despite the headwinds and persistently challenging macroeconomic climate.
According to the audited financial results presented to the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) for the fiscal year 2022, the double-digit growth in gross earnings was driven by a 26% year-on-year (YoY) increase in interest and non-interest income.
Interest income increased from N427.6 billion to N540.2 billion, while non-interest income increased by 23% year on year (YoY) from N309 billion to N381 billion.
Profit before tax also grew by two per cent from N280.4 billion to N284.7 billion in the current year.
The increase in profit before tax was due to the significant growth in all the income lines.
Impairments grew by 107 per cent from N59.9 billion to N124.2 billion, while interest expense grew 63 per cent YoY from N106.8 billion to N173.5 billion, respectively.
The impairment growth, which also resulted in an increase in the cost of risk (from 1.9 per in 2021 to 3.3 per cent in the current year), was due to the impact of Ghana’s sovereign debt restructuring programme.
The growth in interest expense increased the cost of funds from 1.5 per centin 2021 to 1.9 per cent in 2022 due to hikes in interest rates globally.
Customer deposits increased by 39 per cent, growing from N6.47 trillion in the previous year to N8.98 trillion in the current year.
The growth in customer deposits came from all products and deposit segments (corporate and retail), thus consolidating the bank’s market leadership and indicating customers’ trust.
The continued elevated yield environment positively impacted the bank’s Net-Interest- Margin (NIM), which grew from 6.7per cent to 7.2 per cent due to an effective repricing of interest- bearing assets. Operating expenses grew by 17 per cent YoY, but growth remains below the inflation rate.
Total assets increased by 30 per cent growing from N9.45 trillion in 2021 to N12.29 trillion, mainly driven by growth in customer deposits.
With the steady and continued recovery in economic activities, the Group prudently grew its gross loans by 20 per cent, from N3.5 trillion in 2021 to N4.1 trillion in 2022, which increased the Non-Performing Loan (NPL) ratio modestly from 4.2 per cent to 4.3 per cent, YoY.
The capital adequacy ratio decreased from 21per cent to 19 per cent while the liquidity ratio improved from 71.2 per cent to 75 per cent. Both prudential ratios are well above regulatory thresholds.
In 2023, the Group intends to expand its frontiers as it also reorganises into a holding company structure, adding new verticals to its businesses and growing in all its chosen markets, both locally and internationally.
As a testament to its commitment to shareholders, the bank has announced a proposed final dividend payout of N2.90 per share, bringing the total dividend to N3.20 per share. (NAN)