Sterling Bank Plc (NSE: STERLNBANK / Reuters: STERLNB.LG /Bloomberg: STERLNBA: NL) – the ‘Bank’ – a full service national commercial bank releases its audited results for the year ended December 31, 2019.
The Bank recorded an increase in gross earnings driven by growth in net fees & commissions by 24.3%, in spite of a steady loan base and (41.3%) decline in trading income.
Also, the company delivered an over 200% increase in loans to our retail and consumer segment, with our LDR above the regulatory limit all year round. SPECTA – its digital lending product – continues to set the trend with over N45 billion disbursed, reaching over 50,000 costumers.
As observed by Brand Spur, interest expense declined by 10.4%, resulting in a 110 bps drop in the cost of funds and, consequently, a 130 bps increase in net interest margin; this is driven by 19.4% y-o-y growth in low-cost customer deposits.
The cost-to-income ratio remained relatively flat y-o-y, even as operating expenses grew on the back of staff salaries & wages and spend on technology infrastructure as well as digital platforms.
Notably, the NIP (NIBBS Instant Payments) transaction volume grew by 86% compared to the previous year.
Sterling Bank achieved a 15.0% growth in profit after taxes to reach N10.6 billion; this underpins the 22.2% growth in shareholders funds recorded as at year-end.
Chief Executive’s Remarks
In the final quarter of 2019, our relentless commitment to improving education through micro banking was rewarded with ‘The Banker’s Award for Banking in the Community’ on the global stage by The Financial Times. We were also ranked a top 3 bank in retail by Nigerian consumers in the KPMG banking survey, a major accomplishment for a mid-size bank.
Overall, the Bank delivered a 15.0% growth in profit after tax to N10.6 billion as of December 2019,
Other non–financials highlights
- Awarded the ‘Banker’s Award for Banking in the Community’ by The Financial Times in recognition for our commitment to the Education sector
- Ranked 3rd best retail banking institution in the 2019 Nigeria Banking Industry Customer Experience Survey by KPMG
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