Shareholders of Jaiz Bank Plc have approved a total dividend of N883.9 million, representing 3 kobo per share for the 2020 financial year at the 9th annual general meeting of the bank.
Speaking at the meeting in Abuja, chairman of the Bank, Umaru Abdul Mutallab, said the bank worked assiduously towards ensuring that the dividend payment is made to shareholders to enable them meet their aspirations.
He added that despite the challenging economic environment that was aggravated by COVID-19 pandemic, gross earnings rose by 33 per cent from N14.70 billion in 2019 to N19.60 billion in 2020.
According to the audited financial results for the 2020 financial year, Jaiz Bank Plc recorded a Profit Before Tax (PBT) of N3.10 billion, a 45 per cent increase over the N2.11 billion recorded in the previous year.
Similarly, there was an increase in the profit after tax from N2.44 billion in the preceding year to N2.90 billion for the year ended December 31, 2020, which reflects the continuous growth in profitability witnessed by the bank over the last three years.
The bank’s total assets during the year under review grew to N233.66 billion as against N167.33 billion realised in the previous year, representing a 40 per cent growth.
The managing director/chief executive officer, Hassan Usman, said the bank has demonstrated financial resilience by remaining profitable during a tumultuous year and assured stakeholders of the board’s commitment to continue to sustain the positive trend.
He said: “This sterling performance is reassuring and gives us confidence to pursue our vision to be the clear leader in ethical banking in sub-Saharan Africa.”