GT Bank Forecasts N22bn Net Profit In Q3

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Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has forecast gross earnings of N106.1 billion and profit after tax of N21.9 billion for the third quarter ending September 30, 2009.

The bank had already reported gross earnings of N36 billion for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009 compared with N23 billion in the first quarter of 2008, representing a growth of 57 per cent, profit before tax of N13 billion as against N9 billion in 2008; an increase of 44 per cents and a profit after tax of N10 billion as against N7 billion, a growth of 43 per cent.

Also, GT Bank had reported gross earnings of N104.120 billion for the 10 months ended December 31, 2008 compared with gross earnings of N81.496 billion during the 12 months ended February 28, 2008, representing a growth of 28 per cent.

The bank’s profit after tax stood at N28.316 billion in 2008 as against N21.169 billion in the 2007/2008 accounting year, an increase of 34 per cent.

The directors of the GTBank had recommended a divided of N1.00 per share and a bonus of one new share for every four held shareholders whose names appear in the register of members at May 5, 2009.

Mr Tayo Aderinokun, managing director of the bank, told business editors in Lagos recently that the bank would expand its operation to Francophone West Africa following the completion of its Anglo West African expansion.

He said the bank would leverage on the reputation of existing subsidiaries and also embarked on selected investment in the 2009 trading year.

The managing director said the goal of the bank is to become the number one bank in Nigeria in terms of profit before tax and return on equity by 2012.  He said the bank intended to achieve the feat by maintaining its cost income stability and enhancing its leadership across West Africa.

The managing director also said the bank would achieve the targeted performances through focus on growth business, enhanced product and service offering and cost leadership.

Aderinokun said in institutional banking, the bank would capitalize on its existing relationship, oil and gas, telecoms and power, increase penetration in strengthening sectors as well as infrastructure and construction.

In the retail segment of the market, GTBank will target emerging, under-banked Nigerian middle class, embark on strategic branch expansion and invest in alternative delivery channels.

The bank will also focus on insurance, mortgage banking, investment banking and asset management and stock brokerage.

The managing director said under the future outlook of the bank, it would also ensure cost leadership through monthly budgets, out-sourcing of non-incentives for cost savings and invest in reliable technology and “productive” distribution channels.

The bank’s strategy has started to pay off as its first quarter performance for the 2009 trading year showed remarkable improvement over that of 2007.

GT Bank was incorporated as private limited liability company on July 20, 1990.  It obtained a licence to operate as a commercial bank on August 1, 1990 and it commenced business on February 11, 1991.

It became a public limited liability company on April 2, 1996 and its shares were listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on September 9, 1996.