UBA Ghana has recorded a 46% growth in deposit, emerging as the best performing bank in terms of deposits mobilisation for the 2021 year under review.
The bank has crossed the GH¢4billion mark when the industry average was about 16.7%. The impressive deposit mobilised is an expression of satisfaction with the bank’s service by customers.
With strong growth in the deposit base, the bank is properly positioned to increase its loans and advances to customers, and increase the wallet share in loans granted to customers.
A close examination of the bank statement shows that the bank grew its net interest income from GH¢312million to GH¢337million, while net fees and commission also went up by over GH¢7million. By this, the bank recorded a profit before tax of GH¢218million in the 2021 review year.
The bank grew its total assets from GH¢3.95billion at the close of 2020 to over GH¢5.3billion by December 31, 2021, representing a 36% improvement in the asset position of the bank. The growth in the asset base of the bank was largely driven by additional investments earning assets.
Investment securities within the review period grew from GH¢1.24bn in 2020 to GHS 2.71bn in 2021.
Total liabilities of the bank for the year under review stood at GH¢4.24bn, an increase of GH¢1.28bn from the GH¢2.95bn posted in December 2020.
The bank’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) witnessed a marginal reduction ending 2021 with a CAR of 22.8% from the previous year’s CAR of 24.4%.
Despite the marginal decline, UBA Ghana’s 22.8% CAR is well above Bank of Ghana’s 11.5% minimum CAR regulatory requirement.
The loan asset quality of UBA Ghana witnessed significant improvement, as the bank was able to reduce its non-performing loans (NPL) by 14.9 percentage points. Effective implementation of risk management policies resulted in an improvement of the ratio of the non-performing loan to 29.4% (from 44.3% at the end of 2020) as of close of the year.