Co-op Bank Group is pleased to report a Profit Before Tax of Kshs. 16.4 Billion for the first half of 2023, representing a 7.4% growth compared to Kshs. 15.3 Billion recorded in the first half of 2022. This points to a Profit after Tax of Kshs. 12.1 Billion compared to Kshs. 11.5 Billion reported in 2022.
Key Performance highlights:
The Group has registered sustained growth as follows;
- Total Assets grew to Kshs. 664.9 Billion, a 10.1% growth from Kshs 603.9 Billion in the same period last year.
- Net loans and advances grew to Kshs. 365.4 Billion, a 10.7% growth from Kshs.330.1 Billion in 2022.
- Customer deposits grew to Kshs 463.9 Billion, a 9.7% increase from Kshs.423.0 Billion.
- External funds from development partners have increased by 43.6% to Kshs.59.4 Billion from Kshs. 41.4 Billion in 2022.
- Shareholders’ funds have grown to Kshs. 108.3 Billion, an 11.9% increase from Kshs. 96.7 Billion in 2022.
- Total operating income grew by 3.0% from Kshs. 34.4 Billion to Kshs. 35.4 Billion.
- Net interest income grew by 2.3% from Kshs 21.1 Billion to Kshs 21.5 Billion.
- Total non-interest income grew by 4.0% from Kshs. 13.3 Billion to Kshs. 13.8 Billion.
- Total operating expenses decreased by 0.1% from Kshs. 19.2 Billion to Kshs. 19.1 Billion.
The Group reports excellent efficiency gains from the various initiatives to record a Cost-to-Income Ratio of 46.0% in H12023 from 59% in FY2014 when we began our Growth & Efficiency journey.
The Group prudentially made provisions of Kshs. 2.9 Billion which has enhanced the Bank’s Loan Loss Reserve/ Coverage levels to 71.1%.
Strong Digital Footprint
A new Core Banking System goes Live as the Bank successfully upgraded the core banking system to the latest version of Finacle from Infosys, which was rated globally as the top core banking system in 2022 by Gartner.
The new banking system delivers enormous benefits which include;
- Enhanced Security: The new system features advanced security measures to protect customer data and assets more effectively.
- Improved Performance: The new system is more efficient, processing transactions and requests faster.
- Increased Flexibility and agility: The new system is designed to be more flexible, allowing us to respond to changing customer needs more effectively.
- Better User Experience: The new system features a more intuitive and user-friendly interface, making it easier for customers to access and manage their accounts.
- Through our digital channel strategy, the Bank has successfully moved 91% of all customer transactions to alternative delivery channels, a 24-hour contact centre, 546 ATMS, mobile & internet banking and over 17,000 networks of Co-op kwa Jirani agents.
- We have successfully migrated our customers to the Omni-channel, integrating accessibility and user experience. Our Omni-channel interfaces online banking through personal computers, mobile phones and USSD availing our services to all customers through their preferred channel yet retaining the same experience from wherever they are.
- MCo-op Cash Mobile wallet continues to drive substantial non-funded income streams with 5 Million customers registered and Kshs 41.3 Billion in loans disbursed in the first half of 2023, averaging Kshs. 6.9 Billion per month.
Wide Branch Network
The Bank has grown the branch network to 191 (4 in South Sudan). New seven (7) Branches (Kimana, Matuu, Thika Kwame Nkrumah, Greenwood Mall – Meru, Kenol Makuyu, Hindi – Lamu and Bamburi – Mombasa) opened in 2023, whereas five Branches (Kabarnet, Iten, Kasarani, Kamakis and Chwele) opened last year.
Co-op Consultancy & Bancassurance Intermediary Ltd posted a Profit Before Tax of Kshs 591.3 Million in Q22023, riding on strong penetration of the Bancassurance business.
- Co-operative Bank of South Sudan which is a unique joint venture (JV) partnership with the Government of South Sudan (Co-op Bank 51% and GOSS 49%) made a Profit before tax of Kshs 205.1 Million in Q22023. This performance, however, translated to a monetary loss of Kshs 36.5 Million attributable to hyper-inflation accounting occasioned by currency devaluation of the South Sudanese pound.
- Co-op Trust Investment Services Ltd contributed Kshs. 106.8 Million in Profit Before Tax in Q22023, an impressive 25% growth. The Subsidiary has Funds Under Management of Kshs. 197.3 Billion.
- Kingdom Bank Limited (A niche MSME Bank) has contributed a Profit before Tax of Kshs. 521.9 Million in Q22023, a remarkable growth of 29% from Kshs. 405.9 million reported last year.
External funds from Development Partners
The Bank signed a KShs. 12.6 Billion long-term credit agreements with global institutional investors led by the German fund, Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG). The fund will strengthen the bank’s capital base and support appropriate lending to MSMEs for future growth.
Environmental Social and Governance (ESG)
The Bank continues to implement a best-in-class ESG policy framework supported by an ESG implementation roadmap, group-wide ESG champions and ESG Governance.
Our portfolio of loans above USD 1 Million comprises Kshs. 37.4 Billion which is Green (33.2%) and Social (66.8%) affirming our commitment to sustainable banking.
Additionally, the Bank has published its first TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) report with the Central Bank of Kenya and is getting ready to report as per ISSB (International Sustainability Standards Board) inaugural sustainability standards-IFRS S1 and IFRS S2 effective 01 January 2024.
Co-op Bank Foundation, the Group’s social investment vehicle, continues to provide Scholarships to gifted but needy students from all regions of Kenya. The sponsorship includes fully paid secondary education, full fees for University education, Internships, and career openings for beneficiaries. The foundation is fully funded by the bank and has supported 10,264 students since the inception of the program.
Co-op Bank Capacity-building & Technical Assistance Fund
The Bank established a Kshs. 100 Million Fund to support agricultural co-operatives with capacity-building and digitization. The Bank has carried out capacity-building at 30 Co-operatives in the coffee, dairy, potatoes, poultry, cotton, and cereals subsectors, expected to impact over 50,000.00 individual farmers.
Direct Settlement System (Coffee Exchange)
Following a competitive selection process, the Bank has been appointed to provide the clearing and settlement platform for coffee trade by the Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE).
The Direct Settlement System (DSS), developed internally by the bank’s ICT and Innovations team, is a mission-critical infrastructure for the delivering of the much-desired transparency in the trading and settlement of trades at NCE for the benefit of all players in the coffee value chain notably farmers.
The Bank’s Director of Finance and Strategy Caroline Karimi was recognized at the Angaza Awards 2023 for her role in steering and shaping the financial services sector through her leadership. Angaza Awards were established in 2020 to recognize Africa’s Leading Women in Banking and Finance.
The Bank’s Head of Agriculture Co-operatives Business Esther Kariuki was named the African Banker of the Year 2023 for driving innovative agricultural lending models and practices that not only made small-holder farmers bankable but also made them attain competitive credit records superior to comparable borrowers in other sectors.