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FBN Holdings posts 8% jump in profit after selling off insurance unit
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FBN Holdings posts 8% jump in profit after selling off insurance unit

Financial services group FBN Holdings Plc has announced an 8.2 per cent profit rise for 2020, even though interest income fell by N45.357 billion, as the proceeds from the insurance subsidiary it sold in June strengthened earnings.

Interest income came to N386.577 billion, 10.5 per cent weaker than the N431.934 billion reported at FY2019, figures gleaned by PREMIUM TIMES from FBN Holdings unaudited financial statement for the period showed.

The earnings release on Friday made the group the first of Nigeria’s five biggest banks by asset (others being United Bank for Africa, Guaranty Trust Bank, Access Bank and Zenith Bank) to issue its financials for FY2020.

Fee and commission income grew by 18.9 per cent to N122.966 billion from N103.381 billion.

Pre-tax profit inched up from N75.286 billion to N78.114 billion, translating to a 3.8% increase.

Profit for the year advanced 8.2 per cent to N79.708 billion from N73.665 billion, thanks to the injection of N13.773, being proceeds from FBN Holdings discontinued insurance operations, into the firm.

FBN Holdings, the parent company of Nigeria’s oldest lender FirstBank of Nigeria Limited, last year completed the divestment of its 65 per cent stake in FBN Insurance Limited to South Africa’s Sanlam Emerging Markets Limited, which previously owned 35 per cent of the underwriter’s shares.

It injected N25 billion of the divestment sum into its commercial banking subsidiary First Bank in August after restructuring its loan portfolio.

Earnings per share (basic and diluted) for the period under review rose 11.8 per cent from N1.95 to N2.18.

Shareholders’ fund enlarged from N661.125 billion to N755.604 billion, signalling a 14.3 per cent jump.

Shares in FBN Holdings traded in Lagos on Monday for N7.50 per unit at 11:03 am, down by 1.32 per cent.

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