Fidelity Bank Plc released its 9-months results for the period ended September 30, 2021, on Tuesday, at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NGX). The results showed double-digit growth in revenues, deposits and profitability.

Gross earnings grew by 12.5 percent to N174.4 billion from N155.0 billion in the same period in 2020 while profit before tax (PBT) soared by 31.4 percent to N28.1 billion from N21.3 billion in the first 9 months of 2020.

In other indices, total assets grew by 15.4 percent to N3.18 trillion from N2.76 trillion in the same period last year. Total deposits, a measure of customer confidence, increased by 16.1 percent YTD to N1.97 trillion from N1.69 trillion in 2020FY, driven by increased deposit mobilization across all deposits types.

CEO’s comment

Commenting on the impressive performance, Fidelity Bank’s CEO, Mrs Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe said, “We were able to sustain our performance trend since the start of 2021 with an impressive double-digit growth in profit driven by 69.9 percent increase in net fee income which compensated for the decline in net interest income as average yield on liquid assets remain low.”

She noted that digital banking has continued to gain traction as the bank now has 56.1 percent of its customers enrolled on its digital banking platform from 52.8 percent in the 2020 financial year.

While stating that the bank had recorded a 125 percent year-on-year (YoY) increase in total NIP transaction, she stated that 24.9 percent of fee-based income currently comes from digital banking.

Other regulatory ratios remain well above the minimum requirement: Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) at 18.8 percent from 18.2 percent in 2020FY while liquidity ratio came in at 34.5 percent, well above the regulatory threshold of 30.0 percent,” she noted.

Fidelity Bank recently completed a highly successful Eurobond offering, raising US$400 million from the international capital markets through a five-year tenor Eurobond. The offering achieved a 7.625 percent coupon p.a. and recorded a 1.8x over-subscribed orderbook which peaked at over US$700 million.

The pricing of the Senior Unsecured Notes, underscores the formidable confidence of a diversified range of global and local investors in Fidelity Bank’s growth aspirations and the well-experienced management team,” explained Mrs Onyeali-Ikpe.

About Fidelity Bank

Fidelity Bank Plc is a full-fledged commercial bank with over 6.0 million customers who are serviced across its 250 business offices and various digital banking channels. The bank is focused on select niche corporate banking sectors, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and has rapidly implemented a digital-led retail banking strategy.

Fidelity began operations in 1988, as a merchant bank. In 1999, it converted to commercial banking and then became a universal bank in February 2001. Fidelity Bank is today ranked the 6th largest Nigerian Bank, with a presence in every commercial hub and key business centre in Nigeria. The bank has its operations and business focus well diversified in key sectors of the economy.