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UBA Delivers Double-Digit Growth In Gross Earnings As Profit Hits N132bn

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UBA Redeems USD500 Million 5-year Eurobond

…Gross Earnings Crosses N600bn Mark

…Proposes Final Dividend of N0.35k

Pan-African financial institution, United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) has announced its audited results for the full-year ended December 31, 2020, recording impressive growth across its top and bottom lines.

The 2020 audited financials filed at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday, showed that the bank’s gross earnings grew by 10.8 percent to N620.4 billion, compared to N559.8 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2019. The bank’s total assets also grew by 37.0 percent to N7.7 trillion for the year under review.

Despite the challenging business environment during the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant effect on economies globally, the bank’s Profit Before Tax was impressive at N131.9 billion, compared to N111.3 billion at the end of the 2019 financial year. In the same vein, the Profit After Tax rose remarkably by 27.7 percent to N113.8 billion compared to N89.1 billion recorded at the end of the 2019 financial year.

On the cost side, Operating Expenses grew by 10.1 percent to N249.8 billion, as against N217.2 billion in 2019, well below average inflation rate of 13.2 per cent for the year, thus reflecting the bank’s cost effectiveness.

In its usual tradition of rewarding shareholders, the bank proposed a final dividend of N0.35 kobo for every ordinary share of 50 kobo. The final dividend, which is subject to the affirmation of the shareholders at its Annual General Meeting, will bring the total dividend for the year to N0.52kobo as the bank had paid an interim dividend of N0.17 kobo earlier in the year.

UBA recorded a remarkable 24 percent growth (to N2.6 trillion) in loans to customers, whilst customer deposits increased by 48.1 percent to N5.7 trillion, compared to N3.8 trillion recorded in the corresponding period of 2019, reflecting increased customer confidence, enhanced customer experience, successes from the ongoing business transformation programme and the further deepening of its retail banking franchise.

Commenting on the result, the Group Managing Director/CEO, Kennedy Uzoka noted that the year 2020 was important for UBA Group, as it gained further market share in most of its countries of operation.

He said, “We ended a very challenging year on a reassuring note. The bank recorded double-digit growth in both our top and bottom lines, as gross earnings and after-tax profit grew by 10.8% and 27.7% to N620.4billion and N113.8 billon respectively. Return on equity was 17.2%, even as our cost-to-income ratio moderated to 61.3%. Our earnings per share of N3.20 is a 26.8% growth from the preceding year, as we continue to ensure maximum value creation for our highly esteemed shareholders.”

Continuing, Uzoka said, “Despite the tumultuous impact of Covid-19 pandemic globally and across our 23 countries of operation, we created N519.0 billion additional loans as we continued to support our customers and their businesses. Customer deposits grew 48.1% to N5.7 trillion, driven primarily by additional N1.8 trillion in retail deposits. As a global bank, we remain well capitalized and determined to successfully drive financial inclusion on the continent through our innovative products and vast network. Our capital adequacy and liquidity ratios came in at 22.4% and 44.3%, well above the respective regulatory minimum of 15.0% and 30.0%.

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Speaking on the bank’s strategy, he said, “Our primary strategy will continue to focus on providing excellent services from our customers’ standpoint, putting the customer first always. Looking ahead, I am inspired by the achievements we have made since the launch of our transformation programme. We have expanded market share considerably across the geographies where we operate and are consolidating our digital banking leadership in Africa. We will continue to leverage our diversified business model and dedicated workforce to further strengthen our position as ‘Africa’s Global Bank’.”

On the performance, the Group Chief Financial Official, Ugo Nwaghodoh said, “The persistent low interest rate environment in 2020 exerted significant downward pressure on margins. Notwithstanding, our interest income for the year grew by 5.7% (to N427.9 billion), driven by 8.2% and 7.5% year-on-year growth on interest income on loans and investment securities respectively. Our interest expense declined by 8% (to N168.4billion) driven largely by a 34.2% decline in interest expense on customer deposits in our Nigerian operations, bringing down the Group’s cost of funds to 2.9%, from 4% in 2019.

Nwaghodoh said, “We have prudently stepped up our reserves for loan impairments, hence the 37.4% YoY growth to N22.4billion, implying a 0.9% cost of risk. These reserves provide adequate cover for impairments and should help minimise the need for further reserves in the current year, in view of the improving global operating environment. Our NPL ratio has declined to 4.7% (from 5.3% in 2019), driven by growth in the loan book, robust credit risk monitoring architecture, and payment of Past Due Obligations (PDOs).”

The CFO added that as Nigeria continues to see signs of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic led by resumption of economic activities across the globe, increase in consumer spending, and continued progress on vaccine deployment, UBA is well-positioned for greater synergy across the Group. “We remain committed to our prudent risk management practices, and optimistic of best value for our stakeholders in the days ahead,” he added.

United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty-one million customers, across over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 20 African countries. With presence in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail; commercial and corporate banking; innovative cross-border payments and remittances; trade finance and ancillary banking services.

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NBS Puts Rate Of Inflation In One Month At 19.64%

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NBS Puts Rate Of Inflation In One Month At 19.64%

Inflation rate rose to 19.64 per cent in July 2022 from 18.60 per cent in June 2022, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

It was 1.82% increase from that of the previous month, said the Bureau in its report titled “CPI July 2022.”

The report noted the highest increases were recorded in prices of gas, liquid fuel, solid fuel, passenger, transport by road, passenger transport by air, garments, cleaning, repair and hire of clothing.

Inflation rate which measures Composite Price Index (CPI) was the highest since September 2005.

The report said: “In July 2022, on a year –on- year basis, the headline inflation rate was 19.64%,” It added that “This was 2.27% points higher compared to the rate recorded in July 2021, which was (17.3%).

It added that on a month-on-month basis, the headline inflation rate in July 2022 was 1.817 %, which was 0.001% higher than the rate recorded in June 2022 (1.816 %).

The NBS said the percentage change in the average CPI for the twelve months period ending July 2022 over the average of the CPI for the previous twelve months period was 16.75%, showing a 0.46% increase compared to 16.30% recorded in July 2021.

According to the report, increases were recorded in all Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP) functions and all-items basis.

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It added that on a year-on-year basis, in the month of July 2022, the urban inflation rate was 20.09%, this was 2.08% higher compared to 18.01% recorded in July 2021.

The report noted that on a month-on-month basis, the urban inflation rate was 1.82% in July 2022, this was a 0.0002% decline compared to June 2022 (1.82%).

It said in July 2022, food inflation on a year-on-year basis was highest in Kwara (29.28%), Akwa Ibom (27.22%), and Kogi (26.08%), while Kaduna (17.16%), Jigawa (17.46%) and Anambra (19.25%) recorded the slowest rise on year-on-year food inflation.

The bureau said on a month-on-month basis, July 2022 food inflation was highest in Kwara (3.90%), Delta (3.61%), and Benue (2.94%), while Taraba (0.14%), Gombe (0.94%), and Niger (1.13%) recorded the slowest rise on month-on-month inflation.

 

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Debt Profile Under Buhari Worrisome – CBN

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Nigeria’s increasing debt profile under President Muhammadu Buhari is a source of worry to the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) .

This was disclosed in a communique by the CBN’s monetary policy committee  released on Wednesday.

“The committee noted the Federal Government’s increasing debt profile and expressed concerns over debt sustainability given that global uncertainties remain elevated”, the apex said.

The financial regulator urged the federal government to take on urgent measures to cope with debt burden.

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“The MPC thus reiterated its call to the Federal Government to urgently diversify its revenue sources through various initiatives, such as, the development of a viable tax framework for the extractive and mineral export industries, to strengthen its fiscal buffers.”

As at March 2022, Nigeria’s total public debt hit N41.60 trillion, according to the Debt Management Office.

The Buhari regime has often rebuffed concern about its acute borrowings, justifying that the funds are invested in capital projects with lasting impact.

 

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BREAKING: CBN Raises Interest Rate To 14% To Tame Rising Inflation

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BREAKING: CBN Raises Interest Rate To 14% To Tame Rising Inflation

As a measure to tame rising inflation, the policy-setting committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has raised the monetary policy rate (MPR), which measures interest rate, from 13 percent to 14 percent.

The monetary policy rate (MPR) is the baseline interest rate in an economy, every other interest rate used within an economy is built on it.

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Addressing journalists on Tuesday after the committee’s meeting at the CBN headquarters in Abuja, Godwin Emefiele, governor of the apex bank, said the hike in interest rate would help tame rising inflation.

 

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