Zenith Bank grosses N945.5 billion in 2022
Zenith Bank Plc has announced its audited results for the year ended December 31, 2022, achieving an impressive double-digit growth of 24 per cent in gross earnings from N765.6 billion reported the previous year to NGN945.5 billion in 2022. This is, despite, the persistent challenging macroeconomic environment and headwinds.
The audited financial results for the 2022 financial year presented to the Nigerian Exchange (NGX), showed that the double-digit growth in gross earnings was driven by a 26 per cent year-on-year (YoY) growth in interest income from N427.6 billion to N540.2 billion and a 23 per cent year-on-year growth in non-interest income from N309 billion to N 381 billion. Profit before tax (PBT) also grew by per cent from N280.4 billion to N284.7 billion during the period. The increase was due to significant growth in all the income lines.
Impairments appreciated by 107 per cent from NGN59.9 billion to N124.2 billion, while interest expense grew 63 per cent YoY from N106.8 billion to N173.5 billion.
The impairment growth, which also resulted in increase in the cost of risk (from 1.9 per cent in 2021 to 3.3 per cent in the reviewed year), was due to impact of Ghana’s sovereign debt restructuring programme. The boost in interest expenses increased the cost of funds from 1.5 per cent in 2021 to 1.9 per cent in 2022 due to hikes in interest rates globally.
Customer deposits increased by 39 per cent, growing from N6.47 trillion in the previous year to N8.98 trillion in the current year. The leap came from all products and deposit segments (corporate and retail), thus consolidating the bank’s market leadership and indicating customers’ trust.
The continued improved yield environment positively impacted the bank’s Net-Interest-Margin an effective re-pricing of interest-bearing assets. Operating expenses grew by 17 per cent YoY, but growth remains below the inflation rate. Total assets increased by 30 per cent, growing from N9.45 trillion in 2021 to N12.29 trillion, mainly driven by growth in customer deposits.
With the steady and continued recovery in economic activities, the group prudently grew its gross loans by 20 per cent, from N3.5 trillion in 2021 to N4.1 trillion in 2022, which increased the Non-Performing Loan (NPL) ratio modestly from 4.2 per cent to 4.3 per cent YoY. The capital adequacy ratio decreased from 21 per cent to 19 per cent, while the liquidity ratio improved from 71.2 to 75 per cent. Both prudential ratios are well above regulatory thresholds.
In 2023, the group intends to expand its frontiers, as it also reorganises into a holding company structure, adding new verticals to its businesses and growing in all its chosen markets, both locally and internationally.
As a testament to its commitment to shareholders, the bank has proposed dividend payout of N2.90 per share, bringing the total dividend to N3.20 per share.