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Zenith Bank posts N405b gross earnings in six months

World Finance Awards: Zenith Bank wins best commercial bank

Zenith Bank Plc has recorded N405 billion gross earnings in the first half of 2022, the bank announced yesterday.

Its half-year audited results for the period ended June 30, 2022 showed an astounding double-digit growth of 17 per cent in gross earnings to N405 billion, higher than N346 billion reported in the first half of 2021.

According to the bank’s audited half-year financial results presented to the Nigerian Exchange (NGX), this growth was underpinned by a 19 per cent  year-on-year growth in interest income from N204 billion to N242 billion and an 18 per cent year-on-year growth in non-interest income from N127 billion to N149 billion.

The bank achieved these feats despite a very challenging macroeconomic environment, a clear demonstration of its industry leadership and consistency in providing superior financial returns.

The growth in interest income was driven by the modest increase in the loan book and improved interest margins. The increase in non-interest income attests to the Group’s success in its income diversification strategy.

Profit before tax (PBT) grew 11 per cent year-on-year from N117 billion to N130 billion. Earnings per share (EPS) also grew from N3.38 to N3.55 over the same six-month period.

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The Group also recorded an 11 per cent year-to-date increase in total customer deposits to close the period at N7.15 trillion. The retail strategy of the Group continues to deliver outstanding results as retail deposits grew by 17 per cent year to date  from N1.82 trillion to N2.13 trillion. Retail activities also supported the growth recorded in fees on electronic products which grew by 45 per cent year-on-year from N17 billion to N25 billion.

Despite the elevated yield environment, the cost of funds increased only marginally from 1.3 per cent in June 2021 to 1.4 per cent in June 2022. The increase in the cost of funds was lower than the increase in yields on interest-generating assets, giving rise to an improved Net Interest Margin (NIM) of 7.1 per cent from 6.4 per cent in June 2021.

Total assets rose to N10.12 trillion at the end of June 2022 from N9.45 trillion at the end of December 2021. Despite the headwinds imposed by the operating environment, the Group grew its risk assets as gross loans grew by five per cent year-to-date, from N3.5 trillion to N3.7 trillion.

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This was achieved at a moderate non-performing loan ratio of 4.4 per cent as against   4.2 per cent in the 2021 financial year and cost of risk of 1.4 per cent compared with 1.3 per cent in June 2021.

Prudential ratios such as liquidity and capital adequacy also remained stable and well-above regulatory thresholds at 60.5 per cent and 21 per cent.

The Group is focused on advancing its digital banking strategy anchored on a strong technology base, and intends to consolidate on the gains achieved in prior years across all business segments. Combined with the Group’s industry leadership, we expect this to drive improved performance and deliver enhanced returns to stakeholders.

Zenith Bank’s track record of excellent performance has continued to earn the brand numerous awards, including being recognised as Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital, for the 13th consecutive year, in the 2022 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking published by The Banker Magazine.

Zenith Bank also emerged Best Bank in Nigeria, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, in the Global Finance World’s Best Banks Awards; Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria 2021 and 2022 in the World Finance Banking Awards; Best Corporate Governance Bank, Nigeria in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards 2022; Best in Corporate Governance ‘Financial Services’ Africa, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, by the Ethical Boardroom.

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The bank also won the Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria and Best Innovation In Retail Banking, Nigeria in the International Banker 2022 Banking Awards.  Also, the Bank emerged as the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria in the Banker Magazine Top 500 Banking Brands 2020 and 2021, Bank of the Year (Nigeria) in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2020 and Retail Bank of the year at the BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BOFI) Awards 2020 and 2021.

Similarly, Zenith Bank was honoured as Bank of the Decade (People’s Choice) at the ThisDay Awards 2020 and emerged winner in four categories at the Sustainability, Enterprise, and Responsibility (SERAS) Awards 2021, carting home the awards for “Best Company in Reporting and Transparency”, “Best Company in Infrastructure Development”, “Best Company in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment”, and the coveted “Most Responsible Organisation in Africa.

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