Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) has announced its 2016 financial results and achieved a net profit of AED 462.9 million in 2016 compared to AED 409.9 million last year; a 13% increase. SIB Board of Directors will propose a 10% bonus shares dividend, one share for each existing 10 shares, during the next AGM meeting.
Total assets reached AED 33.5 billion at the end of 2016 compared to AED 29.9 billion at the end of 2015, representing an increase of 12%.
On the asset side of the balance sheet, customer financing reached AED 17.1 billion at the end of 2016 compared to AED 16.3 billion at the end of 2015, an increase of 4.5%. Investment in securities, which mainly represent investment in sovereign and investment grade rated tradable Sukuk, increased significantly by 73.7% to reach AED 4.1 billion compared to AED 2.4 billion at the end of 2015.
Moreover, SIB continues its strategy to maintain liquid assets ratio above 22% of total assets and has reached AED 7.8 billion or 23.4% at the end 2016. Displaying a strong liquidity position, during May 2016 SIB repaid a Sukuk amounting to USD 400 million through its own sources, before issuing the latest Sukuk last September.
On the liability side, despite the tight liquidity during the year, SIB successfully attracted more customer deposits during the year to reach AED 18.3 billion growing by AED 1.4 billion or 8.1% compared to AED 17.0 billion at the end of 2015.
As part of the SIB’s ongoing strategy to continue to diversify the funding sources, the bank has successfully issued a new five years Sukuk of USD 500 million during September 2016, as part of USD 3 billion medium terms Sukuk approved programme. SIB currently has three outstanding Sukuk totaling USD 1.5 billion.
This transaction is testament to investors’ confidence in SIB’s long term operating model and business strategy, and represents another key milestone in the bank growth strategy.
Lending to stable deposits ratio (LSRR) reached 69.3%, which is well below the Central Bank requirement.
SIB is strongly capitalized with a strong capital adequacy of 21.35% as at 31 December 2016. Shareholders’ equity reached AED 4.9 billion or 14.5% of total assets.
Non-performing receivables/NPL’s ratio has improved and declined from 6.3% to 5.9%. Despite this improvement SIB has strengthened its financial position by increasing the provisions coverage ratio to reach 100.1% of the NPL’s in 2016 as compared to 86.1% in 2015.
On the income statement side, despite the impact of SIB’s improved coverage ratio, SIB has made an additional provision of AED 254.8 million and reported a net profit of AED 462.9 million in 2016 compared to AED 409.9 million in 2015.
As a result of these achievements, Return on Average Shareholders’ Equity (ROAE) reached 9.68% by the end of 2016 compared to 8.82% in 2015, while Return on Average Assets (ROAA) stood at 1.46% by the end of 2016 compared to 1.47% in 2015.
Earnings per share stand at AED 0.19 for the year 2016, as compared to AED 0.17 for the year 2015, an improvement of 11.8%.