MARKET NEWS (FMAN)
The Managing Director/Chief Executive of Sterling Bank Plc, Mr.Â YemiÂ Adeola, has saidÂ thatÂ the bank will aggressively grow its retail business through electronic channels over the next five years. Speaking atÂ Â the annual general meeting (AGM) in Lagos last Thursday,Â Adeola alsoÂ told the shareholders thatÂ Â the bank would continue to boost innovative banking, driven by market insights that would enable it serve its customers satisfactorily, implement significant investment in technology-led growth initiatives and accelerate the growth of its non-interest banking segment.
Reviewing the economy in 2016, the Sterling Bank boss said:Â â€œ2016 was a difficult year for the Nigerian economy as it was characterised by high inflation, weak oil prices, lower crude oil output and foreign exchange supply shortages. These multiple challenges and the various regulatory responses put significant downward pressure on the earnings of banks.â€Â
According to him,Â in the face of these difficulties, theÂ bankâ€™s gross earnings grew for theÂ sixthÂ consecutive year to N111.4 billion.Â
â€œWe also maintained our commitment to operating efficiency, as highlighted by an improvement in net interest margin to 9.3 per cent and a 22.5 per cent growth inÂ interest income. In addition, we successfully limited the growth in operating expenses to 1.9 per cent despite the high inflationary environment,â€ he said.Â
Earlier in his address, Chairman of the bank, Mr.Â AsueÂ Ighodalo,Â reported that the bank recordedÂ a profit after tax of N5.2 billionÂ fromÂ gross earnings of N111.4 billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2016.