In its unaudited results for the half year ended 30th June 2023, Wema Bank has reportedly achieved an improved performance including Gross Earnings of ₦89.09bn, a Year-on-Year increase of 49% (H1 2022: ₦59.59bn).
The commercial bank interest income up 53% y/y to ₦76.11bn as against ₦49.75bn earned in H1 2022. The bank also noted the non-interest income up 32% y/y to ₦12.98bn (H1 2022: ₦9.85bn) while profit before tax (PBT) was ₦12.05bn a y/y increase of 97% over the ₦6.13bn reported in H1 2022 and its profit after tax (PAT) also increased y/y by 97% to ₦10.48bn (₦5.30bn in H1 2022).
The bank grew its deposit year to date by 19% as at H1 2023 to ₦1,392.85bn from ₦1,165.93bn reported in FY 2022. Loans and Advances also grew by 20% to ₦627.01bn in H1 2023 from ₦521.43bn in FY, 2022.
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Commenting on the result, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the bank, Mr. Moruf Oseni said, ‘Our H1 2023 results saw significant upsides with profit before and after tax growing strongly by about 97%. The management team at Wema Bank is focused on driving the execution of our current corporate strategy. Our embrace of technology is helping us deliver seamless best in class services while offering compelling value propositions to customers. Hence, we are seeing record breaking returns across board. Finally, we continue to see improvements in our corporate, commercial, and retail businesses as evidenced by our strong loan growth.’
Also speaking on the result, the Managing Director communicated that, with the improved stability in the operating environment, the Banks earlier approved Rights Issuance will be commencing this 3rd quarter of 2023.
“It has been a good half year performance for Wema Bank with gross earnings growing by 49% year on year and earnings per share at 163.0 kobo,”. In addition, our cost to income ratio at 72.71% has witnessed significant improvement from the previous period.
“We have also succeeded in making Wema Bank an integral part of the Fintech ecosystem in Nigeria with our ubiquitous fintech infrastructure support play”.