The banking sector recorded ¢4.4 billion in profit before tax in first-half of 2022, data from the Bank of Ghana has revealed.
This represented 21.6 per cent growth, compared with 32.1 per cent in the previous year.
According to the Bank of Ghana, growth in net interest income was slower than the previous. However, net fees and commissions shot up significantly, over the previous year.
Net interest income grew at 12.4 per cent, compared with 19.4 per cent a year ago. Net fees and commissions, however, grew by 29.2 per cent, compared to 19.6 per cent in the previous year, reflecting a rebound in trade finance-related business.
These developments, the Central Bank, said culminated in a 23.0 per cent growth in operating income, compared with a growth of 15.7 per cent in the corresponding year.
Operating expenses also recorded a higher growth of 22.9 per cent, compared to 7.3 per cent in the previous year, moderating the growth in profit before tax during the first half of 2022.
Balance sheet remains robust
Again, an assessment of the banking sector's performance for the first half of 2022 showed robust growth in assets and deposits.
Total assets grew by 22.8 to ¢200.0 billion at end-June 2022, compared to the growth of 17.2 per cent in the previous year.
Total deposits grew at a slower pace by 19.1 per cent to ¢131.3 billion, relative to 22.5 per cent growth a year earlier.
Key financial soundness indicators positive
Meanwhile, key Financial Soundness Indicators of the banking industry remained positive.
The Capital Adequacy Ratio was 19.4 per cent in June 2022, well above the regulatory minimum of 13.0 per cent.
Core liquid assets to short-term liabilities improved to 30.2 per cent, compared with 27.5 per cent in the previous year.
The non-performing loans ratio also improved to 14.1 per cent at the end of June 2022, compared with 17.0 per cent in June 2021, reflecting some moderation in the growth of the stock of non-performing loans, as well as the rebound in credit growth.