DFCU Bank 2018 profits take a 51.6% nosedive as share price dwindles

After a bumper harvest in 2017 following the take-over of Crane Bank, DFCU Bank saw a 51.6% drop in its 2018 profits after tax, which fell to Shs61.7bn from Shs127bn, registered the previous year.

In annual financial statements published this Thursday, the drop in income means that shareholders will receive less than half the dividends received in the last financial year.

“The Board is recommending a cash dividend of Shs33.01 per share less withholding tax where applicable (in 2017 shareholders received a dividend of Shs68.24 per share),” a DFCU Group financial statement accompanying the bank’s statement and signed by DFCU Chairman Elly Karuhanga read.

The drop in shareholders’ dividends is because only Shs24.7bn was set aside to be shared amongst them compared to 2017’s Shs51bn.

To make matters worse for DFCU’s shareholders, the value of their shares has witnessed a 28.8% drop from Shs970 on July 17, 2018 to Shs670 a price at which they were trading on the stock exchange on March 27, 2019.

The drop is partly attributed to negative press generated by DFCU following the Crane Bank take-over on top of top investors pulling out and senior staff exodus.

DFCU Bank had in 2017 experienced exponential growth from Shs46.2bn in 2016 to Shs127bn after taking over Crane Bank, but 2018 was a downward spiral.

Customer deposits declined by 0.4% from Shs1.987 trillion to Shs1.979 trillion in 2018.

2018 also saw assets declining by 4.6% from Shs3 trillion to Shs2.88 trillion.

The resultant effect was 21% decline in income from Shs519.8 billion to Shs410.6 billion, which affected the bottom-line.

Financial analysts say that figures have proved that the 2017 take-over of Crane Bank was a windfall for DFCU and they predict that performance will soon fall to pre-acquisition levels.