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Audited half year financial record of Nigerian top lender, Fidelity Bank has revealed an impressive performance with growth in profits, gross earnings and other indices for the six months period ended June 30, 2017.

Details of the audited results, released at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday, showed that gross earnings rose by 22.1 percent from N70.3 billion in H1 2016 to N85.8 billion for the corresponding period at June 30, 2017.

The bank said the growth in Gross Earnings was driven primarily by a 27.8% increase in interest income and a 0.7 percent growth in net fee income to N11.2 billion.

Similarly, profits rose by 66.7 percent from N6.1 billion in 2016 to N10.2 billion, just as it recorded significant improvement in other key performance indices such as Net Interest Margin of 7.4 percent, Cost Income Ratio at 67.3 percent and Capital Adequacy of 18.4 percent in the period under review.

Fidelity Bank CEO, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo attributed the double digit growth in earnings and profits to the disciplined execution of the banks medium term strategy which focused on deepening its market share in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), Retail and Digital banking business segments.

According to him, “Our balance sheet optimization initiatives continued to deliver improved results as Net Interest Margin (NIM) increased by 7.4 percent in H1 2017 from 6.4 percent (2016FY), just as the growth in the yield on our earning assets outpaced the increase in funding costs. The process improvement and digital banking initiatives in the period helped to optimize our cost profile as total expenses declined by 1.8 percent (despite the high inflationary environment) leading to a reduction in our Cost to Income Ratio (CIR) to 67.3 percent,” he stated.

Fidelity Banks’ retail strategy continued to deliver impressive results in HI2017 as savings deposits; a measure of customer confidence, increased by 3.9 percent to N161.1 billion in June 2017 on the strength of improved cross selling of its digital banking products with about 30 percent of customers now enrolled on our flagship mobile (*770#) and internet banking products” he explained. © August 31, 2017

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