Foremost Nigerian Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, has released its audited financial results for the December 2012 financial year to operators of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and reported a Profit Before Tax of N103 billion, the highest for any Nigerian Bank.
According to analysts at the Nigerian bourse, this performance and an in-depth analysis of the results, which were recently approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria, confirm GTBank as the first and only Nigerian bank to cross the N100 billion Profit Before Tax milestone from Continuing Operations at both Bank and Group levels.
The Group’s results also show improved Gross Earnings of N221.9 billion, 66 per cent growth in Profit Before Tax to N103 billion (2011: N66.08 billion) and 69 per cent improvement in Profit After Tax to N87.3 billion; (2011: N51.7 billion),
The Bank closed the 2012 financial year with an On-Balance Sheet size of N1.73 trillion (2011: N1.608 trillion) while Total Assets and Contingents stood at N2.26 trillion (2011: N2.14 trillion) representing a growth of 8 per cent and.6 per cent respectively.
Further analysis shows that deposit liabilities of the Group grew by 12 per cent to N1.15 trillion in 2012, reflecting a decent growth of N120 billion from the N1.03 trillion closing position in the corresponding period of 2011.
This growth in customer deposits fuelled the increase in the loan book as Net loans and Advances closed at N783.9 billion, translating to a growth of 11 per cent over the N707.05 billion in the comparative period of 2011.
Shareholders’ funds increased from N230.4 billion in 2011 to N283.4 billion in 2012.
In terms of asset quality, the bank also impressed as Non Performing Loans ratio stood at 3.4 per cent compared to 3.5 per cent in 2011, while Cost-to-Income ratio improved significantly to 42.7 per cent from 52.9 per cent in 2011.
On the backdrop of this strong operating performance, Return on Equity and Return on Assets closed at 33.9 per cent and 5.2 per cent from the 23.2 per cent and 3.7 per cent recorded in 2011, respectively.
The Bank’s stance as an upstanding social citizen and commitment to full disclosure was further evidenced by its 2012 tax liabilities, which came to over N16.3 billion. The total dividend payment for the financial year is projected at N45.62 billion (N1.55 per ordinary share of 0.50 kobo each).
Commenting on the results, Segun Agbaje, the Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, attributed the Bank’s success to its adherence to a defined growth plan, high corporate governance standards and the cultural values for which it is known.
Agbaje said these factors, coupled with a resourceful board, an in-depth understanding of the market and the passion of GTBank employees have enabled the Bank grow market share and continue to avail its stakeholders with value adding services.
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc was established in 1990 and is regarded by industry watchers as the best run financial institution within the Nigerian Financial Services space, due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation.
The Bank operates from over 200 branches within the country and has banking subsidiaries in Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom.
In recognition of its service standards, management quality and financial performance, the Bank has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years that most recently include the Best Bank in Nigeria Award for the fourth consecutive year from Euromoney Magazine and the Best Bank in Nigeria Award from EMEA Finance.
Agbaje was also lately recognized as 2012 African Banker of the Year.