Jaiz Bank shareholders to get N884m dividend

Shareholders of Jaiz Bank Plc are  to receive N884m dividend subjected to appropriate withholding tax.

The Chairman,  Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, disclosed this at the 8th Annual General Meeting of the bank held via webinar on Thursday.

Mutallab said the non-interest bank had approved its proposed first dividend payment of N0.03 kobo per 50 kobo ordinary share for the year ended 2019.

“This dividend, despite being modest, signifies a lot to our shareholders, board and management. We remain strongly committed to sustaining the tempo in the coming year, God’s willing,” Mutallab said.

He stated that the payment would be made electronically to shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at June 26, 2020.

According to him, the shareholders must have completed the e-dividend registration for the registrar to pay their dividends directly into their bank accounts.

“The bank declared a Profit After Tax of N2.4bn in its audited financial results for the year 2019, showing a surge of 193 per cent from N834.4m recorded in the corresponding period of 2018.

“The bank also declared a 135 percentage increase in Profit Before Tax for the period under review from N879.7m recorded in 2018 to N2.1bn in 2019.

“Highlights of the audited financial statement showed that gross income grew by 80 per cent to N13.5bn in 2019, from N7.5bn recorded in 2018, while total assets gained 54 per cent to N167.27bn in 2019 from N108.46bn recorded in 2018,” he stated.

In his remarks, the Managing Director, Hassan Usman, said the progress the bank made in 2019 was broad-based, apart from stronger income statement and salance sheet.

He said they had also tackled the bank’s efficiency base, with the consequent reduction in its Cost-Income-Ratio from 87.28 per cent in 2018 to 80.21 per cent in 2019.

According to him, the bank delivered stronger Return on Equity of 13.57 per cent during the year, a significant increase of over 100 per cent when compared with that of 2018.

The bank is strongly committed towards creating optimum value to all its stakeholders, he added.

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