Management of the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) Plc has released the bank financial statement of the year through the trading floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)which shown profit after tax rose from N99.436 billion in 2015 to N132 billion while profit before tax stood at N165.14 billion, representing a growth of 37 per cent over N120.69 billion recorded in 2015. A further analysis of the performance showed that GTBank’s loan book grew by 16 per cent from N1.373 trillion in 2015 to N1.590 trillion in 2016, just as total deposits grew by 29 per cent to N2.111trillion from N1.637trillion in 2015.
Analysis of the financial statement shows that gross earnings of N414.62 billion for the year ended December 31, 2016, showing an increase of 37 per cent from N301.85 billion in 2015 which was driven primarily by growth in interest income as well as foreign exchange income.
Shareholders of the Bank are to get 175 kobo as final cash dividend for the financial year ended December 31, 2016 on approval during the AGM. The bank has already paid an interim dividend of 25 kobo, bringing the total dividend for the year to 200. Closure date for the dividend is March 29, 2017, while payment and Annual General Meeting (AGM) is April 7, 2017.
In all, total assets and contingents stood at N3.70 trillion and shareholders’ funds of N504.9 billion. GTBank’s non-performing loans remained low and within regulatory threshold at 3.66 per cent with adequate coverage of 131.79 per cent. Capital remains strong with capital adequacy ratio (CAR) of 19.79 per cent, while return on equity (ROAE) and return on assets (ROAA) closed at 35.96 per cent and 5.85 per cent respectively.
Commenting on the financial results, the Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Segun Agbaje, said: “The bank’s financial performance in 2016, does not only reflect the resilience of our franchise, it demonstrates the fundamental strength of our businesses to deliver sustainable long-term growth. We successfully navigated the heightened economic uncertainty and regulatory headwinds which dominated the year to deliver a solid performance across all financial and non-financial indices.
Agbaje further said “We are transforming our organization into a platform for enriching lives by positioning ourselves at the centre of an extended ecosystem that offers our stakeholders, benefits beyond banking. We also remain committed to maximising shareholders’ value and delivering superior and sustainable return, guided by our founding values of hard work, discipline and integrity.”