the Heirs Holdings Group, a pan-African proprietary investment holding company.
Heirs Holdings has significant investments across Africa, in the financial services, resources, real estate and hospitality and power sectors. The facilities will further support the Group’s power, oil and gas strategy, as it positions itself as an African leader in integrated natural resources. The signing ceremony took place at the Afrexim Intra-Africa Trade Conference taking place in Cairo, Egypt.
The proceeds of the facilities will assist the Heirs Holdings Group vision of creating a dynamic resource based division, focused on ensuring value creation occurs on the African continent and that value chains are developed, that directly benefit the broader African economy and consumer.
Commenting at the ceremony, Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of Afrexim who signed on behalf of the Bank, stated that the investment by Heirs Holdings would play a key role in addressing some of the fundamental challenges that have affected the power and energy sectors in Africa. He stated that “A world class energy sector is fundamental to the sustainable growth of businesses in Africa. If we do not deal with these basic matters, growth of trade and exports will always be limited”.
Mr. Tony Elumelu, the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, commented that “We are delighted to be partnering with Afrexim. The Bank continues to play a critical role in the economic and social development of the continent. Together, we illustrate that Africa can create world class institutions, which are capable of successfully making the long-term investments necessary for Africa’s economic transformation and catalyse the enabling environment that will unleash Africa’s potential”.
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