Stanbic IBTC, a member of Standard Bank Group, has announced its nine months unaudited financial results for the period ended 30 September 2022.
While reporting a total gross earnings of N207.4 billion, representing a 41% increase (9M 2021: N146.6 billion) with return on average equity (annualised) up 19.2%, supported by lower credit impairment charges and operating expenses when compared with the second quarter, the bank’s total assets increased by 8% to ₦2.95 trillion (December 2021: ₦2.74 trillion).
Gross loans and advances up 23% to ₦1.17 trillion (December 2021: ₦946.25 billion and the non-performing loan to total loan ratio of 2.6%(December 2021: 2.1%).
Also customer deposits increased by 1% to ₦1.14 trillion (December 2021: ₦1.13 trillion), deposit mix improved to 73.1% (December 2021: 66.0%) of current-and savings-accounts deposits to total deposits.
The bank grew net interest income by 48% to N79.66 billion (9M 2021: N54.0 billion). Non-interest revenue also shot up by 36% to N94.40 billion, (9M 2021: N69.25 billion). Total operating income stood at N174.06 billion, up 41% (9M 2021: N123.25 billion) while Profit before tax toped N68.95 billion, up 52% (9M 2021: N45.31 billion).
Profit after tax stood N55.19 billion, up 38% (9M 2021: N39.95 billion) and it recorded cost to income ratio of 56.1% (9M 2021: 64.3%) with return on average asset stood (annualised) at 2.5%.
Similarly, the Bank’s total assets increased by 8% to N2.95 trillion from N2.74 trillion in December 2021. Gross loans and advances up went up by 23% to N1.17 trillion (December 2021: N946.25 billion) while it recorded Non-performing loan to total loan ratio of 2.6% (December 2021: 2.1%).
The Group continued to maintain an adequate level of capital during the period. The Group’s total capital adequacy ratio closed at 19.2% (Bank: 14.9%) which is significantly higher than the 11% minimum regulatory requirement. The Group also maintained a strong and diversified funding base during the first nine months of 2022.
The Group’s liquidity ratio was above the 30% regulatory minimum requirement, indicating the Group’s commitment to meeting its liquidity obligations in a timely manner.
The Group also maintained its Fitch AAA (nga) rating, reflecting its stable financial outlook and strong credit worthiness.
Commenting on the results, Dr Demola Sogunle, Chief Executive Stanbic IBTC said “We continue to witness growth in our client franchise and key income lines. The Group’s profitability increased by 57% QoQ, largely attributable to impressive growth in net interest income and other revenue sources. This was supported by lower credit impairment charges and operating expenses when compared with the second quarter.
The uplift in net interest income resulted from increase in the volume and yield on risk assets as we sustained our loan growth performance.
In addition, trading revenue grew by 47% QoQ following the increase in trading activities during the third quarter.
Sustained focus on cost optimisation led to 8% QoQ decline in our operating expenses. As such, our cost-to income ratio improved to 56.1% from 59.9% in the first half of the year, and 64.3% in the prior year.
“We kicked-off the third quarter with the implementation of initiatives to deliver top notch services to our customers by leveraging digital technology.
“We entered into a partnership to enhance the Stanbic IBTC SME Banking platform by providing seamless payroll and salary management services to SME Banking customers.
The digital module of the solution is now embedded on Stanbic IBTC’s SME online platform and offers value added services such as free HR services to SME customers for the first three months, salary payment of remote employees while staying compliant to local laws, provision of financial data with detailed analytics, amongst others.
“We have also seen an increase in the uptake of our customer loyalty programme, PlusRewards which provides exclusive discount offers to Stanbic IBTC card holders at select merchant stores.
“Our Business clients can also sign up for the scheme as merchants and enjoy benefits such as free Stanbic IBTC point of sale (POS) devices, free marketing opportunities as well as access to Stanbic IBTC’s client base.
“Being a client-focused organisation, this will enable us to strengthen the relationship with our customers.
“As an Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) driven organisation, we do not relent in achieving our sustainability goals. 37 of our office locations currently run on solar powered energy solutions and we have recycled 6.6 tonnes of waste papers in return for tissue papers year-to-date as we continue to support the global reduction of carbon emissions.
“During the quarter, we disbursed credit facilities of over N504mn to support educational service providers in Nigeria and disbursed about N4.73bn credit facilities to 861 SME clients.
“We have also modified three additional office locations and 10 offsite ATM locations for accessibility to the physically challenged. Hence, 134 office locations and 97 offsite ATM locations have been modified so far.
“We remain committed towards growing our key metrics over the rest of the year and achieving our FY 2022 guidance.”