Zenith Bank’s Pre-tax Profit Hits N180bn 

Zenith Bank’s Pre-tax Profit Hits N180bn 

This is a 1% increase over the N177 billion reported in the same time previous year.

Zenith Bank also stated in a statement on Sunday that due to increases in current account maintenance fees and electronic items, its gross earnings increased by 2% from N509 billion in Q3 2020 to N519 billion in Q3 2021.

“Despite persisting economic uncertainty, the group grew its net earnings through a reduction in the cost of capital while keeping the cost of risk flat—this improved earnings per share by 1% to NGN5.1,” according to the statement.

“The group achieved a nine per cent growth in interest income from loans and advances on the back of an increase in gross loans of nine per cent year to date and enhanced efficiency, resulting in a 21 per cent drop in interest expense to N74bn from N94bn. This culminated in growth in net interest income of four per cent, from N225bn recorded at the end of Q3 2020 to N235bn in the current period.

“Total assets also increased by three per cent to N8.8tn in the current period, while total deposits grew by 13 per cent to close at N6tn from N5.3tn as of 31 December 2020, with a substantial contribution from retail deposits.”

The bank noted that there was a decrease in its cost of funds to 1.4 per cent from 2.2 per cent YoY, due to its focus on increasing retail deposits in the past three years.

“For the year’s final quarter, management’s outlook remains positive, buoyed by a declining inflationary trend, expected increase in foreign exchange inflows, and improving oil production. The group remains focused on increasing its retail market share, consolidating its leadership position in the corporate segment and maintaining a robust balance sheet,” the bank added.

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