The UBA shareholders, consequently, approved the payment of N19.9 billion as final dividends for the financial year, which ended on December 2016; in addition to N7.3 billion interim dividend paid after the audit of its 2016 Half Year Results.
The shareholders, who unanimously approved the N0.55/share final dividend on every ordinary share of N0.50 each, were particularly impressed by the new Group Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, who delivered unprecedented results to shareholders at his inaugural AGM.
UBA had earlier paid an interim dividend of N0.20/share to shareholders, bringing the total dividend for the 2016 financial year to N0.75kobo, an impressive 25 per cent growth over the total dividend of N0.60/share paid for the 2015 financial year.
An official statement issued by the Bank said the total dividend of N0.75/share translated to an unparalleled yield of 14.3 per cent when put in the perspective of UBA’s share price of N5.26 on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, as at the close of market on Friday, April 7, 2017.
“The Shareholders were excited at the sterling performance of the Group, an impressive 22% year-on-year growth in gross earnings and an outstanding 32% year-on-year growth in profit to N91 billion, in what analysts described as ‘an attestation to UBA’s resilience and enhanced productivity’, the statement said.
“Worthy of note to the shareholders is the contribution from the Group’s African subsidiaries, emphasising its earnings diversification, across geographies, which reduces the Group’s vulnerability to macroeconomic pressures in any single market,” the statement.
The Group’s ex-Nigeria subsidiaries contributed 32% of the Group’s profit in 2016, compared to a quarter of profit contribution in the 2015 financial year.
Notwithstanding the challenging operating environment, the Group recorded an impressive 22 per cent growth in gross earnings to N384 billion in 2016, from N315 billion in the 2015 financial year, illustrating the Bank’s resilience and tenacity to generate earnings even in periods of economic slowdown.
The Group also achieved a significant 32 percent growth in profit before tax to N91 billion compared to N68 billion profit recorded over the same period of 2015.
UBA’s profit after tax grew by 22 per cent to N72 billion, from the N60 billion recorded the previous year.
The President of the Association for the Advancement of the Rights of Nigerian Shareholders, Alhaji Farouk Umar, said at the AGM, “It is obvious from the faces of shareholders that all of us are happy with the performance of the bank,” the statement said.
“We did not expect anything less because we know that that our chairman is an achiever not only locally but also internationally. We have seen the African expansion and its contribution to our earnings
and I believe this is also commendable.”
The Group Chairman of UBA Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu, gave credit to the chairpersons of UBA subsidiary Boards across Africa saying: “These hard working men and women, who chair the Boards across our businesses in Africa, have helped contribute a third of the overall profit of the Group. I believe they deserve commendation. They are strengthening UBA brand across Africa, in line with our aspiration.”
He was particularly pleased with the Bank’s new CEO, Kennedy Uzoka. ‘At the Board level, we are extremely pleased by the financial performance that Kennedy and his team delivered in 2016. Kennedy and his team prioritize the Customer and they are diligently executing the Customer First project, which the Board believes will sustainably enhance the performance of the Group,” said Mr Elumelu.
“Our results show the tenacity and enterprise of our Management team and Staff. More importantly is our ability to proactively meet customers’ need. I am pleased that UBA maintains some of the best prudential ratios in the industry, as our capital adequacy ratio.”