NBK Posts 62% Growth in H1 2020 Profit Before Tax

NBK Posts 62% Growth in H1 2020 Profit Before Tax

Customer deposits grow to Kshs. 99billion; as loans and advances rise by 6% National Bank of Kenya (NBK) has posted Kshs.186million in profit before
tax for the first half of the year ending June, representing a 62% increase from a similar period last year.


The Bank’s performance, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, was driven by a growth in the loan book and enhanced returns from investments in government securities. However, profit after tax reduced from KShs.107 million to a loss of Kshs. 381million due to a one off tax adjustment after the recent change in corporate tax.


“We remained resilient during the first half of the year, despite the slowdown occasioned by the pandemic. We are replacing non-performing loans with
quality ones; and constantly innovating to align with current realities,” said Paul Russo, the NBK Managing Director “We are focused on delivering valuable partnerships and solutions to our customers. These efforts are bearing fruit as demonstrated by a recent survey of customers, whose overall feedback was appreciation for our dedication,” added Mr. Russo.


The Bank’s total operating income for the period grew by 12% to Kshs. 4.3billion, driven by increased interest and non-interest income. Following the bank’s waiver on charges for transactions on digital channels, as a measure to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, fees and commissions during the period remained relatively flat. Operating costs were stable on the back of ongoing cost management initiatives.


The Bank’s balance sheet for the period grew to Kshs. 119billion driven by growth in customer loans and deposits. Customer deposits rose to Kshs.
99.6billion, from Kshs. 91.7billion in a similar period in 2019; with liquidity improving to 50.2% from 40.7% over a similar period. Loans and advances
increased by Kshs. 2.9billion to Kes 50.2billion.


The Bank’s recovery journey stayed on course during the first half, with the Non-Performing Loans (NPL) shrinking by 12% for the period ending June
30, 2020 to stand at Kshs. 28.6billion, compared to Kshs. 32.4billion last year.


NBK has taken measures to cushion customers from negative impacts of the pandemic. This includes restructuring customer loans, in addition to
suspending listing on the credit reference bureau and waiver of fees charged on use of digital channels.

About National Bank of Kenya


National Bank of Kenya is a fully-fledged Commercial Bank and is a subsidiary of KCB Group Plc. Established in 1968 to boost Kenyans’ access to finance, it has grown to be
one of the largest commercial banks in the country with a growing network of 85 branch outlets across the country, over 1500 ATMs and electronic channels of Mobile and
Internet Banking. In September 2019, the Bank became a subsidiary of KCB Group Plc following a successful acquisition. National Bank participates in Corporate Banking,
Business Banking, Retail Banking and Islamic Banking with an extensive portfolio of products and financial solutions tailored for the requirements of a broad spectrum of
customer segments it serves.


In case of any queries/clarification, please contact Judith Sidi Odhiambo – KCB Group
Head of Corporate & Regulatory Affairs; email: jsodhiambo@kcbgroup.com.

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