Financial services giant, CBZ Holdings Limited (CBZH), recorded a 36% decline in profit after tax to ZWL$ 2.4 billion for the half-year ended 30 June 2021 down from ZWL$ 3.7 billion in 2020.
The Group’s total comprehensive income for the period fell by 61% to ZWL$2.03 billion from ZWL$5.27 billion recorded in the same period last year.
Meanwhile, net interest income for the Group rose by 37% to ZWL$2.04 billion from ZWL$1.48 billion during the same period.
Total assets increased by 28% to ZWL$146 billion from ZWL$114.5 billion that was recorded during the same comparable period.
In a statement accompanying the results, the CBZ Holdings Chairperson Marc Holtzman noted that on the capital markets, the CBZH share price closed the half-year at ZWL8399 cents. He said:
The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange benchmark index rose by 135% in the period under review and as a result, CBZH ended the half-year as the fourth largest counter on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of ZWL 43.9 billion.
Meanwhile, the Group’s biggest subsidiary, CBZ Bank, recorded a 216% surge in interest income to ZWL$7.88 billion during the half-year due to an increase in loans and advances which were up 53% to ZWL$45. 9 billion.
All banks saw their cost bases expand in response to the shift in the environment characterized by higher inflation and exchange rate depreciation, as a result, staff costs for the Bank increased by 35% to ZWL$ 1.8 billion.
Staff costs contributed 54% to the total costs while operating expenditure for the period increased by 63%.
Resultantly, the bank’s profit for the period was up 177% to ZWL1.6 billion from ZWL$ 582 million during the prior comparative period, making it the second-highest bank in terms of profits during the half-year.
CBZ Bank continues to be the largest bank in terms of asset base after it recorded a 25% increase in assets.
The Board proposed a declaration of an interim dividend of $500 000 000 or 95.78 cents per share, this declaration translates to a growth of 42.8% on the comparative 2020 interim dividend.
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