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Banks record 874 Billion Shillings profits during lockdown

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A Bank of Uganda report has revealed that commercial banks recorded profits to a tune of 874 Billion Shillings between March and September 2020.

This is despite the Covid-19 pandemic that led to the closure of many businesses after the country went into lockdown.

According to the Central Bank quarterly financial stability review report, the banking sector remained adequately capitalized to absorb emerging shocks and the capital increase was largely boosted by an improvement in aggregate profitability.

“On an annual basis, aggregate banking sector profitability increased for the 12 months end September 2020. The net-after-tax profit for commercial banks and microfinance deposit-taking institutions -MDIs rose by 6.9 percent to 874.3 Billion Shillings and 1.5 percent to 13.8 Billion Shillings respectively, while credit institutions registered an aggregate loss of Shillings 5.5 billion for the year end September 2020,” reads part of the report.

The Central Bank explains that profitability was boosted by a decrease in provisions for bad debts but warns of potential deterioration in asset quality that could lead to an increase in specific provisions and erodes the banking sector’s profits while reducing capital buffers.

It also says that increased concentration and segmentation of the banking sector remains a concern with potential implications for the competitiveness and efficiency of the sector going forward.

BoU says that as at end of September 2020, five largest banks accounted for 62.1 percent of total industry assets and earned 75.2 percent of the industry profits for the year ended.

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