Driving towards tomorrow’s promise…

Lagos, July 29, 2016 – Sterling Bank Plc (NSE: STERLNBANK / Reuters: STERLNB.LG /Bloomberg: STERLNBA:NL) – the ‘Bank’ – a full service national commercial bank releases its unaudited results for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.

In the Bank’s quarterly update to investors and analysts, Yemi Adeola, the Managing Director/ Chief Executive, stated:

Earnings in the financial services industry, and indeed, several other industries weakened due to a period of sustained deterioration in the domestic economy during the first half of 2016. The economy, which has been posited to be in recession, was impacted by depressed commodity prices, continued sabotage of oil assets, weak investor confidence and a slow convergence of both monetary and fiscal policy.

Nonetheless, our Bank has remained irrepressible as demonstrated by the strength of our core business. We prioritized improvement in asset quality which was reflected by a 200 basis point decline in the non-performing loans (NPL) ratio to 2.8% and a 100 basis point reduction in the cost of risk to 1.5%. Cost of funds also declined from 5.9% (1H 2015) to 4.7%, representing a 120 basis point improvement. This was in spite of the foreign exchange liberalization policy, the attendant liquidity squeeze and the rising inflation rate which peaked at 16.5% in June 2016.

The Bank showed deeper pliability through the re-affirmation of its investment-grade ratings at a time when corporate and sovereign ratings were under downward ratings pressure. I am pleased to report that we have successfully migrated to a world-class CORE banking application, which will enable us to better manage a significant uptick in customer base and ensure the required flexibility to deliver unique services across business segments. We have taken steps to improve staff productivity by introducing a flexible work environment to achieve our goal of building a great workplace and reduce operating expenses.

As we look to the second half of the year, we remain committed to our plan to conclude our N35 billion tier 2 capital raise, prioritize operating efficiency and ensure moderate loan growth; while continuing to diversify funding sources as our retail banking strategy gains traction. Although, some of the macroeconomic challenges witnessed during the first half of the year will persist, we expect improvements in the Nigerian economy, driven by the implementation of the budget and other fiscal palliatives introduced by the Federal Government.

Financial Highlights

Income Statement

  • Net interest income increased by 31.9% to N25.6 billion (1H 2015: N19.4 billion) driven by a 22.0% decrease in interest expense resulting in a 1240 basis point improvement in net interest margin to 61.7%;
  • Non-interest income reduced by 44.0% to N8.5 billion (1H 2015: N15.2 billion) largely due to a 33.3% decrease in fees and commission income;
  • Net operating income increased marginally by 0.8% to N30.5 billion (1H 2015: N30.2 billion) arising from a 16.8% decrease in impairment charges to N3.7 billion;
  • Operating expenses increased by 8.0% to N26.1 billion (1H 2015: N24.2 billion) driven  mainly by inflationary pressures;
  • Profit before tax was N4.4 billion (1H 2015: N6.1 billion) while Profit after tax was  N4.0 billion (1H 2015: N5.4 billion).


Statement of Financial Position

  • Net loans & advances increased by 36.5% to N462.3 billion (Dec. 2015: N338.7 billion) driven largely by foreign exchange revaluation;
  • Customer deposits increased by 6.3% to N627.9 billion (Dec. 2015: N590.9 billion);
  • Total assets excluding contingent liabilities increased by 20.0% to N959.2 billion (Dec. 2015: N799.5 billion) on the back of foreign exchange revaluation;
  • Overall, Shareholders’ funds closed at N84.1 billion arising from fair value adjustment on available for sale investments and organic accretion of profit.

Financial Ratios

Indicator1H 20161H 2015
Pre Tax Return on Average Equity9.8%14.1%
Post Tax Return on Average Equity9.0%12.6%
Return on Average Assets1.0%1.5%
Earnings per Share14k19k
Yield on Earning Assets11.6%13.1%
Cost of Funds4.7%5.9%
Net Interest Margin6.9%7.2%
Cost-to-income Ratio76.4%69.8%
JUN 16DEC 15
Non-performing Loan Ratio2.8%4.8%
Capital Adequacy Ratio (Basel 2)10.9%17.5%
Loan to Deposit Ratio (Net)73.6%57.3%

CONTACTS
Primary Contacts:                                                   
Chimaobi Nwaokoma
M: +234 803 406 6104
E: chimaobi.nwaokoma@sterling.ng

Shina Atilola
M: +234 802 342 3011
E: shina.atilola@sterling.ng

Secondary Contacts:

Abubakar Suleiman
E: abubakar.suleiman@sterling.ng

Investor Relations Team
E:investor.relations@sterling.ng
W:https://sterling.ng/about/investors/
Twitter: Sterling_bank

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