Zenith Bank is Mandatorily Required to give More Loans to People. – PensionNigeria

Zenith Bank is Mandatorily Required to give More Loans to People.

Zenith Bank Plc, Nigeria’s second-biggest lender by market value, has to immediately increase the loans it gives to people because its loan-to-deposit ratio fell short of the regulator’s minimum target.

Zenith bank’s loan book dropped 3% to N1.95 trillion ($5.4 billion) for the 6 months ending June, while customer deposits increased by the same percentage to 3.8 trillion naira. This pushed its loan-to-deposit ratio to 51.2% from 54.6% a year ago. 

Central Bank of Nigeria last month asked lenders to use at least 60% of their deposits for loans by the end of September or face a penalty as it aims to fuel credit to grow the economy.

Zenith Bank in a statement said,

“We are creatively deploying new retail loan products to ensure we capture a reasonable share of the retail loan market,” 

An increase in lending will also enable Zenith Bank to improve its non-performing loan ratio, which deteriorated to 5.3% from 5%, owing to the drop in credit in the first half.

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