By Jide Ajia
Zenith International Bank has declared a profit after tax of N75.32 billion for the half year ended June 30, as the financial result released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on weekend showed that the profit-after-tax increased by 112.35 per cent when compared with N35.47 billion posted in the preceding period of 2016.
Its profit-before-tax rose to N92.18 billion, compared with N53.91 billion in 2016.
The bank also recorded gross earnings of N380.4 billion against N214.8 billion achieved in the comparative period of 2016, indicating a growth of 77 per cent.
However, Net interest income stood at N138.962 billion, as against N127 billion in 2016, while impairment charges increased by 196 per cent from N14.2 billion to N42 billion.
The bank’s trading income, realised from foreign exchange, jumped from negative N864 million to positive N65.318 billion; other operating income soared from N3.57 billion to N15.11 billion in 2017.
The bank also announced an interim dividend of N7.8 billion, which translated to 25 kobo per share, same amount paid in the corresponding period of 2016.
The Chairman, Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, told the shareholders in March that the bank would continue to reward them accordingly.
Ovia stated that in line with its commitment to delivering superior returns to its shareholders, the bank ensured that a good chunk of the profit was set aside for shareholders.
He stated that the bank had maintained a culture of outstanding performance and industry leadership even in the face of a very challenging operating environment.
“As a bank, we are monitoring developments both in the local and global economy and applying pragmatism and dynamism as appropriate. Our strategy and approach to the pursuit of financial inclusion and sustainability gives us a lot of competitive advantage to explore even new frontiers in the market”, he said.