The National Bank of Kenya (NBK) last week announced a pre-tax profit of KSh. 675 million in the third quarter of the year. This represents a 45% increase over the Ksh. 561.69 million profit registered in a similar period last year.
The bank, which is now a subsidiary of KCB Group plc following a successful acquisition, weathered a difficult operating environment to deliver impressive results. The Bank’s Managing Director Paul Russo attributed the rise in profitability to growth in operating income during the period under review, adding that the future looks even more promising, since it is now part of a bigger stronger family.
“With the improved capital base, our focus is now on integrating NBK into the group, while continuing to deliver innovative financial solutions that are attuned to the dynamic needs of our customers. We are optimistic about the bank’s fortunes,” Mr. Russo added.
Operating income for the period stood at KShs 6.0 billion, a 7% increase from KShs 5.6 billion over the same period in the previous year. This was mainly due to growth in interest earned from loans & advances and other earning assets, coupled with continuing diversification of funding base, which resulted in reduction of interest expense by 8% year on year.
Total expenses, however, increased by 4% year-on-year to KShs 5.4 billion, mainly driven by increased loan loss provisions. Operating expenses excluding loan provisions remained relatively flat at KShs 5.4billion
Customer deposits, reduced to KShs 82 billion as at September 30, 2019 compared to Kes 93 billion over the same period in 2018, driven by reduced customer flows and tight liquidity in the market. Net loans & advances declined by KShs 150 million to KShs 47.8 billion over the same period issued due to recoveries collections made on existing loans.
Total assets dropped marginally by 5.0% to Ksh107.2 billion compared to KShs 112.45 billion in the same period last year
“The bank achieved this level of growth against the backdrop of a challenging environment, both externally and internally. Our main focus has been enhancing customer experience, preserving and optimizing value while effectively mitigating risks through proactive risk management,” Mr. Russo said.