Tagged: First Community Bank

Islamic banks break even and post growth in profit

Islamic banks break even and post growth in profit

The two Islamic banks in Kenya posted growth in their profits last year as the faith-based banking concept becomes entrenched in the country’s financial sector. Gulf African Bank and First Community Bank were able to break even in a fairly short time — Gulf African in two years and First Community in three years. Last year, Gulf African registered 154 per cent after-tax profit growth to Sh242 million. First Community Bank, on its part, recorded 239 per cent growth in profit-after-tax to Sh241.3 million last year. According to the Central Bank, by December 31, 2010, the two Islamic finance banks collectively commanded 0.9 per cent of the banking sector net loans and advances of $115 million (Sh9.7 billion) and deposits of $171 million (14.5 billion).

DB expands Kenya product range

DB expands Kenya product range

Dubai Bank Kenya has launched two Shari’ah compliant accounts, one aimed at low income earners, the other at higher income earners as it looks to satisfy the insatiable request for Islamic banking products in Kenya.
Dubai Bank is among around half a …

East Africa catching up with Islamic finance

East Africa catching up with Islamic finance

The perceived sustainability and attractiveness of Islamic finance as an alternative financial management model in a post global financial crisis continues to flourish in new regions and countries trying to change banking regulations and laws to facili…