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    Four Banks Lost N17bn In Three Months

    The slowdown in the economy, which has led to a high rate of non-performing loans in the banking system, made four banks to lose at least N17bn in profits in the first quarter of this year, results of the financial institutions posted on the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange have shown.

    Specifically, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Unity Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc recorded a combined decline of N17bn in their profits before tax for the three months ended March 31, 2016, when compared with the corresponding period of 2015.

    According to the 2016 first quarter unaudited financial results filed with the NSE, Ecobank, GTB, Unity Bank and Diamond Bank recorded profit before tax of N20.63bn, N30.68bn, N1.05bn and N6.04bn, respectively.

    When compared with the PBT of N30.52bn, N32.65bn, N4.26bn and N7.94bn recorded by the banks in the first quarter of 2015, the combined PBT of the four banks dropped by N17bn from N75.4bn in the first quarter of last year to 58.4bn in the same period in 2016.

    While Ecobank’s PBT fell from N30.52bn in the first quarter of 2015 to N20.63bn in a similar period of this year, GTBank’s dropped from N32.65bn to N30.68bn. That of Unity Bank dropped from N4.26bn to N1.05bn, while Diamond Bank’s came down from N7.94bn to N6.04bn.

    In terms of their profit after tax, the four banks recorded a decline of N14bn.

    Nigerian banks had been posting sharp increases in profits before tax and profits after tax since 2011 after the establishment of the Asset Management of Corporation of Nigeria in 2010 following the banking sector crisis in 2009.
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