Equity Group Kenya register double Net Profits

Kenya’s Equity Group saw its net profit nearly double for the 12 months to December 31, 2021 on the back of a reduction in loan loss provisions and growth in interest income from lending to the government.

Profit After Tax increased by 99% to Kshs 40.1 billion ($343.59 million) from Kshs 20.1 billion ($173.5 million)  with Profit Before Tax recording a growth of 134% to Kshs 51.9 billion up from Kshs 22.2 billion the previous year.

Net interest income grew by 25% to Kshs 68.8 billion up from Kshs 55.1 billion. This was driven by a 23% growth in loan book to Kshs 587.8 billion up from Kshs 477.8 billion and an 81% growth in investment in Government securities to Kshs 394.1 billion up from Kshs 217.4 billion.

Non funded income grew by 15% to Kshs 43.6 billion up from Kshs 37.8 billion driven mainly by trade finance, payment channels and foreign exchange trading income. Trade finance registered a 55% growth in revenue to Kshs 3.2 billion up from Kshs 2.1 billion.

The Group has recommended a record dividend payout of Kshs 3 per share totalling Kshs 11.3 billion which is a 50% jump from previous dividend pay-out after earnings per share grew by 98% to Kshs 10.40 up from Kshs 5.20 the previous year.

Total income grew by 21% to surpass the psychological $1 billion mark to record Kshs 112.4 billion up from Kshs 92.9 billion the previous year.

Despite a 24% growth in staff costs to Kshs 19.1 billion, growth in other operating costs to Kshs 36.5 billion up from the Kshs 30.6 billion, total costs recorded a decline of 16% to Kshs 60.5 billion down from Kshs 71.9 billion driven by an 81% decline in loan loss provision to Kshs 4.9 billion down from Kshs 25.9 billion the previous year.

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