By Tony Obiechina, Abuja
Jaiz Bank Plc, Nigeria’s premier non-interest (Islamic) bank has recorded another impressive performance in the first half of this year amidst Covid-19 lockdown as it continued to improve its cost efficiency and risk management.
The Bank’s half year results ended June 30, 2020 which was submitted to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed that profits for the period increased from N814.3 million in half year 2019 to N1.171 billion, signifying 43.87 percent increase.
According to a statement by the Bank’s spokesman, Mr Idris Ahmed, the balance sheet size increased by 11.57 percent from ₦167.273 billion as at December 31, 2019 to ₦186.625 billion at the end of June 30, 2020.
The Bank also grew its total income by 29.3 percent from N4.82 billion as at June 2019 to N6.23 billion at the end of June 2020, while earning per share rose by 174.48 percent from ₦1.45 in the first half of 2019 to ₦3.98 in the first half of 2020.
Commenting on its performance, Managing Director of the Bank, Mr. Hassan Usman, said the half year results further demonstrated that the Bank has the capacity to grow sustainably as large number of people are interested in it due to its ethical requirements.
He further assured that while maintaining steady focus on elements that contributed to improved performance thus far, he is hopeful that the Bank will end the year compared to the feat attained in 2019.