Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (“GTCO Plc” or “the Group”) has released its Audited Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2021, to the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX) and London Stock Exchange (LSE).
The Group’s balance sheet remained well structured and resilient with total assets and shareholders’ funds closing FY 2021 at ₦5.44trillion and ₦883.2billion, respectively.
Full Impact Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) remained very strong closing at 23.8% while asset quality was sustained with an NPL ratio of 6.0% based on IFRS (6.92% based on CBN Prudential Guidelines) representing a marginal improvement over IFRS 6.4% impaired ratio and a slight increase over FY 2020 6.86% CBN Prudential Guideline NPL ratio. Also, the Cost of Risk improved to 0.5% from 1.2% during the same period.
The Group posted a Profit Before Tax of ₦221.5billion, representing a dip of 7.0% from ₦238.1billion recorded in December 2020. In the same period, the Group’s loan book (net) increased by 8.4% from ₦1.66trillion while deposit liabilities grew by 14.4% from ₦3.61trillion to ₦4.13trillion.
Speaking on the results, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company, Mr. Segun Agbaje, said: “Our performance reflects the strength of our franchise and underscores our ability to deliver long-term value for our Stakeholders in spite of the challenges in the business environment and shifting economic conditions. As a Group, we have continued to explore newer ways to connect with our customers and better our communities by offering greater and more rewarding experiences.”
He further added, “2021 presented a crucial opportunity as we took strategic steps to reorganize our business and advance our position as a leading financial services company. With the recent addition of Pension Fund and Wealth Management businesses to the Group, we are well on our way to rapidly scale our operations and strengthen our foothold in these key industry segments.
“Our goal is to consolidate our place at the top of Africa’s financial services value chain by leveraging technology to provide end-to-end financial solutions to more people and businesses across Africa.”
In terms of significant performance metrics, the Group maintained a decent showing with post-tax Return on Equity (ROAE) of 20.6%, post-tax Return on Assets (ROAA) of 3.4%, Full Impact Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of 23.8%, and Cost to Income Ratio (CIR) of 42.3%.