FCMB Group Plc has announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2020. The audited results showed that despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the business environment, the financial institution remained resilient and improved significantly on market fundamentals.
In 2020, FCMB Group's gross revenue increased to N199.4 billion, a 10% increase from N181.3 billion achieved in 2019. The positive performance of the financial institution also manifested in profit before tax, which rose to N22billion as against N20.1 billion for the same period prior year.
Following this, the leading financial services Group has declared a dividend of 15k kobo per share to shareholders compared to14 kobo per share in 2019.
FCMB Group, which is a holding company 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); Corporate & Investment Banking (The Corporate Banking Division of the Bank, FCMB Capital Markets Limited and CSL Stockbrokers Limited) and Investment Management (FCMB Pensions Limited, FCMB Asset Management Limited and FCMB Trustees Limited), also reported appreciable growth in other key operating areas.
The financial results showed enhanced customers confidence in FCMB, as deposits grew by 33% to N1.3trillion from N943.1billion in the previous year. Loans and advances surged by 15% to N822.8 billion as at December 2020. Also, the total assets of the Group increased by 23% to N2.06 trillion last year.
Moreover, FCMB Group's net interest income rose by 20% to N90.8 billion for the full year 2020 from N76.0 billion in 2019. Non-interest income equally increased to N37.8 billion, representing a 9% growth, as against N34.8 billion prior year.
The Group's Assets Under Management (AUM) also sustained its growth trajectory by rising to N495.2 billion for the year ended December 2020, up by 23%.
Similarly, capital adequacy ratio remained stable at 17.7% for the retail and commercial banking subsidiary of the Group (that is, First City Monument Bank, which has a customer base of almost 8 million). The capital adequacy ratio of 17.7% is above the benchmark set by the Central Bank of Nigeria for deposit money Banks in the country. Liquidity ratio of the Bank stood at 34.2% as at the end of the financial year 2020, indicating that the financial institution is in a very healthy position. Non-performing loans to total loans ratio stood at a modest 3.3%.
Analysts have already expressed broadly positive views on FCMB's 2020 financial results. An analyst described it as, "very encouraging".
A financial expert stated that:
"The 2020 results of the Group is a strong indication that the business is on a stronger pedestal with capacity to deliver more value to shareholders, the market and other stakeholders".
FCMB Group is a frontline financial services institution in Nigeria with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their respective segments. Having successfully transformed to a retail banking and wealth management led group, FCMB has continued to distinguish itself through innovation and the delivery of exceptional services.