Emeka Emuwa, CEO, Union Bank

Union Bank of Nigeria Plc has posted a 2.8 percent rise in its profit before tax for the 2020 financial year, to N25.4 billion from N24.7 billion in 2019.

This is according to the bank’s financial statement released on Thursday.

Further look at the numbers, however showed that the bank’s gross earnings dipped by 1.9 per cent to N156.9 billion from N159.9 billion in 2019.

It said gross loans were up 23.8 per cent to N736.7bn (N595.3bn in FY 2019) driven by targeted lending to key sectors of the economy.

Union Bank said its customer deposits increased by 27.6 per cent to N1.13tn from N886.3bn in 2019, reflecting its agility in delivering a compelling range of products to customers during the pandemic and increased adoption of its digital channels.

It said non-performing loans ratio was down to four per cent from 5.8 per cent in 2019, driven by a disciplined recoveries strategy (N7.2bn in 2020), a more robust loan book and key restructurings to support customers during the pandemic.

The Chief Executive Officer, Union Bank, Emeka Emuwa, said, “The bank has delivered a strong set of results notwithstanding the impact of COVID-19 on our operations and the wider economy, enabling the board of directors to continue to return value to shareholders with a proposed dividend payment for the second year in a row.

“This demonstrates the strong foundations we have built, as we continue to deliver against our target of becoming a leading financial institution in Nigeria.”

He added, “As I retire following eight years of rebuilding and repositioning this storied institution, I am convinced that with the excellent management team and a clear strategy in place, Union Bank is well-positioned to continue to compete and deliver value to its shareholders