One of Nigeria’s top performing lenders Fidelity Bank Plc has posted a 3.5 per cent improved gross earnings of N155.0 billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2016 and is proposing to pay a dividend of 14kobo per share to shareholders.
The full year audited results for the money deposit bank, released over the weekend at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), bettered the N146 billion achieved in the corresponding period in 2015.
In other performance indices, net interest income grew by 1.7 per cent from N60.9billion to N61.9billion, whilst total deposits, a measure of customer confidence, grew by three per cent , rising from N769.6 billion in 2015 FY 2015 to N793.0 billion.
Similarly total assets increased by 5.4 per cent to N1,298.1billion from N1,231.7billion in the corresponding year. Profits however were moderated in the period under review by the one-off staff cost incurred during the year. Consequently PBT stood at N11.1billion down from N14billion in FY2015.
“Our financial performance in FY2016 reflects the sound fundamentals of our evolving business model as we continued with the disciplined execution of our medium-term strategy which positions the business for improved and sustainable profitability” said the Fidelity Bank CEO, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo.
He explained that profits dipped due to the cost of N4.8billion cost incurred as Fidelity Bank discontinued its legacy gratuity and retirement scheme. “Excluding this one-off charge, PBT for the year would have been at N15.8billion” he stated.
Meanwhile, Fidelity Bank’s retail and electronic banking strategy has continued to deliver impressive results with savings deposits growing by 30.1 per cent to N155.0billion while customer enrollments on its flagship Instant Banking (*770#) and Online Banking products grew by over 200 per cent leading to a 44.6 per cent growth in net e-banking revenues to N7.5billion. This performance he said was “driven by the upgrade of our core banking system which provides a superior architecture that enhanced our operational efficiency and deepened our electronic banking capabilities.”