By Tekedia Editors March 17, 2012 Leave a Comment

First City Monument Bank (FCMB) warned on Thursday it expected to report a net loss of up to 9 billion naira ($57 million) for last year, knocking its share price.


“We will be posting a loss for the full year 2011, arising mainly from some investment and underwriting of several share issues dating back to 2009 and some non-performing loans sold to AMCON (Assets Management Company of Nigeria),” chief executive Ladi Balogun told reporters.


FCMB, which recently completed a buy-out of rescued lender Finbank, said the losses were due to a 29 billion naira write-off for bad loans sold to state-owned “bad bank” AMCON and the underwriting of preference shares issued by Finbank. AMCON was set up in response to the global banking crisis to absorb non-performing loans from the sector.



Rival lender Zenith Bank, the first to announce 2011 results, reported a higher-than-expected risk charge for bad loans for its fourth quarter on Friday, though it posted a pre-tax profit increase of 21 percent. Zenith’s risk charge raised fears among investors there could be more bank write-downs in the offing.




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