Around this time last year, Equity bank released Equity Group half year profit after tax which was Ksh 9.4 billion. Fast forward to this year Equity announced their half year profits after tax and the figure was 18% higher than the previous year. Equity Group half year profit after tax, for the period ending 30th June 2018 stood at Ksh. 11 billion.
I previously wrote an article supporting a survey that showed Kenyan banks are among the most profitable institutions in the world.
This is because the country enjoys a significant number of middle-class citizens who are in constant need of credits to grow their businesses. Kenya is one of the leading countries when it comes to fintech.
Banks have been on the frontline of giving Kenyans microloans which explain the success that they have had.
Breakdown of Equity Group half year profit after tax
For Equity bank, customer deposits grew 9% to Kshs.394 billion up from Kshs.363 billion which had the effect of growing the balance sheet to Ksh. 542 billion up from Ksh. 505 billion.
The financial services group invested Ksh. 159 billion in government securities in the period up from Ksh. 116 billion. Customer loans also increased to Ksh. 275 billion up from Ksh. 265 billion.
The banks also saw an increase in the interest income which grew by 10% earning the Equity bank Ksh 25.4 billion up from Ksh 23 billion earned in the previous half. This was driven by investment in government securities that grew by 37% and loans and advances growth of 4%.
The bank also enjoys a 2% increase in non-funded income fees and commissions. This was derived from a 29% growth in trade finance income. 23% growth in merchant banking commission, 27% growth in forex capital gains.
35% growth in swift and RTGs income, 54% growth in bond trading income and 165% growth in Diaspora remittances income. Contrariwise, operating expenses declined by 2% from Ksh. 17.6 billion to Ksh. 17.3 billion.
It should be noted that the profits announced come from operating in various regions in East Africa including, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan.