KCB doubles income to Sh15bn as NBK gamble pays off

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Thursday August 19 2021

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KCB Community CEO Joshua Oigara (left), Chairman Andrew Kairu (centre) and the CFO Lawrence Kimathi within the direction of the monetary institution’s half-year results announcement on the Nairobi Serena Hotel on August 19, 2021. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG

KCB Community #ticker:KCB doubled its obtain income for the necessary six months to June to Sh15.3 billion as its subsidiary Nationwide Bank of Kenya #ticker:NBK returned to profitability.

The monetary institution’s earnings came on the motivate of lowered provisioning for immoral debts from Sh11 billion space apart final year to Sh6.5 billion in June 2021, permitting the lender to plough motivate the profits.

KCB also made Sh47.1 billion by lending to the internal most sector and government, a 14 p.c bounce from Sh41.3 billion it made in a same length final year.

Its investment in Nationwide Bank is also paying motivate because the subsidiary posted a Sh717.6 million in half-year obtain income from an absence of Sh381.3 million in 2020.

“We saw a stable first half of the year for the enterprise with improved financial project. The resilient and diversified nature of our enterprise has helped us navigate the unfolding impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” stated KCB Community chief executive Joshua Oigara at an investor briefing on Thursday.

A rebound within the financial system has viewed lenders narrative outstanding results as prospects resume mortgage repayments and borrowing.

Putrid loans

Final year, banks took a conservative intention on the motivate of the pandemic to space apart billions of cash to duvet for mortgage defaults, rising to 45.8 p.c in response to the Kenya Bankers Association.

KCB stated a huge chunk of its Sh95.7 billion non-performing mortgage that grew from Sh83.9 billion within the same length final year occurred within the direction of the 2nd half of 2020, highlighting the stress on prospects and their enterprise due to the of the healthcare crisis.

With lowered mortgage loss provisioning, the lenders are ploughing motivate the money to net bigger lending and enhance their profits. 

KCB Community’s mortgage book grew to Sh606.9 billion in June this year, from Sh559.8 billion within the necessary half of final year. Customer deposits grew from Sh758.2 billion to Sh786 billion in a same length.

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