Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) yesterday announced N143.67 billion profit before tax in its audited nine months ended September 30, 2021, an increase of about 316 per cent from N34.5billion reported in nine months ended September 30, 2020.
Profit after tax also grew by 916 per cent to N104.51billiion in nine months of 2021 from N10.28billion reported in prior nine months of 2020.
Growth in gross earnings, net investment income, Other operating income and decline in operating expenses were major financial parameters that contributed to the Group’s significant increase in profits amid macro economy challenges where it has branches.
Gross Earnings for the period grew by 12 per cent to N686.8billion in nine months of 2021 from N614.5billlion reported in nine months of 2020.
As net investment income rose by 523 per cent to N5.56billion from loss of N1.3billion in nine months of 2020, Other operating income closed nine months of 2021 at N11.59billion from N3.3billion reported in nine months of 2020.
In addition, total operating expenses dropped by three per cent to close nine months of 2021 at N300.72billion from N292.4billion in nine months of 2020.
The Group CEO, Ecobank, Ade Ayeyemi in a statement said: “We reported strong results, reflecting the continued diligence of Ecobankers in putting our customers first and ensuring that we meet their respective needs.
“For the nine months period up to September 2021, we earned $352 million in pre-tax profit, a 41per cent increase compared to the prior year and revenues of $1.3 billion, a four per cent growth. Hence return on tangible equity increased to 17.9per cent, and we grew the per-share value of our shareholders’ equity by 11per cent to 5.52 US dollar cents.
“These results also demonstrate the hard work invested in driving efficiency in all our businesses in line with our deliberate focus on driving down our cost-toserve, sustain improvement in the quality of our credit portfolio, and strengthen liquidity and capital buffers.”
“As a result, our cost-to-income ratio has been declining consistently quarter on quarter, currently 58.3 per cent. In addition, the stock of nonperforming loans as a percentage of loans outstanding is now at 6.9 per cent compared to 9.9per cent a year ago.
“At the same time, we are proactively building loan reserves, currently at 91.2per dcent of nonperforming loans, close to our near-term target of 100per cent.
“We have boosted the firm’s liquidity profile, thanks to growing customer deposits fueled by an acceleration in digital channel adoption, partnerships with Fintechs, Telcos, and businesses in the Payments Ecosystem,” Ayeyemi added.
“During the quarter, Arise B.V., a major institutional shareholder of ETI made a $75 million Additional Tier 1 (AT1) investment in the firm.
“Adding onto the $350 million Tier 2 Sustainability Note ETI successfully issued to investors in June. The AT1 further improves our Tier 1 capital and double leverage ratio and demonstrates stakeholder confidence in our strategy and business prospects,” Ayeyemi continued.
“Finally, we continue to invest in new digital and mobile capabilities to enhance customer experience, alongside the investments we are making in our people, processes, and controls, to ensure the continued resilience of our business and service delivery to our clients. I am deeply grateful to all our customers and the Ecobank team for the remarkable job,” Ayeyemi added.
The group’s total assets thus grew by five per cent to N10.9trillion as at September 30, 2021 from N10.38trillion in full year ended December 31, 2020.
As loans and advances to customers dropped by one per cent to N3.67trillion from N3.7trillion in 2020 FY, deposits from customers grew by six per cent to N7.79trillion as at September 30, 2021 from N7.32trillion reported in 2020FY.