…Reports Profit before Tax of ₦167.4 Billion
Guaranty Trust Bank plc has released its unaudited financial results for the period ended September 30,2020 to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges. The 3rd Quarter result shows improved performance across key financial metrics, reaffirming the Bank’scapability to navigate the current economic challenges occasioned by impact of COVID 19 on Worldeconomies. The performance reflects its position as one of the leading and best managed financialinstitutions in Africa. The Group reported Profit before tax of ₦167.4billion, representing a decrease of1.9% over ₦170.7billion recorded in the corresponding period of September 2019 and an improvement onthe 5.2% dip posted in H1-2020 relative to H1-2019. Loan and Deposit book however grew by 4.5% and25.1% from ₦1.502trillion and ₦2.640trillion recorded as at December 2019 to ₦1.569trillion and₦3.303trillion in September 2020 respectively. Guaranty Trust Bank’s Balance sheet remained well structured, diversified and resilient with Total assetsand Shareholders’ Funds closing at ₦4.574trillion and ₦755.5billion respectively. Full Impact CapitalAdequacy Ratio (CAR) remained very strong, closing at 23.9%, while Asset quality was sustained as NPLratio and Cost of Risk (COR) closed at 6.5% and 0.6% in September 2020 from 6.5% and 0.3% inDecember 2019 respectively. Commenting on the financial results, the Managing Director/CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr. SegunAgbaje, said; “Our 3rd Quarter result is a reflection of how we have appropriately positioned our balancesheet to cope with current economic realities and the challenging business environment. It is alsotestament to the enduring loyalty of our customers, the hard work and dedication of our staff and theunwavering support we continue to enjoy from all our stakeholders in our drive to deliver best-in-classfinancial services and superior and sustainable returns.” He further stated that; “As an organization, we will continue to build on our commitment to enriching livesby leveraging our digital-first customer-centric strategy to improve customer experience and maintain ahigh standard in service delivery, and going beyond banking to create and drive innovative financialsolutions that add value to our customers in all aspects of their lives.”Overall, Guaranty Trust Bank plc continues to be best in the Nigerian banking industry in terms of allfinancial ratios i.e. Post-Tax Return on Equity (ROAE) of 26.3%, Post-Tax Return on Assets (ROAA) of4.6%, and Cost to Income ratio of 40.2%. Renowned for its forward-thinking approach to financial services and customer engagement, GTBank wasrecently ranked Africa’s Most Admired Finance Brand in the 10th-anniversary rankings of Brand Africa100: Africa’s Best Brands, the pre-eminent survey and ranking of the Top 100 admired brands in Africa.The Bank was also awarded the Best Bank in Nigeria by Euromoney Magazine for a record-extendingtenth time and the Euromoney Excellence in Leadership Africa Award for its swift reaction in respondingto the Covid-19 crisis and for addressing the impact of the pandemic on its customers and communities.