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NOVA Bank declares N1.15bn in PAT, continues to focus on growth


NOVA Merchant Bank Limited has declared a profit after tax of N1.15 billion for the year ended 31st of December 2018.

This is an increase from the N510.6 million profit after tax declared in 2017. This result also demonstrates the bank’s growth trajectory, which is expected to accelerate as it scales its business and grows its client base.

It also recorded a 54.10% growth in gross earnings from N1.22bn in 2017 to N1.88bn, grew its profit after tax by 125%, even as total assets grew by 38.89% from N18bn to N25bn year on year. This performance marks a very successful year for the newly licensed merchant bank which recently deployed a state of the art and fully digital core banking application. The Bank also recorded remarkable growth in customer acquisition and in line with its objective to be the employer of choice, promoted about a third of its workforce.

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Commenting on the result, the company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Anya Duroha, said “our stellar results are a culmination of the hard work, commitment, resilience, discipline and resourcefulness of all our employees. We have been able to drive strong customer acquisition and deploy leading edge technology whilst optimising our costs. We will continue to focus on growing our business, providing solutions tailored to our clients’ needs, building a high performance culture, motivating our employees and creating sustainable value for our shareholders” he said.

Also remarking on the results, Phillips Oduoza, Chairman of NOVA Merchant Bank, said: “We have been able to build a strong foundation for the success of the bank and approach the future with confidence and optimism in our business model, value proposition, clients and employees. We remain committed to the implementation of our over-arching philosophy of ‘new thinking, new opportunities’ to create value for all our stakeholders,” he added.