National Bank of Kenya (NBK) has posted Kshs117 million in Profit after Tax for the first quarter of 2023 ending March.
The Bank recorded a strong growth in non-funded income which registered a 60 percent growth to Ksh884 million compared to Ksh551 million over the same period in 2022. This was driven mainly by better performance in FX income, which registered an increase of 115 percent.
NBK Managing Director George Odhiambo noted that they will continue supporting its clients to fully unlock their financial potential through digitization and innovative solutions. “The Bank’s foundation remains solid, reinforced by strong customer obsession and a highly liquid and well capitalized balance sheet that provides a platform for sustainable growth. We shall continue to deliver value and find opportunities that support inclusive long-term growth,” he said.
During the period, the Bank received an injection of additional Tier II Capital from the parent KCB Group PLC. This has ensured that the Bank is capitalized with sufficient capital buffers in line with minimum regulatory requirements.
Overall revenue increased by 1 percent for the quarter, as the growth in non-funded income was offset by a 14 percent reduction in net interest income, because of the challenging macro- economic environment.
The Bank’s balance sheet registered a Kshs11.1 billion growth, underpinned by growth in both loan advances growth and customer deposits.
Customer loans and advances grew by Kshs7.2 billion to Ksh75 billion which represents an 11 percent growth. Customer deposits rose by 1.2 percent to Ksh100 billion during the period under review.
Total operating expenses increased to Ksh2.2 billion, a 11 percent jump largely driven by increased investments in strategic Bank projects to enhance operational excellence and customer experience.
Looking ahead, the Bank believes that the ongoing global economic recovery efforts will strengthen as the year progresses. Considerable progress has been made on the priorities that include SME Banking as well as Agri and County Business.