The shareholders of the pan-African financial institution, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has applauded the Board, Management and Staff at the 55th Annual General Meeting of the Bank, held in Lagos on Friday April, 7, 2017.
UBA shareholders, approved the payment of N19.9 billion as final dividend for the financial year ending December 31, 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 percent growth over the total dividend of N0.60/share paid for the 2015 financial year.
Furthermore, the total dividend of N0.75/share translates to an unparalleled yield of 14.3 percent 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 07, 2017.
The Shareholders were excited at the sterling performance of the Group, an impressive 22 percent year-on-year growth in gross earnings and an outstanding 32 percent year-on-year growth in profit to N91 billion, in what analysts described as an attestation to UBA’s resilience and enhanced productivity.
Worthy of note to the shareholders is the contribution from the Group’s African subsidiaries, emphasizing its earnings diversification, across geographies which reduces the Group’s vulnerability to macroeconomic pressures in any single market. The Group’s ex-Nigeria subsidiaries contributed 32 percent 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 percent 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 further 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 percent to N72 billion, from N60 billion recorded the previous year.
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. 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.