The company’s Group Managing Director, Mr Mr Urum Kalu Eke, said recently in Lagos.
The profit before tax rose by 9.2 per cent when compared with N41.4 billion recorded in the comparative period of 2020.
Profit after tax (PAT) stood at N38.1 billion against N35.6 billion posted in the corresponding period of 2020, indicating an increase of 6.9 per cent.
However, the company’s gross earnings decreased by 1.7 per cent to N291.2 billion in the period under review against N296.4 billion recorded in the preceeding period.
The company’s operating expenses recorded an increase of 9.6 per cent of N152.6 billion from N139.2 billion posted in the comparative period.
Commenting on the results, Eke said the result was reflective of FBNHolding’s focus on strengthening the organisation as well as commitment to strategic objectives to drive stability in performance and delivering sustainable growth.
“In line with our focus on revenue diversification, we continue to grow our non-interest income as we progressively become a more transaction-led institution and implement innovative and technological driven measures to improve overall efficiency.
“The macro and socio-economic conditions remain challenging given the COVID-19 pandemic and the low-interest rates environment.
“While these points negatively impacted overall revenue generation, we are confident that FBNHoldings can navigate this challenging operating environment and keep delivering sustained innovative solutions that enrich customer experience,” he said.
Dr Adesola Adeduntan, the Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank and its subsidiaries, said: “The commercial banking group’s financial performance in H1 was impressive with a 17.9 per cent and 14.9 per cent uplift in PBT and PAT, respectively.
“These results were delivered despite the challenging macro-economic conditions that were further exacerbated by the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the prevailing low yield environment which continues to compress margins.
“The effects of these factors resulted in the slight drop recorded in gross earnings and net interest income.
“Going into the second half, the bank will fully harness the returns from the strong and quality risk assets portfolio created in the first half of the year, taking advantage of the uptick in interest rates,” Adeduntan said.
He said accelerated growth in the second half of the year would be supported by the bank’s dominance and increased opportunities in the financial inclusion and digital banking businesses.