FCMB Group Plc has recorded an increase in Profit Before Tax (PBT) to N22billion in its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2020, as against N20.1 billion for the same period in 2019.
Following this, the Group has declared a dividend of 15 kobo per share to shareholders compared to 14 kobo per share in 2019.
The FCMB Group in the year under review reported gross revenue increased to N199.4 billion, a 10 per cent increase from N181.3 billion achieved in 2019.
The financial results showed enhanced customers confidence in FCMB, as deposits grew by 33 per cent to N1.3trillion from N943.1billion in the previous year. Loans and advances surged by 15 per cent to N822.8 billion as of December 2020.
Also, the total assets of the Group increased by 23 per cent to N2.06 trillion last year.
Moreover, FCMB Group’s net interest income rose by 20 per cent to N90.8 billion for the full year 2020 from N76.0 billion in 2019. Non-interest income equally increased to N37.8 billion, representing a 9 per cent growth, as against N34.8 billion prior year.
The Group’s Assets Under Management (AUM) also sustained its growth trajectory by rising to N495.2 billion for the year ended December 2020, up by 23per cent.
Similarly, the capital adequacy ratio remained stable at 17.7 per cent for the retail and commercial banking subsidiary of the Group (that is, First City Monument Bank, which has a customer base of almost 8 million).
The capital adequacy ratio of 17.7 per cent is above the benchmark set by the Central Bank of Nigeria for deposit money banks in the country. The liquidity ratio of the Bank stood at 34.2 per cent as of the end of the financial year 2020, indicating that the financial institution is in a very healthy position. Non-performing loans to total loans ratio stood at a modest 3.3 per cent.
Analysts have already expressed broadly positive views on FCMB’s 2020 financial results. An analyst described it as very encouraging.
A financial expert stated that the 2020 results of the Group was a strong indication that the business is on a stronger pedestal with the capacity to deliver more value to shareholders, the market and other stakeholders.
FCMB Group, which is a holding company divided into three business groups; Commercial and Retail Banking (First City Monument Bank Limited, Credit Direct Limited, FCMB (UK) Limited and FCMB Microfinance Bank Limited); Corporate & Investment Banking (The Corporate Banking Division of the Bank, FCMB Capital Markets Limited and CSL Stockbrokers Limited) and Investment Management (FCMB Pensions Limited, FCMB Asset Management Limited and FCMB Trustees Limited), also reported appreciable growth in other key operating areas.