The Bank of Industry (BoI) has said it recorded a Profit Before Tax of N17 billion in 2016, which represented a 44 per cent increase over the N11.9 billion that was posted in 2015.
The Bankâ€™s loans and advances also rose by 10 per centÂ to N171 billion in 2016, from N156 billion in 2015.
Similarly, BoI’s 2016 results obtained on Wednesday showed that disbursements to Small and Medium Enterprises went up by 42 per centÂ within the same period to N8 billion, compared with N5.64 billion in 2015.
The quality of BoIâ€™s risk assets as well improved phenomenally with a reduction in the ratio of non-performing loans (NPL) to 3.72 per cent in 2016 from 5.87 per cent in 2015. This feat was achieved in a year when the average ratio of non-performing loans in the nationâ€™s banking industry rose sharply to 14 per cent which is beyond the Central Bank of Nigeriaâ€™s (CBN) threshold of 5 per cent.
While commenting on BoIâ€™s outstanding performance 2016, which has been described as the best in the bankâ€™s history despite last yearâ€™s economic head winds, the institutionâ€™s acting Managing Director and CEO, Mr Waheed Olagunju, attributed it to strong commitment to professionalism and strict adherence to global best practices by the bankâ€™s competent, dedicated as well as passionate management team and staff.
He added that these achievements also culminated in BoIâ€™s consistently high ratings by international and domestic rating agencies being upgraded and affirmed. While Moodyâ€™s assigned BoI Aa1 in 2016 up from Ba3 of 2015, Agustoâ€™s rating of AA- in 2016 was higher than A+ of 2015. AA+ assigned by Fitch in 2015 was affirmed in 2016.