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FCMB Group sustains impressive performance as profit rises to N22.7bn in 2021

...revenue hits N212bn

FCMB Group Plc has announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2021. The leading financial services Group has been able to sustain impressive performance across several key areas despite the challenges of the business environment. As a result, it declared a higher dividend of 20 Kobo per share to shareholders compared to 15 Kobo per share in 2020.

The impressive result across market fundamentals shows an increased gross revenue to N212billion, representing a 7percent growth compared to N198.4 billion in 2020. Also, a profit before tax of N22.7billion from N21.9billion the prior year while profit after tax also rose by 7percent to N20.9 billion.

The financial results also showed enhanced customers confidence in FCMB, as deposits increased by 24percent to N1.6trillion from N1.3trillion in the previous year. Loans and advances grew by 2percent to N1.1trillion at the end of December 2021, as against N822.8 billion the previous year. In addition, the total assets of the Group rose by 21percent toN2.5trillion.

FCMB Group’s Assets Under Management (AUM) also sustained its growth trajectory by rising to N525.8 billion in 2021, up by 6percent from N495.2billion in 2020.

Net interest income grew marginally by 0.2percent Year-on-Year to N90.9 billion for full-year 2021 from N90.7 billion for the full year 2020. Non-interest income increased to N43.1billion last year, representing 17percent growth, as against N36.8 billion prior year. This was due to an increase in electronic fees and commissions from digital channels. Trading Income also surged by 32percent Year-on-Year resulting from higher volumes of fixed income instrument trades.

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The capital adequacy ratio remained stable at 16.2percent for the retail and commercial banking subsidiary of the Group (that is, First City Monument Bank), while the liquidity ratio of the Bank stood at 34.8percent as of the end of the financial year 2021, indicating that the financial institution is in a very healthy position.

FCMB also acquired an additional 1.1 million customers in 2021, increasing its total customer base to 9.4 million from 8.3 million in 2020.

This stellar performance is a clear indication that the digital transformation drive of the financial institution is yielding the desired results and is appreciated by the market.

Analysts have already expressed broadly positive views on FCMB’s 2021 financial result, describing it as, “highly commendable”.

FCMB Group Plc is a diversified financial services group with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their respective segments. The institution is divided along three business groups; Commercial and Retail Banking (First City Monument Bank Limited, Credit Direct Limited, FCMB (UK) Limited and FCMB Microfinance Bank Limited); Investment Banking (FCMB Capital Markets Limited and CSL Stockbrokers Limited); and Investment Management (FCMB Pensions Limited, FCMB Asset Management Limited and FCMB Trustees Limited).

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