CITING what they described as ‘favourable indices’, shareholders at the weekend commended the board, management and staff of UBA for the results attained in Q3.
Speaking with CityBusiness News in Lagos, the shareholders emphasized the need for the bank to sustain the momentum and keep everybody happy especially the investors.
Prominent Cement dealer and one of the leaders of Lagos Market Association, Mrs Oluwatoyin M. Dada described the results as a welcome development.
According to Dada, the Q3 results is an indication that the future in bright, adding that with UBA’s track record, the ongoing economic challenges will not do much harm to shareholders investments with the Bank.
Speaking in a similar vein, another shareholder who preferred to remain anonymous said: “We need to commend the Bank. Despite the challenges out there, we (Shareholders) get positive result from the Bank. The business atmosphere is very harsh. But, somehow, they have been very, very proactive. That to me is commendable”.
Meanwhile, analysts at FBN Capital has predicted bright future for the Bank, “We believe the results put UBA on track to surpassing consensus full year Profit Before Tax (PBT) and Profit After Tax (PAT) forecasts of N66billion and N56billion respectively”.
For the Q3, UBA results indicates strong 44% rise in profit after tax to N48.6 billion and a 17% rise in gross earnings to N247.2 billion.
The third quarter results also show Net Operating Income (NOI) recorded a strong 21% growth to N167.4 billion. The cost to income ratio remained within management’s guidance of 65%, compared to 68.7% in the corresponding period of 2014, as UBA continued to focus on improving operational efficiencies to deliver superior return to its shareholders.
In other indices, UBA closed the third quarter with total assets of N2.87 trillion, loan book of N1.01 trillion and a deposit base of N2.18 trillion.
“We have continued to sustain our financial performance in 2015, leveraging our unique pan-African platform and the strength of our committed work force in gaining competitive edge in the market place” said Phillips Oduoza, the Group Managing Director/CEO, UBA Plc.
He also attributed the impressive performance of the Bank to enhanced balance sheet efficiency and improving extraction of value from the Bank’s channels. “We have also maintained our discipline on how, where and with whom we do business and I am happy with the results, as reflected in our earnings and asset quality” said Oduoza.
In the period under review, UBA maintained a Non-Performing Loan ratio of 2.1% and 0.6% cost of risk. These ratios are amongst the lowest in the banking industry.
Highlighting some of the significant achievements in the third quarter, the Bank’s GMD/CEO disclosed that UBA led a consortium of local banks to facilitate a USD1.2 billion syndicated facility for the National Oil Company in Nigeria, NNPC. Further reflecting the strength of the Bank, Global Credit Rating (GCR) affirmed UBA’s AA- (LCY) and BB- (FCY) credit ratings.
Also speaking on the results, the Group CFO, Ugo Nwaghodoh noted that the Bank’s entrepreneurial persistence continues to yield results as the Group increasingly extracts synergy opportunities across its African network.
“Our business in Africa, excluding Nigeria, contributed a quarter of our profit after tax in the period; a resounding benefit of our geographic diversification” said Nwaghodoh.
He assured that the Bank is encouraged by the improving performance metrics, assuring “we will not relent on our commitment to achieving desired scale, size and profitability in all our chosen markets.”
He explained that the Group’s balance sheet remains strong, with a 20% capital adequacy ratio and 49% liquidity ratio, noting that UBA will continue to balance the quest for earnings and growth, with the best sustainability principles.
The UBA Group is a leading financial institution in Africa, operating in 19 African countries, as well as New York, London and Paris. The Group provides a suite of banking services to over 8 million retail and corporate customers in the continent and the rest of the world.