Shareholders of Sterling Bank Plc have commended the bank’s performance in its 2018 financial year. The shareholders gave the commendation at the 57th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the bank in Lagos at the weekend. According to the President of the Nigerian Shareholders’ Solidarity Association, Chief Timothy Adesiyan, the performance of the bank is highly
Shareholders of Sterling Bank Plc have commended the bank’s performance in its 2018 financial year. The shareholders gave the commendation at the 57th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the bank in Lagos at the weekend.
According to the President of the Nigerian Shareholders’ Solidarity Association, Chief Timothy Adesiyan, the performance of the bank is highly commendable in view of the massive improvement in most of the indices, especially in gross earnings, net interest income, liquidity ratio and profit after tax.
He noted that even though the bank is not paying any dividend to shareholders for the year, “we are happy with the capital appreciation of the share price and the future bountiful dividends that await us.”
Adesiyan also commended the board and management of the bank, especially the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman, for the good results and for imbibing good corporate governance practice which makes Sterling a dependable bank that is solid.
Also commenting, Mr. Gbenga Idowu, National Coordinator of Shareholders United Front (SUF), said the results reflect a very good start by Mr. Abubakar Suleiman as CEO of the bank. He said the results clearly show Suleiman’s ability to provide good leadership for the executive management of the bank since April 2018 when he took over from Mr. Yemi Adeola.
In his address, the Chairman of the bank, Mr. Asue Ighodalo,ß said, “Our financial results in 2018 reflect an even stronger business performance despite the impact of an ailing operating environment.”
According to him, the bank sustained earnings growth momentum in 2018 as gross earnings grew by 14 percent to N152.2 billion from N133.5 billion recorded in 2017. He added that although operating expenses increased by 26.4 to N66.9 billion due to investment in human capital and technology, the bank grew profit before tax by 17.1 percent to N9.5 billion and profit after tax by 14.9 percent to N9.2 billion.
The chairman said the bank closed the year under review with an improved balance sheet position as total assets grew steadily by about 2.9 percent to N1.1 trillion, thereby maintaining the over one trillion Naira mark achieved in the previous year.
“We continued to sustain operational efficiencies and our focus in growing the bank’s retail franchise. This resulted in an improved deposit base and moderate growth in our loan book, specifically riding on the 108.3 percent growth in retail and consumer loans delivered mainly by SPECTA – Nigeria’s fastest digital lending platform,” Ighodalo said.
He added that the bank was able to maintain the cost of funds at 7.4 percent despite high-interest environment which persisted for a significant part of the year.