The founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia is anticipated to earn an enormous sum of N9.575 billion in dividend for the monetary yr ended December 2020
The extremely revered banker is the only majority shareholder of Zenith Bank as he instantly owns 3,546,199,395 models of the fast-rising financial institution inventory out of the 31,396,493,787 peculiar shares obtainable. This offers him an 11.29% direct curiosity within the Tier -1 financial institution.
It’s nonetheless necessary to notice that such dividend is topic to a ten% withholding tax in Nigeria.
Recall that a couple of day in the past, the Board of Directors of the financial institution in an announcement launched by way of the Nigerian Stock Exchange proposed a last dividend of N2.70, amounting to a complete payout of N3.00 per share for the monetary yr 2020 (interim: N0.30).
This proposal displays the previous yr’s strong efficiency and seems to sign that Zenith financial institution stays well-positioned to carry out within the present monetary yr. However, there was a decrease payout ratio at 40.9% in comparison with FY’19 (42.1%).
- Key earnings drivers to the monetary yr efficiency beneath evaluate had been a 90 foundation factors drop in the price of funds to 2.1%, which propelled web curiosity revenue (+12.2% YoY) and a 3.8x bounce in revaluation positive aspects to N43.4 billion.
- These offset pressures from working prices (the fee to revenue ratio rose 1.2ppts to 50.0%) and impairment expenses (price of danger rose 40basis factors to 1.5%)
Described as the ‘Godfather of banking in Nigeria’ by Forbes Africa, Jim Ovia is sort of fashionable for his enterprise dexterity and management expertise, particularly within the banking sector.
His early curiosity in know-how was the explanation Zenith Bank turned the primary Nigerian firm to have a useful web site in 1995 and was in a position to easily migrate its operations from analog instances to a digital period.
From a single department in a residential constructing, Zenith Bank now has a whole lot of branches throughout Nigeria and several other subsidiaries in different nations. The financial institution turned a Public Limited Company in 2001 and was listed on the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE), and afterward the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
On the twenty seventh of April 2007, Zenith Bank Plc turned the primary Nigerian financial institution in 25 years to be licensed by the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA), giving rise to Zenith Bank UK Limited.