I & M Holdings Plc (Kenya) – FY 2021 PAT up 78% to RWF 9.2 billion

By Published On: May 16th, 2022Categories: Corporate announcement, Earnings

I&M Bank (Rwanda) Limited (IM.rw) 2021 Abridged Report

Kigali, Rwanda, 23″4 March 2022, I&M Bank (Rwanda) PLC has announced its financial results for the year ended 31* December 2021.

Commenting on the financial results, Mr. Robin Bairstow, the CEO of I&M Bank (Rwanda) PLC said: “Our results highlight our efforts in improving our digital infrastructure in line with our strategy and aspiration to be Rwanda’s leading financial partner for growth. These results are a credit to our customer relationships and the hard work of all our staff.”

2021 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE (VS 2020)

Income Statement highlights

  • The Bank has reported RWF 31.7 Billion in net revenue in 2021, up 24% year-on-year, driven by an increase in net interest income of 20% and a 69% reduction in credit impairment charges.The growth in digital adoption (74% of all customer-initiated transactions in the Bank now go through digital channels) helped drive improvements in efficiency and customer satisfaction, with the Bank’s cost-to-income ratio at 62.1%. Operating Expenses for the year were RWF 21 Billion versus RWF 17.8 Billion for the same period in 2020.
  • Net credit impairment charges as of 31 st December 2021 were RWF 1.7 Billion, down from RWE 5.5 Billion recorded in 2020 on the back of improved macroeconomic conditions and easing of business and health restrictions. These results led to a return on Equity (ROAE) of 15.69% from 10.99% recorded in 2020, and a Return on Assets of 2.07% from 1.39% in 2020.
  • Profit after tax for the period was RWF 9.2 Billion, a 78% year-on-year growth impacted by the reduction in income tax expenses due to the tax incentive benefited from the Bank’s investment in its new headquarters.

Balance sheet highlights

  • Net customer loans in 2021 increased by 8% year-on-year to RWF 222 Billion from RWF 205 Billion. The growth was supported by new deals booked across all segments and improvements in credit quality with the NPL ratio curtailed at 3.45%. : * Total financial investments as of 31* December 2021 were RWF 91.5 Billion (2020: RWF101 Billion).
  • Deposits held for customers and financial institutions were up by 10% to RWF 327Billion, resulting in a loan-to-deposit ratio of 68%. Borrowings position for the period were RWF 61 Billion.
  • The liquidity coverage ratio was 504% as of the end of December 2021.
  • The Bank’s capital position remained strong with common equity tier 1 & tier 1 of 18.08% and 20.75% respectively.

Commitment to creating value

Commenting on the Bank’s commitment to creating long-term value for all stakeholders, the Board Chairman – Mr. Bonaventure Niyibizi — said “Underpinning our performance is our relentless focus and progress on improving the customer experience, shareholder engagement, and serving our community. The Bank reiterated its commitments to supporting the community we operate in, especially in 2021, with a special focus on health, education, capacity building, rehabilitation, and environmental sustainability”.

Sustainable and inclusive growth

Speaking on the Bank’s commitment to continuously support innovation through offering digital solutions to customers, Mr. Bairstow (CEO) said, “We have delivered on our iMara 2.0 strategic objectives in 2021, with disciplined execution and have delivered strong outcomes despite covid-19 and macro-economic headwinds. Our strategy hinges on 3 main pillars: Driving business growth, building a resilient organisation, and optimising our operating model.

In the reported period, our customer base grew by 30% year-on-year, with our MSME segment finding its full momentum in 2021 – its growth in customer base was 80%. Further to this, our efforts to support the growth of this sector were recognized in the IFC Global Finance Award where the Bank received the Product Innovation of the Year Gold Award.