FNB rakes in N$350m from banking fees

FNB has reported an 18% growth in banking fees and commission income to N$350 million in the six months ended 31 December 2012.
In total, non-interest income increased by 20% to N$403 million.The country’s largest bank by assets, attributed the increase to a good growth in accounts and transaction volumes.
Earnings per share from continuing operations increased by 14% to 121.3 cents, up from 106.7 cents in 2011. Headline earnings per share increased by 12% to 121.3 cents.
Year on year advances also increased 18% to N$16 billion. Main categories of growth were: overdrafts and fair value advances 31%, WesBank 15%, term loans 15% and home loans 14%. Deposits grew by 5% to N$17 billion.
Profit increased by 12% to N$292 million compared to N$261 million in 2011. The group declared an interim dividend of 46 cents in January 2013 compared to 41 cents last year.
Net interest income increased by 10% to N$488 million up from N$443 million. The bank says margins have been well managed through the low interest rate cycle.
Over the past year, cellphone banking transactions have increased by 83% and internet banking volumes are up 18%. However, foreign exchange income at N$32 million was marginally down on the corresponding period last year, on lower volumes and increased competition.