Diamond Bank Plc has said the institution recorded three million digital customers as well as a significant increase in its mobile platform transaction fees in its first half of the year.

The bank made this known in its second quarter unaudited financial report for the period ended June 30, 2018 to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), yesterday, emphasising its strong focus on the Nigerian market, especially the retail business segment through its digital penetration strategy.

According to the report, non-interest income of the bank went up 6.4 percent to N18.8 billion on higher fees from retail transactions on mobile platform while customers loan volume decreased by 3.6 per cent to N728.7 billion as maturities exceeded new loans during the period but investments in fixed income securities increased eight per cent to N241.7 billion over the same period.

“Although the bank’s net interest income reduced year-on-year by 14.4 percent to N46.2 billion due to lower interest income from loans and investments, and higher interest expense on deposits; impairment charges declined 2.9 per cent to N18.39 billion. The Bank’s profit after tax for the first half of the year stood at N2.2 billion,” the bank said in a statement.

Speaking on the result, chief executive officer, Mr. Uzoma Dozie said, “at a macro level the Nigerian economy continued to record improvements because of stable, higher than anticipated oil prices. We have witnessed 15 months of expansion reflected in monthly PMI data, but investor sentiment has remained mixed caused in part by the election season factor. We have capitalised on the positive macro environment to sustain interest income in the short run with positive prospects for growth and have made progress in growing non-interest income.

“Importantly, we have continued to build awareness of Diamond Bank in the wider financial ecosystem to develop new frontiers in retail banking. Amongst this activity were the Beauty Souk and TechFest events, targeted at entrepreneurs and emerging businesses in the fashion and technology sectors respectively. Our partnership with Lagos Business School’s Enterprise Development Center to support young entrepreneurs continued with the seventh season of the Building Entrepreneurs Today programme.”