KCB Group Plc reported a 22.2% y/y decrease in EPS to KES6.11. The turn in profitability was mainly due to a slight doubling in Loan Loss Provision (LLP) to KES27.5Bn. Net Interest Income (NII) recorded a solid growth of 21.0% y/y to KES67.9Bn. The balance sheet grew 9.9% y/y to KES987.8Bn, propelled by growth in both deposits (driven by precautionary instincts due to COVID-19 shock) and loan book. During the period, the company rallied from KES38.75 at the beginning of the month and closed at KES41.3 accounting for a significant investor participation in the sector.
Equity Group reported an 11.6% y/y decrease in EPS to KES5.24. The drop in profitability was as a result of a quadrupling in LLP to KES26.6Bn. Its balance sheet grew by half its previous level to KES1,015.1Bn. Equity group benefited from its digital transformation that accounted for 63% of the total transactions being generated outside the branch network. Its 66.5% acquisition of Banque Commerciale Du Congo that widened the bank’s penetration in the regional market increased its customer deposits by 53% to KES740.8Bn, boosting investor confidence in the growth of the bank across the region.