Fidelity Bank: Profits Soar by 94% as PBT Hits N20bn In 2017
By Nsikan Ikpe
Fidelity Bank Plc has posted a 94% growth in profits for the year ended December 31, 2017, among other impressive movements and is therefore proposing to pay 11 kobo dividend to shareholders, The Diference has learnt.
Details of the full year audited results for the top Nigerian lender, released on Monday at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), shows impressive growth in all key indices. The performance capped a remarkable 2017FY for the bank which returned to the international capital markets and successfully issued a $400m Eurobond that was over-subscribed by over 200%
Gross Earnings grew by 18.3% to N179.9 bn from N152.0bn in 2016, whilst Profit After Tax (PAT) surged by 93.7% to N18.9 bn compared with N9.7bn recorded in the previous year. Net Interest Income (NIM) increased by 15.4% to N71.5bn in 2017, Net Operating Income rose by 9.9% from N86.0bn to N78.3bn whilst Total Assets grew by 6.2% from N1.3trillion to N1.4 trillion in the period under review.
In other indices, Total Expenses declined by 2.3% to N65.7bn from N67.2bn whilst Liquidity Ratio stood at 35.9% compared with 33.2% in the previous year.
Commenting on the results, Fidelity Bank CEO, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo expressed delight with the performance. According to him, the Bank sustained its performance through disciplined balance sheet management, strategic cost reduction, increased focus on the corporate, commercial, SME segments and continued execution of its retail and digital banking strategy.
“We are delighted at the results, which showed strong growth in key revenue lines, significant traction in our chosen business segments and a corresponding decline in our operating expenses despite the high inflationary environment”, he stated.
According to him, the implementation of initiatives from its Business Process Review Project and the Bank’s digital focus, continued to impact positively on operational efficiency as “total operating expenses declined by 2.3% to N65.7 billion leading to the cost-income ratio dropping to 67.5% from 77.3% in the 2016FY. The combination of the strong net revenue growth of 9.9% to N7.7 billion and the 2.3% decline in total expenses which translated to cost savings of N1.5 billion resulted in our increased profitability”.
Increased digitization has resulted to over 25% of the Bank’s fee-based income as customers’ adoption of its mobile/internet platforms improved to 35% in the 2017FY and led to a 21.0% reduction in vault cash holding. Similarly, the Bank’s retail banking strategy continued to deliver good results. Savings Deposits grew by 15.2% to N178.6bn, accounting for 23.0% of total deposits from 19.5% in the 2016FY. This has improved the Bank’s low-cost deposits ratio to 77.0% of total deposits.
Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged commercial bank operating in Nigeria, with over 3.8 million customers who are serviced across its 240 business offices and various other digital banking channels.
The bank has in recent times won accolades as the Best SME Friendly Bank, Best in Mobile Banking and the Most Improved Corporate/Investment Bank among several industry awards and recognitions. The bank was also ranked the 4th Best Bank in the Retail Banking Segment in the 2017 Banking Industry Satisfaction Survey conducted by KPMG.
Focused on select niche corporate banking sectors as well as Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Fidelity Bank is rapidly implementing a digital based retail banking strategy which has resulted in an exponential growth in savings deposits over the last 3 years and a corresponding surge in customer enrollment on the bank’s flagship mobile/internet banking products.
Ranked amongst the top 10 in the Nigerian banking industry, Fidelity Bank has presence in the major cities and commercial centres in Nigeria and has correspondent banking, confirmation lines, credit and other relationships with a network of off-shore finance institutions.
Over the years, the bank has been reputed for integrity and professionalism. It is also respected for the quality and stability of its Executive management team that is focused on building and maintaining a virile and well-respected brand to cater to the needs of its growing retail, corporate, commercial and consumer banking clientele.