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Guaranty Trust Bank plc has released its audited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016 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 37% to ₦414.62billion from ₦301.85billion reported in the December 2015; driven primarily by growth in interest income as well as foreign exchange income. Profit before tax stood at ₦165.14billion, representing a growth of 37% over ₦120.69billion recorded in the corresponding period of December 2015.The Bank’s loan book grew by 16% from ₦1.373trillion recorded as at December 2015 to ₦1.590trillion in December 2016 with corresponding growth in total deposits which increased by 29% to ₦2.111trillion from ₦1.637trillion in December 2015.

The Bank’s balance sheet remained strong with a 19.7% growth in Total assets and Contingents as the Bank closed the year ended December 2016 with Total Assets and Contingents of ₦3.70trillion and Shareholders’ Funds of ₦504.9Billion. The Bank’s non-performing loans remained low and within regulatory threshold at 3.66% (Bank: 3.29%) with adequate coverage of 131.79% (Bank: 150.80%). Increase in collective impairment was borne out of the prudent stance of the Bank, while Capital remains strong with CAR of 19.79%.

On the backdrop of this result, Return on Equity (ROAE) and Return on Assets (ROAA) closed at 35.96% and 5.85% respectively. The Bank is proposing final dividend of 175k per unit of ordinary share held by shareholders in addition to interim dividend of 25k per unit of ordinary share bringing total dividend for 2016 financial year to ₦2 per unit of ordinary share.

Commenting on the financial results, the Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr Segun Agbaje, said that “The Bank’s financial performance in 2016, does not only reflect the resilience of our franchise, it demonstrates the fundamental strength of our businesses to deliver sustainable long-term growth. We successfully navigated the heightened economic uncertainty and regulatory headwinds which dominated the year to deliver a solid performance across all financial and non-financial indices.

He further stated that “We are transforming our organization into a platform for enriching lives by positioning ourselves at the centre of an extended ecosystem that offers our stakeholders, benefits beyond banking. We also remain committed to maximising shareholders’ value and delivering superior and sustainable return, guided by our founding values of hard work, discipline and integrity.

GTBank has continued to report the best financial ratios for a Financial Institution in the industry as revealed by its return on equity (ROE) of 35.96% and cost to income ratio of 40.76% evidencing the efficient management of assets and operational efficiency.

Overall, the Bank has enshrined its position as a clear leader in the industry. In recognition of its innovation and hard work, the Bank received over 20 international awards in 2016.

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Zenith Bank Rewards Customers With Massive Giveaways In ‘Zenith BETA LIFE’ Promo [DETAILS]

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Zenith Bank Plc, Nigeria’s leading financial institution, has commenced its “Zenith Beta Life” Promo to reward customers of the Bank with gifts every week starting from 31st July 2020 to 30th July 2021.

During this period, fifty (50) customers will be selected via raffle draw each week and rewarded with gifts worth NGN30,000.

The Promo is open to existing and new Zenith Bank customers with the following raffle qualifying criteria:

– maintain a minimum deposit of NGN5,000 for the period;

– request and collect a Zenith Bank Card; and

– download and register on the Zenith Mobile App or register for *966# EazyBanking.

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UBA Reiterates Importance of Small Businesses, Hosts MSME Workshop

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In its continuous bid to support the growth of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) and equip them with the necessary tools aimed at strengthening and sustaining their businessesPan African Financial Institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc is set to organize another MSME Workshop for entrepreneurs.

The workshop which will hold on Wednesday via Microsoft Teams will host professionals who will share their experiences and give essential tips to MSME and business owners on how to their businesses to the next level.

This Workshop which will be in two separate sessions will specifically target financial record keeping in business which has been established as one of the major challenges that business owners face and it promises to be an eye-opener to participants.

The Founder, Accounting Hub, Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze, will take the first session as she gives insights and shares practical knowledge on Bookkeeping and Accounting Basics for Small Businesses, while in the second session, UBA’s Group Head, Tax Management, Emeka Amadi, will take participants through practical steps om Tax Management for Small Businesses.

UBA’s Group Head, Consumer, and Retail Banking, Jude Anele, who spoke on the bank’s deep passion to help small businesses, explained that as the engine of any developing economy, MSMEs should be armed with the necessary tools that will help galvanize their businesses, adding that this necessitated the regular MSME workshops organized by the bank to assist both its customers and non-customers to boost their businesses.

He said, “UBA is committed to the overall growth of its customers beyond banking services, and the bank’s passion is hinged on ensuring that customers and entrepreneurs run businesses that can stand the test of time with the knowledge and experience required to take their businesses to the next level.

“Because of our interest in Businesses and customers, we conceptualized the SME workshop to fill the existing gaps observed in businesses thus assisting them to learn new ways of doing business and how to package their businesses for increased patronage,” Anele noted.

UBA’s Group Head, Marketing & Customer Experience, Michelle Nwoga, said the seminar is open to all business owners and leaders across Nigeria reiterated its importance because of the long-term impact which ranges from strengthened confidence, skills, knowledge, and resources.

Participants who register for the Teams session here, will be trained in record keeping, cost reduction, stock compiling, financial and taxation planning, maximizing opportunities, financial planning, and projections.

Nwoga explained that the bank is on the constant look-out for top business personalities who are able to share their growth strategies with other upcoming business owners, adding, “Our business leaders for this workshop are experienced in every sense of the word and willing to share insight with others on how to grow their business.”

Emeka Amadi is a seasoned Chartered Accounting and Tax professional with14 years’ experience. He has facilitated several seminars and training to Finance professionals and sensitizing SMEs on the importance of Tax and Accounting function in business value creations.

Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze who is the Founder, Accountinghub, a tech-accounting firm, is a Chartered Accountant. She is a recipient of several awards, both academic and entrepreneurial, as well as an amazing speaker and writer.

Kindly register: http://bit.ly/UBA-MSME-Worskhop-Registration

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Heritage Bank Upgrades HB ‘Padie’ Mobile App For Easy Access To Banking Services

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Heritage Bank plc, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider has upgraded its HB ‘Padie’ mobile application to HB ‘Padie’ 2.0, which comes with new improved features for a convenient, quick, secure, and affordable way for seamless 24/7 banking transaction.

The HB ‘Padie’ 2.0 app has been redesigned and relaunched with new improved multi-functional features and game-changing innovation that leverages customers to ease accessibility to funds and improve the standard of living. This is poised to enable customers’ card management in connecting all bank accounts with their Debit Card details or account holder information.

The banking app which is squarely targeted at customers across board and embedded with improved security and self-service features allows the customers to open accounts from the comfort of their zones.

HB ‘Padie’ 2.0 combines digital transactions and community lifestyle payments that empower customers with the power to build their world and perform digital transactions how they want.

The platform possesses numerous benefits, as one of these is an enabler for foreign exchange transfer with speed and convenience you need all in one.

The platform enables customers and small business account holders key into the electronic payment system easily, efficient collections, bills payment, mobile virtual top-up, funds transfer, balance inquiry, and many more.

Other added features include frequent transaction; dashboard flexibility and personalization, which involve profile management-the HB ‘Padie’ 2.0 can be customized by the user by adding any profile picture of choice, whilst the customers can retain and delete beneficiaries without having to repeatedly enter the recipients’ account details.

The HB ‘Padie’ 2.0 platform also allows customers to monitor their spending patterns, as it shows the inflow and outflow of funds on their account.

To further improve banking experience and make access to funds easier, Heritage Bank launched its USSD code *745#.

According to the bank, it does not require a smartphone or data and would induce an improved banking experience.

The bank said to register for the service, customers should dial, *745# account number* last 6 digits on the customer’s debit card# and follow the voice prompt.”
To ensure seamless banking transactions, the bank explained that customers are constantly communicated to, to also adopt its available 24/7 alternate electronic channel.

“We have encouraged our customers to adopt the self-service platforms like *745*0# for balance inquiry, Funds Transfer (Within Heritage Bank): *745*1*Amount*Account Number#, self-airtime recharge: *745*Amount#, third party airtime recharge: *745*Amount*Mobile Number# and change pin: *745*00#.”

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