First Bank of Nigeria Limited (First Bank) is Nigeria’s largest financial services institution by total assets and gross earnings. With more than 10 million customer accounts, First Bank has over 750 branches providing a comprehensive range of retail and corporate financial services. The Bank has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank DRC, FBNBank Ghana, FBNBank Gambia, FBNBank Guinea, FBNBank Sierra-Leone and FBNBank Senegal, as well as its Representative Offices in Johannesburg, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
With total assets of N3.3 trillion, customer deposits of N2.6 trillion and a strong capital adequacy ratio of 18.9%, well above the CBN mandated minimum of 10%, First Bank is the largest bank in Nigeria, and amongst the largest corporate and retail financial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). There is no doubt that the bank has consolidated its position in Nigeria and sits in a very strong position from which to grow, both domestically and outside Nigeria. Not only is First Bank the largest Nigerian bank by assets, but it has also consolidated its reputation for world class corporate governance and a conservative approach to risk management, built on a platform of 120 years heritage of national development.
First Bank engages in the business of commercial banking and has a number of subsidiaries that focus on international commercial banking, registrars, trusteeship, capital markets, pension fund custodians, mortgage financing, insurance brokerage, management of SMIEIS fund investments, small-scale banking and bureau de change activities.
Since its establishment in 1894, First Bank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, risk management and leadership. Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investment in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, First Bank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.
The Bank has been named “The Best Bank Brand in Nigeria” four times in a row – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 – by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group; and “Most Innovative Bank in Africa” in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards 2014.
First Bank’s brand purpose is to always put its customers, partners and all stakeholders at the heart of its business, even as it is poised to standardise customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across Sub Saharan Africa, in consonance with its brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. The brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on First Bank’s inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position customers first in every respect.