In a stellar performance, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd has announced a significant growth across key metrics in the first quarter of 2023 with its gross earnings hitting N245.7 billion in the first quarter of 2023.
In the first quarter 2023 financial result, First Bank posted gross earnings of N245.7 billion, a 44.2 per cent growth against the N170.4 billion it earned in the corresponding period of 2022.
A statement given to Persecondnews also put the net interest at N110 billion, a 50.9 per cent growth from N72.9 billion generated in the corresponding period of 2022.
Non-interest income was N67.8 billion, a 10.6 per cent increase compared to the corresponding period in 2022.
The bank stated that its operating expenses of N107.6 billion, in the first quarter of 2022, was up by 21 per cent from the N88.9 billion level in the corresponding period of 2022, while
it recorded a Profit before Tax of N53.5 billion in the first quarter of 2023, a 57 per cent from the N34.1 billion in the corresponding period in 2022.
“Profit after Tax for the first quarter of 2023 is N48 billion whereas it was N3 billion in the first quarter of 2022.
“Our total assets hit N10.6 trillion, a 5.1 per cent rise from N10.1 trillion in the preceding year.”
It added that its customers loans and advances (net) totalled N3.9 trillion, up by 4.5 per cent year-to-date as of December 2022, and standing at N3.7 trillion.
The bank customers’ deposits were N7.4 trillion, up by 6.64 per cent year-to-date as of December 2022, which was N6.9 trillion.
Speaking on the development, the Chief Executive Officer of First Bank, Commercial Banking Group, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, said: “The First Bank Group delivered an impressive performance in quarter one of 2023, with significant growth across key metrics.
“Gross earnings recorded a substantial increase of 44.2 per cent year-on-year, demonstrating the bank’s ability to generate substantial revenue from core operations.
“Net interest income saw a remarkable surge of 50.9 per cent year-on-year on the back of optimal asset pricing and effective management of interest-earning assets.
“Increasing penetration of digital and transaction banking offerings supported our Quarter one performance in non-interest income by 15.3 per cent growth.
“The increase of 21 per cent year-on-year in operating expense reflects the high inflationary environment but within revenue growth.
“The commercial banking group delivered substantial growth of 57 per cent in profit before tax.NProfit after tax for the quarter grew by 54.8 per cent.”
Adeduntan said the growth in the bank’s performance metrics underlies the strength in the core fundamentals underpinning its business strategy and sustainability of its business model.