2011 Kenya Bank Rankings Final Word

Local banks rules, but KCB holds off Equity

The top local Kenyan banks as at December 2011, ranked by assets are:

6 (6 last year) CFC Stanbic Bank: Steady assets of Kshs 140 billion ($1.7 billion) and profit of Kshs 3.1 billion ($38 million)

5 (4) Standard Chartered: Assets up 15% to Kshs 164 billion , and profits went up 8% to Kshs 8.25 billion. Deposits grew 22%, and loans went up 48% as they halved their government securities to Kshs24 billion. (Barclays & KCB also reduced their government securities positions compared to December 2010)

4 (2) Barclays: Drop from 4 to 2, but still have the best return on assets at 7.18% on a slightly smaller asset base of Kshs 167 billion. Profits went up 11% to Kshs 12.01 billion, and loans went up 14%, but there was no change in deposits.

3 (3) Cooperative: Was leap-frogged by Equity Bank, but gained a place thanks to shrinking Barclays. Steady but slow growth as assets grew by 9% to Kshs 167 billion, deposits grew by 15% and profits by 11% to Kshs. 6.16 billion as the bank still seeks to move beyond the cooperative sector.

2 (5) Equity Bank: Leap from No. 5 to 2 after reporting assets of Kshs. 177 billion and profits of Kshs. 12.1 billion, signifying growth of about 32%. for each. The years of annual 100% growth are over but as John Staley the Director of Mobile Banking and Payment Innovations, told attendees at HP leadership event dubbed Staying Ahead of the Pack, the bank has grown ten-fold every five years leveraging on technology and always with the mission to provide affordable financial services which they now plan to take beyond Uganda and Sudan.

No.1 (last year No. 1) KCB assets of 282 billion ($3.45 billion) and profit of Kshs. 14 billion ($172 million) KCB remains at number and matched Equity, growing deposits by 29%, loans 31%, and profits by 22%.