Adjudged one of the budding financial institutions in Nigeria, Unity Bank Plc has been growing fast. It has taken bold and audacious steps to round up the year on a stronger note, to the satisfaction of its growing number of customers.
The bank has enjoyed an organisational cultural modification, with a rich history sprawling back to 2006, Unity Bank under the leadership of Mrs. Tomi Somefun has invested in tools to help it reinvent itself and take on more challenges.
The bank has leveraged on technologies by introducing more customer-friendly and digital experiences to its customers.
True, the bank is creating more initiatives even in the very short term to broaden its retail focus, ride on novel technology and digital Banking to push aggressively on product marketing in addition to major activations in identified market segments to attract sustainable streams of income for the Bank.
With its impressive financial performance recorded in the financial year, Unity Bank has signaled its firm resolve for profitability, growth and industry leadership. This is confirmed by its improved credit ratings and international recognitions.
Recently, the bank declared a N2.2 billion profit for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2022, with 17per percent growth in gross earnings to N42.2 billion for the same period, as against N36.2 billion in the corresponding period of 2021.
According to the financial institution, this increase can be attributed to new products that are focused on deep penetration and driving volume in the retail market space.
Mrs. Tomi Somefun, the Managing Director/CEO of Unity Bank Plc, said that the outlook for the full year 2022 remains positive, reflecting optimism, stability, and growth in key performance indicators. She noted that the growth trajectory recorded in the Bank’s revenue (17%), Profit (5%), and deposit (4%), etc., is a testament to the positive sentiment in the market, especially at a time the market is experiencing a downturn with high inflationary trend and volatility which impacts negatively on the operating environment.
“The outlook for our financial position for the current year is bright as the Bank is increasingly innovating with products and collaborative strategies to diversify our portfolio businesses while taking advantage of robust technological resources to take on mass market & the unbanked sector thereby boosting income and liability generation and financial inclusion of the banking ecosystem,” she said.
No doubt, Unity Bank’s transition to sustained growth in performance indices, jas prompted National and international ratings.
The bank has enjoyed improved asset quality, healthy profitability, improved capitalisation, stable funding base, strong franchise as well as resolution of governance irregularities, under the leadership of Tomi Somefun.
A review of the Agric-focused lender’s unaudited nine-month results released to the Nigerian Exchange Limited on Friday showed that the Bank’s Profit Before Tax (PBT) rose by five per cent to close at N2.206 billion. The Bank also recorded an equal marginal growth in its Profit After Tax (PAT) which increased to N2.029 billion, representing a five per cent rise from N1.9 billion recorded in the same period of 2021.
While maintaining the retail expansionary and customer-centric business model, Unity Bank continued its growth momentum as total loans and advances as of September 30, 2022, reported N284.2 billion, which represents a six per cent spurt from the N269.3 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2021, even as the lender maintains strict compliance with the prevailing prudential guidelines.
Other key highlights of the 9-month financials include customer deposits of N334.7 billion which represents a four per cent increase from N322.3 billion in the corresponding period. The position underscores the increasing uptake of the market for the Bank’s products innovation, and mass-market-oriented retail focus that continues to boil wide acceptance across various segments of the mass market.
With a standard Environmental Social and Governance Management System in place, Unity Bank has been employing international best practice tools to manage its business.
Olamide Adeniji is a member of the editorial team of TheScript Newspaper