Wema Bank Records Impressive Financial Performance in 2022 Half Year

Kayode Tokede

Wema Bank Plc, pioneer of Africa’s first fully digital bank, has posted a growth performance across all financial indices in the First-Half of its 2022 operations. 

The bank’s financial results for the Period Ended 30 June, 2022, showed an increase of 50 per cent in its gross earnings from the N39.82 billion in H1 of 2021 to N59.59 billion. It also grew its interest income by 55 percent year-on-year, from the N32.19 billion recorded at this period last year to N49.75 billion.

The bank’s non-interest income went up from N7.64 billion in the period ended 30 June, 2021 to N9.85 billion, an increase of 29 percent.

Similarly, Wema Bank recorded a 43 per cent increase in Profit before tax (PBT) from N4.30 billion over the same period last year to N6.13 billion for the period under review. 

The bank’s Profit after tax (PAT) also increased from N3.72 billion in H1 2021 to N5.30 billion reflecting a raise of 42 percent.

The bank also grew its deposit by 13 percent from N968.17 billion reported in FY 2021 to N1.09 trillion in the H1 2022. It also grew its loans and advances from N418.86 billion to N447.23b in H1 2022, an increase of seven percent.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive officer of the bank, Mr. Ademola Adebise, attributed the remarkable performance to increased customer satisfaction the bank delivers through its investment in technology.

“Our performance has shown strong and promising results in the second quarter. Customers have continually shown trust in our proficiency, innovation, and service delivery even as the market gets more challenging. That said, I am confident, that despite increased volatility and uncertainty, we will continue to scale up, manoeuvre the environment, creatively manage our resources, and drive long-term, substantial returns for shareholders, ”Adebise said.

In his remarks, the bank’s Chief Finance Officer, Mr. Tunde Mabawonku, explained that the strong performance stems from the bank’s diversification of its business and value derived from its digital assets

“This has been a strong first half with Interest Income up 55% and Profit Before Tax up 43% compared to H1 2021. This strong showing is down to diversification at different levels of our businesses. Also, it is a testament to the advantage of our investment in digital banking assets, which have continued to boost customer satisfaction and build trust for us. 

“Also, we are aware of the challenges that the rising cost of living is having on our customers and stakeholders. Given the size of our balance sheet and income growth, we have trust in our ability to continue to provide support and help cushion the impact of growing costs in the market,” he explained.

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