Stanbic Bank has announced a 3.9 billion shillings profit after tax for the first quarter ended 31st March 2023. The lender attributed the 84 percent increase in its Q1 earnings to strong growth in revenue across all business segments and strong balance sheet growth over the period under review.
Stanbic Bank Kenya and South Sudan’s Chief Executive, Mr. Joshua Oigara said, “During the quarter, the Bank remained focused on executing its three-year medium-term strategy that started in 2021. The outcomes demonstrate our ability to create shared value and sustainable returns for shareholders and multiple stakeholders”.
Revenue grew by 65 percent to 11 billion shillings underpinned by balance sheet growth, fees income from client services, and trading income from financial intermediation.
In particular, Stanbic Bank (in conjunction with SBG Securities Ltd) successfully completed a significant transaction that resulted in the execution of the largest trade in the history of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE).
Customer deposits increased by 24 percent to stand at 291 billion shillings signifying the customer’s continued confidence in the Bank while customer loans rose by 12 percent to close at 230 billion shillings on 31 March 2023.
Stanbic Bank’s Chief Financial and Value Officer Mr. Dennis Musau while speaking on the Q1 results said that the Bank noted strong growth momentum in all revenue lines.
“Our accelerated efforts in implementing our strategy, driving operational efficiencies, and managing costs have seen us progressively manage our cost-to-income ratio downwards to stand at 40.5 percent compared to 49.6 percent in the prior period,” said Mr. Musau.
The Bank continued to prioritize the value and sustainable growth of Micro, Small, and Medium-sized businesses across various counties including Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Kisumu, and Laikipia. By the end of March 2023, the Bank trained over 900 MSMEs on business resilience and digital capabilities, while another 400 MSMEs received training in honing their financial literacy skills. The Bank also issued loans worth KShs 10.6 billion to SMEs in the first quarter.
Stanbic Bank was recognized for its Dare to Aspire to Dare to Achieve (D.A.D.A) women proposition and the lender’s participation in the Sourcing2Equal Kenya (S2E) initiative. This recognition came during the annual DIAR Awards which recognizes organizations, institutions, and individuals who have excelled in mainstreaming and championing diversity and inclusivity. Stanbic Bank won the Best Impact Investing Initiative category for its D.A.D.A platform.
In April 2023, Stanbic Bank was also listed on LinkedIn’s 2023 Top Companies in Kenya, which helps professionals identify the top workplaces to grow their careers in Kenya acknowledging the Bank’s focus on its staff welfare and wellbeing as a key pillar to strategic delivery.