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KARACHI: UBL continued its strong momentum in 2021 as the bank earned Profit Before Tax (PBT) of Rs. 39.3 billion for the period ended September 30, 2021, a strong growth of 49% year on year, with earnings per share (EPS) of Rs. 18.6 (9M’20: Rs. 13.1). The bank declared a dividend of Rs. 4.0 per share for Q3’21, which is in addition to the Rs. 8.0 per share declared earlier, taking the overall payout to Rs. 12.0 per share year to date.

UBL is a firm believer that focusing on building human capital, investment in IT systems while creating operational efficiencies is key to sustainable earnings. But equally important is employee recognition, we believe the success this year has been the result of a highly passionate work force. Our teams have served with a clear sense of purpose with all efforts directed towards greater organizational aspirations.

UBL remains one of the key financial institutions in the country serving over 10 million customers, with a network of 1,344 branches within Pakistan, 1,436 ATMs, over 35,000 Omni agents, well supported by the bank’s award winning digital banking services. The Branch Banking Group delivered a record performance in 2021, with strong growth in average domestic deposits of over 21% as the bank continues to expand its customer base across key geographies. Domestic deposits averaged Rs. 1.5 trillion in 9M’21, with the domestic CASA to total deposits ratio at 85.5% for 9M’21. This aggressive deposit mobilization enabled the UBL to expand its average market share to 8.4% in 9M’21 (9M’20: 8.1%).

UBL is also actively participating in all major economic programs launched by the Government of Pakistan and the State Bank of Pakistan. Building on its market leading position in the home remittances space, the bank is at the forefront of the Roshan Digital Account initiative. UBL is proud to be one of the top banks participating in RDA with over 48,000 accounts opened to date, with inflows of USD 257 million.

UBL sees Islamic banking as an emergent and growing opportunity and is aggressively focusing on expanding within this key space The Islamic branch network consists of 114 branches as well as 201 Islamic Banking Windows. Islamic banking deposits grew to Rs. 127 billion at Sep’21, an increase of 14% since Dec’20. Islamic asset acquisition remains a key priority for UBL. The loan book for this segment averaged Rs. 34 billion in 9M’21, growing by over 71% year on year.

The country is strongly re-emerging from the pandemic, with economic activity rebounding to pre-COVID levels. This enabled the bank to record a year on year growth of 31% in domestic fees and commission revenues, with strong contribution from all major segments.  A strong momentum was witnessed in the bancassurance space with commission income up 56%.  There was also a sharp improvement in fee income from consumer finance, with an increase of 29%. Fee income from debit and credit cards was recorded at Rs. 1.8 billion for 9M’21, growing by a strong 71%.  Corporate Banking earned investment banking fees of Rs. 456 million in 9M’21 as against Rs. 139 million in 9M’20, driven by mandates for debt arrangement as well as other advisory services. Commission income from cash management was recorded at Rs. 711 million for 9M’21, growing by 20% year on year as throughput volumes witnessed a significant increase with integration to the bank’s digital corporate portal, reaching a much wider client base. The bank remains the preferred partner to the overseas Pakistani diaspora who continue to put their trust in UBL, as we maintained our leading market share of over 20% in home remittances space.  Non-markup income was further augmented by the timely realization of market gains on the bank’s fixed income sovereign bonds holdings, resulting in capital gains of Rs. 3.3 billion in 9M’21.

Commenting on the results, Shazad G. Dada, President & CEO of UBL said, “I am very proud of our deposit growth, which has been the highest in the last 5 years, at over 21% and our aspiration is to continue to take this take this to new highs in years to come. Our focused attention towards NFI has borne fruit and our International operations are making a healthy contribution to our overall profitability. Credit quality remains strong with sound risk management as we gain ground with larger trade volumes.  We will continue to live up to our position as Pakistan’s leading Digital Bank and deliver the highest standards of service to our rapidly growing customer base.  We are making investments in our branch network, technology infrastructure and on our people, as we aim to become the best service bank in the industry. As a team, we are excited about our future prospects, with a number of key strategic initiatives underway.”

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