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Arab Bank Group closed 2020 reporting net income after tax of $195.3 million as compared to $846.5 million in 2019, recording a drop of 77%.  Group equity grew to reach $9.4 billion.

The Board of Directors has recommended to the shareholders the distribution of 12% cash dividends for the financial year 2020.

The year 2020 was challenging for the global and regional banking sectors due to economic contraction, higher cost of risk, and lower interest rates in addition to the plunge in oil prices since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The Bank entered the crisis from a position of strength, with stable credit quality coupled with sound liquidity and capital ratios. The drop in profits is attributable to the build up of higher provisions, driven by the deterioration of the macro-economic environment regionally and globally, and to lower revenues from interest and fee income due to the Covid-19 pandemic and to lower market interest rates and weakening oil prices.

Group net operating income is at $ 1,007 million, 25% lower than the prior period as a result of a decrease in net interest and commission income, and the drop in the contribution of the bank’s associates in the Gulf.  Customer deposits grew by 7% to reach $ 38.7 billion as compared to $ 36.2 billion, while loans grew by 1% to reach $26.5 billion as compared $ 26.1 billion. The Group maintained its strong and robust capital base with equity of $9.4 billion and a capital adequacy ratio of 16.8% calculated in accordance with Basel III regulations. The Group enjoys high liquidity with a loan-to-deposit ratio of 68.4%, while credit provisions held against non-performing loans continue to exceed 100%.

Mr. Sabih Masri, Chairman of the Board of Directors remarked that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a material impact on businesses around the world and the economic environments in which they operate. In an effort on safeguard their economies, governments and regulatory authorities launched various programs to mitigate the impact of the crisis. He added that the bank dealt with these challenges while maintaining its strong liquidity and capital positions.

Mr. Nemeh Sabbagh, Chief Executive Officer, stated that the Group took several strategic initiatives to help mitigate these unprecedented economic and market conditions, safeguarding its healthy liquidity and capital ratios, maintaining resilient asset quality metrics, and scaling up digital banking initiatives and channels across the Group.

Mr. Sabbagh also highlighted that the increased provisions taken across the Group are in accordance with the guidelines of International Financial Reporting Standard # 9, and as per the bank’s internal expected credit loss model, and include general provisions built due to the current economic situation in Lebanon.

Arab Bank was careful to support both its corporate and consumer customers who were impacted by the pandemic. Arab bank was also actively involved in community programs inline with initiatives by governments and regulators to alleviate the burden on customers by restructuring, deferring or reducing instalments and by lowering interest rates for the most exposed sectors, especially small and medium-sized companies.

Arab Bank Group has also donated $25 million as part of its social responsibility in support of national efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis and to mitigate its health, economic and social repercussions on citizens.

Mr. Masri concluded by stating that while the negative impact of the pandemic is unprecedented, its effect on the Group is well cushioned by the bank’s resilience, the strength of its franchise, and the success of its diversified business model.

The 2020 financial statements are subject to the approval of the Central Bank of Jordan.

Jan 26, 2021
Arab Bank Group reports net profits of $195.3 million for 2020 12% cash dividends

Arab Bank launched a special financing offer in collaboration with Honda Jordan, as part of its constant efforts to provide its customers with value-added banking services and promotions to meet their diverse needs.

The offer, which will run until 28 February 2021, allows customers who want to purchase any vehicle from Honda to benefit from many exclusive privileges, including preferential interest rates, free insurance for the first year, as well as the ability to trade in the customer’s existing car - regardless of the type and model - as a down payment or as part of the full price, through a simple and easy process.

Commenting on the offer, Mr. Yacoub Matouk, Head of Consumer Banking at Arab Bank – Jordan, said: “We continue to introduce a variety of special campaigns and comprehensive financing solutions to our customers offering them competitive rates, preferential benefits and a seamless process.” He added: “This promotion is the latest in our series of ongoing automotive financing offers. It enables our customers to purchase the car of their choice from a wide range of models available through Honda showroom.”

For his part, Mr. Muhannad Tahboub, General Manager at Tahboub Automotive – Honda Jordan: “At Honda Jordan, we are proud to offer high quality Japanese cars equipped with the latest technologies for top performance, in addition to efficient financing solutions in collaboration with Arab Bank, whom we are proud to collaborate with on this promotional campaign for Honda cars.”

It is worth mentioning that Arab Bank’s auto loans offer a wide range of benefits, including competitive interest rates, loan amounts up to JOD 100,000 with a tenor up to 8 years, options to finance more than one car, including new and used cars according to the bank’s special terms and conditions, in addition to a dedicated sales team. Arab Bank also offers the ability to apply for a loan online easily through the bank’s digital banking services which include Arab Bank’s website, the bank’s mobile application “Arabi Mobile” and its internet banking service “Arabi Online”.

Jan 10, 2021
Arab Bank Launches Special Offer in Collaboration with Honda Jordan