Guaranty Trust Bank plc has released its unaudited financial results for the 3rd quarter ended September 30, 2017, to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges.
A review of the 3rd quarter performance shows positive growth across all key financial metrics and improved strategic positioning of the brand. Despite non-recurrence of significant FX revaluation gain during the period, the Bank reported an impressive Profit before tax of ₦150.03billion, representing a growth of 9% from ₦137.99billion recorded in the corresponding period of September 2016. Increase in PBT is primarily from 36% growth in interest income.
The Bank closed the third quarter ended September 2017 with Total Assets of ₦3.213trillion and Shareholders’ Funds of ₦581.91billion. The Bank’s loan book contracted by 10% from ₦1.590trillion recorded in December 2016 to ₦1.428trillion in September 2017 due to conscious effort to de-risk the balance sheet and unwinding (pay-down) of trade obligations. In terms of asset quality, the Bank’s non-performing loans remained low at 3.93% with adequate Coverage ratio of 212.7%. Cost of risk moderated to 0.53% from 3.66% of comparative period of September 2016. On the backdrop of this result, Post-Tax Return on Equity (ROE) and Post-Tax Return on Assets (ROA) stood at 30.81% and 5.29% respectively.
Commenting on the Bank’s financial results, Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director/CEO said that, “Given the progress we made in the first half of the year, we came into the second half with the objective of remaining focused on our core strategy of serving the full value chain of our customers’ needs whilst maintaining high standards of customer service.
He further stated that “As the Bank continues to drive innovation around mobile technology, we will continue to enhance our digital channels in order to make it easy for our customers to use and access our products and services, whilst positioning our Bank as a platform for enriching lives that provides customers with benefits beyond banking.”