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FCMB Group proposes 50kobo dividend as full year profit soars by186%

FCMB Group proposes 50kobo dividend as full year profit soars by186%

FCMB Group recorded profit before tax of N104.4 billion for the year ended December 31, 2023. The record profit represents 186 percent year-on-year (YoY) increase compared to N36.6 billion in 2022.

It grew earnings across its business segments: Banking Group ( 212.6 percent ), Consumer Finance (67.3 percent), Investment Management (40 percent), and Investment Banking (89.7 percent).

For the year under review, FCMB Group has also proposed a dividend of 50 kobo per share for its shareholders

Leveraging its core banking business, the Group facilitated over $700 million and $100 million in export and remittance flows into Nigeria, respectively, as at December 2023.

In safeguarding the environment, it switched six additional branches of its retail and commercial banking subsidiary (First City Monument Bank Limited) from grid/diesel generators to solar power last year, taking the number of branches running on renewable energy to 160, which represents 78% of total branches. In addition, the Bank secured funding of up to N13 billion from local development finance institutions for on-lending to customers requiring solar energy solutions to further support its commitment to driving renewable energy.

FCMB’s customer base grew by 15.6 percent YoY from 10.9 million to 12.5 million for the period ended December 2023, whilst users of its mobile app that offers lending, wealth and payment solutions grew by 31 percent YoY to 3.4 million.

Similarly, the Bank’s agency banking network grew to over 164,000 agents. With an enlarged customer base, an expanded distribution platform, and the use of artificial intelligence to automate and optimise loan underwriting processes, the Group successfully disbursed over 1.5 million loans worth N100.8 billion to individuals, N14.4 billion to micro-enterprises and N177.9 billion to SMEs during the period.

The results also showed gross revenue of N516.4 billion for the period ended December 2023, an 82.5 percent growth from N283 billion for the same period the prior year. Net interest income grew by 44.8 percent from N122 billion in 2022 to N176.6 billion in 2023. Customer confidence in FCMB remained strong, as deposits rose by 58.5 percent YoY from N1.94 trillion to N3.08 trillion, just as loans and advances grew by 54 percent from N1.20 trillion to N1.84 trillion.

The Group’s total assets increased by 48.3 percent from N2.98 trillion to N4.42 trillion at the end of December 2023.

Commenting on the results, Ladi Balogun, Group Chief Executive of FCMB Group Plc said: “We continue to leverage our unique Group structure to build a technology-driven ecosystem that is fostering inclusive and sustainable growth in the communities we serve. This strategy is enabling us to deliver robust performance in spite of the challenging domestic and global environment. Barring unforeseen circumstances, we believe this trend will be sustained and accompanied by improving efficiencies arising from greater scale and ongoing digitisation”.

FCMB Group’s Assets Under Management increased by 29.6 percent last year from N783.7 billion to N1.02 trillion.

The value of investment banking transactions consummated by the Group rose to N945.3 billion for the period ended December 2023, compared to N857.1 billion in the same period the prior year.