Union Bank of Nigeria Plc., one of Nigeria’s long-standing and most respected financial institutions has announced its unaudited results for the half year ended 30th June 2016.
The Bank’s financial highlights for the half year:
• Profit before tax (PBT) of ₦9.1bn (₦10.2bn in H1 2015); excluding gain on sale of subsidiaries, PBT is up 23% to ₦8.3bn (₦6.7 in H1 2015).
• Gross earnings up 3% to ₦59.0bn (₦57.1bn in H1 2015); excluding gain on sale of subsidiaries*, gross earnings increased by 9% to ₦58.2bn (₦53.7bn in H1 2015).
• Interest income up 3% to ₦43.3bn (₦41.9bn in H1 2015). Improved asset yields: 16.1% in H1 2016 from 14.6% in H1 2015.
• Interest expense down 20% to ₦13.4bn (₦16.6bn in H1 2015). Continued optimisation of funding costs, resulting in a reduction in primary cost of funds to 4.8% in H1 2016, from 6.3% in H2 2015 and 6.3% in H1 2015.
• Non-interest revenue up 3% to ₦15.7bn (₦15.2bn in H1 2015); excluding gain on sale of subsidiaries, up 27% to ₦14.9bn (₦11.8bn in H1 2015), driven by e-business fees, gain on securities trading and some revaluation gains.
• Operating expenses of ₦28.0bn (₦27.3bn in H1 2015); in line with planned investments in technology and network infrastructure.
• Customer deposits up 6% to ₦604.5bn (₦569.1bn Dec 2015); expanded/improved service offerings continue to generate customer confidence.
• Gross loans up 33% to ₦491.9bn (₦370.9bn Dec 2015); core volume growth of 13% to ₦417.6bn; additional growth to ₦491.9bn driven by the impact of currency devaluation on foreign currency loans.
Commenting on the Bank’s half year results, Emeka Emuwa, Chief Executive Officer said:
“Our sustained focus on executing Union Bank’s strategic transformation objectives during the first half of 2016 has delivered growth in our core business, notwithstanding a difficult economic environment.
The Bank recorded 9% year-on-year growth in core gross earnings, driven primarily by balance sheet optimisation. With the combination of an improved retail portfolio of product and service offerings, securities trading and efficient cost management, the Bank was able to deliver ₦8.2bn in core PBT, up 23% when compared to ₦6.7bn in the same period in 2015.
Our core business remains resilient in these challenging times and we maintain our commitment to delivering value to all our stakeholders. We also remain confident that our profit retention strategy will adequately support the Bank’s medium term growth objectives, and continue to strengthen our risk management to mitigate risk and losses.”
Speaking further on the Bank numbers, Chief Financial Officer, Oyinkan Adewale said:
“We are pleased that our focus on building the business fundamentals is yielding significant value across the Bank. With increasing consumer confidence in our products and services, we have increased our low cost deposits, making us less reliant on more expensive alternative funding sources. This has led to a 20% reduction in cost of funds year-on-year. We are also seeing impact on non-interest revenue, which grew during the period. Excluding one-time gains on sale of subsidiaries, non-interest revenue is up by 27% to ₦14.9bn in H1 2016 compared to H1 2015.
Notwithstanding an inflationary environment, our operating costs remain in line with expectations, as our investments in technology continue to yield improved efficiency across the Bank.
Our liquidity ratio, at 39%, remains well in excess of the regulatory minimum. With a coverage ratio of 188%, we believe that the loan book is well provisioned, given the current economic climate.”