Zenith Bank tops in Nigeria by Tier-1 capital


THE Banker Magazine has rated Zenith Bank Plc as the number one bank in Nigeria by Tier-one Capital in the 2020 Top 1,000 World Bank Ranking.  The bank said it climbed a whopping 29 spots from 425 in 2019 to 386 in the 2020 global ranking of banks.

In a statement on Thursday, July 2, in Lagos, the bank retained its position as the number one Tier-one bank in Nigeria with Tier-one capital of 2.79 billion dollars. According to the statement, this figure represented an increase of 16.1 percent when compared with the 2.40 billion dollars achieved in the 2019 ranking.

It noted that the ranking published in July 2020 edition of The Banker Magazine of the Financial Times Group, United Kingdom, was based on the 2019 year-end Tier-one capital of banks globally. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, group managing director of the bank, said the ranking had attested to the bank’s market leadership.

Onyeagwu said the ranking was the outcome of a well-thought-out strategy of always delighting and creating value for its teeming customers through a broad range of superior product offerings, best-in-class service and top-of-the-range technology. “Tier-one capital describes the capital adequacy of a bank and it is the core measure of a bank’s financial strength from a regulator’s point of view,” he said.

The bank chief noted that the bank has clearly distinguished itself in the Nigerian financial services industry through superior quality service, unique customer experience and sound financial indices.

“The bank, with a knack for setting the pace and raising benchmarks, is a clear leader in the digital space with several firsts in the deployment of innovative products, solutions and an assortment of alternative channels.”

The bank, as a testament for its resilience and market leadership, announced a profit after tax of N208.8 billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2019, achieving the feat as the first Nigerian bank to cross the N200 billion mark. It also, for the first quarter ended March 31, posted gross earnings of N166.8 billion and profit before tax of N58.8 billion.

– Jul. 3, 2020 @ 16:29 GMT |

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