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Zenith Bank makes ₦3 Billion Profit in first quarter

Revenue hits N12.4 Billion

The financial result of Zenith Bank Plc for the first quarter ended 30 September 2005 was released on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Monday this week and was received with great enthusiasm by investors and capital market operators.

The results show that the bank’s gross revenue increased by 56% over the same period last year while profit before taxation increased significantly by 84%. Gross revenue for the period amounted to N12.4 billion while profit before taxation was N3.018 billion, indicating a net profit margin of 24%, which is an improvement from 20% recorded in the same period last year. Put differently, the bank’s operational efficiency has improved significantly as it is making a profit of N1 from every N4 of revenue earned which is a significant improvement from a profit of N1 from every N5 of revenue earned last year.

This strong earnings results is obviously reassuring to all market operators and the investing public that the bank will brace the tape strongly at the end of the current financial year in June 2006. Zenith Bank remains one of the strongest bank’s in the banking industry and is expected to maintain the remarkable earnings streak it is known for irrespective of the on-going reforms in the industry.

The bank is set to meet its profit forecasts and dividend promise to its shareholders.

In the last financial year Zenith Bank doled out over N4.2 billion as dividend to its shareholders which was its first year of listing on the Stock exchange.

Stockbrokers and investors believe that with this improved performance of its first quarter result, many are likely to take advantage and shore up their stock value to reap bountifully at the end of the bank’s financial year in June.

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