Abu Dhabi: Shareholders of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) have elected a new board of directors at the Annual General Meeting that took place on Thursday, March 17, 2022. They also approved the distribution of cash dividends of 31.1155 fils per share, which represents 48.5% of the bank’s net profit for the fiscal year ending 31st December 2021. 

During the meeting, ADIB general assembly also approved the board of directors’ report, the auditors' report, and the financial statements for the year 2021. Serving a three-year term, the newly elected 2022 Board of Directors comprises:

•    H.E. Jawaan Awaidha Al Khaili 
•    Khalifa Matar Al-Mheiri
•    Najib Youssef Fayyad
•    Abdulla Ali Musleh  Al Ahbabi
•    Faisal Sultan  Al-Shuaibi
•    Abdul Wahab Al-Halabi
•    Maha Al Qattan 

H.E. Jawaan Awaidha Suhail Al Khaili, ADIB’s Chairman, commented: “We are pleased to announce the election of a new Board of Directors with a number of prominent leaders in business, strategy, and the financial and banking services sector. We are confident in their ability to support ADIB to further consolidate its position as a leading bank in the Islamic banking sector. I also extend my thanks and gratitude to the previous board of directors that served from 2019 till 2021 for their precious efforts in supporting the bank's progress over the past years.

“ADIB responded to the uptick in commercial activity well, delivering a strong financial performance. The prudent provisions we had taken in 2020 were able to be revised downwards by some 27%. We ended 2021 with a regulatory capital position which is strong and resilient, with a Capital Adequacy Ratio of 18.6%, comfortably exceeding Central Bank guidance.”

He added that ADIB was able to grow its balance sheet by 7% to AED 137 billion and increase its deposits by 8%. This foundation delivered a return on equity of 14.3%, an increase of 463 basis points compared to 2020, which is an outstanding performance that was mainly based on growth in revenues and reduction in costs.

Nasser Al Awadhi, ADIB’s Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “A glance at the financials shows that 2021 was a positive year in terms of net profits, revenues, capital and returns. This was achieved through a combination of revenue growth and an effective cost control strategy, coupled with an improving macro environment. Despite a low-rate environment, our net profit margin ‘NPM’ remained market-leading at 3.25% for the period, aided by the low cost of funding that the bank enjoys by virtue of its higher Current and Savings account (CASA) balances. 

“The outstanding performance not only reflects solid momentum across our core businesses and an improved macroeconomic backdrop but also was the outcome of our strategic review that was conducted to unlock value, drive growth, and prepare the Bank for the future. ADIB was able to make tangible progress in 2021 against our strategic initiatives to drive business growth where we continued to accelerate investments in products, services, and technology.” 

ADIB had reported a 45% YoY growth in its net profit to AED 2.3 billion for the fiscal year 2021. These results were driven by strong revenue growth, continued improvement of cost base and reduction in provisions. The bank’s revenues in 2021 recorded a growth of 4% to AED 5.5 billion driven by an increase in income from non-financing activities by 9%. The successful implementation of cost control processes and continuous investment in digital initiatives contributed to a decrease in operating expenses by 8% year-on-year, which led to an improvement in the cost-to-income ratio by 5.1 percentage points to 40.7%.

About ADIB

ADIB is a leading Islamic bank with more than AED 133 billion in assets that was established in 1997 with its shares traded on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). Over 1 million customers benefit from its large distribution network of 70 branches and more than 500 ATMs. The bank also offers world-class online, mobile and phone banking services, providing clients with seamless digital access to their accounts 24 hours a day. ADIB provides retail, corporate, business, private banking and wealth management solutions. ADIB remains one of the leading banks in the recruitment, development and promotion of local talent. The bank has one of the highest Emiratisation ratios with more than 40 percent of the bank’s workforce being UAE Nationals. ADIB has presence in six strategic markets: Egypt, where it has 70 branches, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Sudan, Iraq and Qatar. 

Named “Best Islamic Bank globally” by The Financial Times’ The Banker publication and Best Bank in the UAE by Forbes, ADIB has a rich track record of innovation, including introducing the world’s first digital Islamic bank for youth and being the first bank in the UAE to enable account opening through facial recognition.