BY PROVIDENCE OBUH
Umuchinemere Pro-credit Micro Finance Bank (UP-MFB) Enugu has declared 11 kobo dividend per share for its 2012 financial year.
The dividend was approved by shareholders at the bank’s 17th Annual General Meeting held in Enugu.
The Catholic diocese of Enugu, which founded the bank in 1995 as a Community Bank before its transformation in December 2007, following the introduction of microfinance banking in Nigeria in 2005, is the majority shareholder of the bank.
In a statement issued at the end of thye meeting, Head of Public/Media Relations, Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, said that UPMFB made a profit after tax of N116.89 million in 2012, as against that of the previous year that was a total of N34.55million, which shows a rise of N82.34million or about 238 per cent.
Recording a remarkable growth from its previous year’s total performance, Umuchinemere PMFB, according to its external Auditor, Chief Raphael Anyama, scored a big difference of 223 percent growth in its earnings, from 13kobo per share in 2011 to 42kobo per share in the 2012 financial year under review, as well as 267 percent increase in its payable dividend per share, from 3kobo in 2011 financial year ended to 11kobo in the 2012 financial year ended December 31, 2012.
Commending the bank for a creditable performance in the 2012 financial year, Chief Anyama explained that 31kobo of the 42kobo earnings per share was unspent and that it represents the statutory revenue reserve for UPMFB’s future growth, observing that the Board and Management of the bank through good corporate governance were able to manage its resources carefully.
With its shareholders’ fund and paid-up capital hitting a N677.48million and N282.28million mark respectively, Umuchinemere Pro-credit Micro Finance Bank has a projection of strengthening its collaboration with its sister organisation, Godfrey Okoye University, to assist parents pay their children’s school fees through a revolving loan scheme, as well as support Mission schools and hospitals in the diocese.
Monsignor Ike, a prelate of the Holy Catholic church, told the meeting that having seen the banking sector as a service for common good, which is germane to the Catholic social teaching that economic activity is an apostolate in the service of the common good and is best done by encouraging self reliance through self help as the best help, the Catholic church is using Umuchinemere Pro-credit Micro Finance Bank, as a bank meant for the poor, to eradicate poverty and achieve development, which is part of its social teaching and economic evangelisation, by meeting the funding needs of the poor in the society.
He quoted a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) report of August 2, 2013, covering the period May 2012/March 2013, as having rated UPMFB’s capital adequacy ratio of 103.59%, above the CBN regulatory minimum bench mark of 20%, as strong with bright future outlook.
The Catholic bishop of Enugu, Most Rev. Dr. Callistus Onaga, who spoke through Monsignor Tobias Anichebe who represented him at the AGM, thanked the bank for meeting the expectations of the diocese, which he said informed its establishment, promising that while it continues to do well it will always have the support of the diocese.