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Key Highlights From Access Bank H1 2017 Conference Call & Earnings Presentation

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Key Highlights From Access Bank H1 2017 Conference Call & Earnings Presentation

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Yesterday, Access Bank held its H1 2017 Conference Call & Earnings Presentation and Business Post brings to its readers some key highlights from the call.

The lender, which boats of 4.6 million cards, 1734 ATMs, 385 branches and 9628 POS terminals, said in the presentation that its strong earnings for the period, N246 billion against N174 billion last year, was on the back of interest and non-interest income growth during the period reflecting improved returns.

Access Bank said it hopes to conclude the development of and commence implementation of its new 5 year (2018-2022) Rolling Plan

It further said it also hopes to intensify low cost deposits drive to reduce funding costs, and deepen retail market penetration to diversify income streams, particularly transaction banking income growth, and as well cautiously grow loan portfolio in light of macro realities, whilst upholding proactive risk management principles in order to maintain asset quality within acceptable limits.

Here are the key highlights below:

Gross earnings up 42% y/y to ₦246.6bn in H1’17 (Q1’16: ₦80.3bn) driven by a 44% and 37% increase in interest income and noninterest income of ₦161.9bn and ₦84.4bn, respectively during the period

  • Interest income drivers:

− 35% y/y growth in interest from Loans and Advances as a result of asset re-pricing on the back of high interest rate environment

− 82% y/y increase in interest from investment securities, to ₦37.5bn (H1’16: ₦20.7bn) on the back of growth in investment securities

  • Non-Interest Income drivers:

− Strong y/y growth in net trading income of ₦55.4bn (+152% y/y) driven by increase in the Bank’s foreign exchange income resulting from trading activities

Operating expenses up 38% to ₦105.0bn from ₦76.0bn in

H1’16 driven by a combination of:

− Increased regulatory costs

− The impact of devaluation and inflation on costs

− Continuous investments in our channels, distribution network, service quality and brand enhancement

  • Consequently, cost-to-income ratio increased to 62.7% in H1’17 from 58.4% in the corresponding period of 2016
  • We expect cost to income to normalize at 55% by year end 2017

Net impairment charges on credit losses were relatively flat y/y at ₦10.4bn in H1’17 (H1’16: ₦10.2bn). Collective impairments were up 56% y/y to ₦6.0bn arising from specific assets that were watch listed

  • Cost of risk improved 10bps y/y to 1.0% from 1.1% in H1’16
  • Net loans and advances stood at ₦1.79trn as at Jun’17 compared with ₦1.86trn in Dec’16 largely due to cautious asset growth given macro uncertainties
  • Foreign currency denominated loans declined to $1.76bn by Jun’17 down 12% from $2.19in Dec’16 reflecting the Bank’s deliberate strategy to de-risk the loan portfolio
  • FCY loans to total loans closed at 40% in Jun’17, down 200bps from 42% in Dec’16
  • Loan-to-deposit ratio (inclusive of interest-bearing borrowings) stood at 74.3% as at Jun’17 (Dec’16: 74.0%)

Customer deposits stood at ₦1.90trn in Jun’17 (Dec’16: ₦2.09trn) on the back of the improved FX liquidity as deposits accumulated for FX purchase in 2016 were utilized

  • Consequently, FCY contribution to total deposits declined 40bps to 30% in Jun’17 (Dec’16: 34%)
  • Subsidiaries’ contribute 25% to total Group deposits, largely made up of low-cost savings Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) increased to 21.6%, up 60bps from 21% in Dec’16, reflecting the Group’s robust capacity for growth
  • Risk-weighted assets remained relatively flat at ₦2.36trn on the back of slowed loan growth during the period
  • Liquidity Ratio improved 180bps y/y to 45.4% in Jun’17 (Dec’16: 43.6%), reflecting the Bank’s improved ability to meet short-term obligations Increased e-channels adoption by customers (Internet/Mobile Banking, PayWithCapture, ATM & POS, etc)
  • Improved efficiency, stability, ease of use and patronage on the PaywithCapture platform
  • Seasonal and continuous customer rewards program to induce spending habit of customers
  • Effective and enhanced call center engagements
  • Account dormancy declined to 6% demonstrating renewed customer interest on the back of intensified engagement efforts and the migration of customer of alternative channels

Subsidiaries contribution to the group’s performance improved significantly in H1’17, recording total subsidiary profit before tax of ₦6.7bn up 56% y/y (H1’16: ₦4.3bn)

  • Total assets from subsidiaries grew 18% to ₦711bn y/y largely driven by business operations in UK and Ghana, but reduced 5% q/q (Q1’17: ₦749bn)

• Zambia recorded a loss of ₦0.9bn driven by lower earnings and higher expenses as a result of for the period.

 

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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Nigerian Banks Take Steps to Quicken Flow of Naira Notes, Deny Hoarding

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By Dipo Olowookere

Commercial banks in Nigeria have denied the allegation that they were hoarding the new Naira notes and putting the citizens through untold hardship.

Since the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced an extension to swapping the old currency notes for the new ones on Sunday, January 29, 2023, for an additional 10 days, many Nigerians have been unable to access their funds in the bank.

On October 26, 2022, the CBN said it was redesigning the N200, N500, and N1,000 banknotes and gave Nigerians till January 31, 2023, to return the old notes.

Last week, there were reports of commercial banks in the country refusing to dispense the new currency notes to customers despite a central bank directive.

On Monday, February 6, 2023, the Association of Corporate Affairs Managers of Banks (ACAMB), in a statement signed by its president, Mr Rasheed Bolarinwa, absolved Nigerian banks from the crisis caused by the currency swap.

“Nigerian banks have invested an estimated total sum in excess of N100 billion in setting up and maintaining cutting-edge electronic channels over the past few years as part of the ongoing commitment to seamless customer experience and real-time digital financial transactions.

“From internet banking to mobile apps, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), Point of Sales (PoS) merchants, mobile wallets, Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) codes, agents and digital franchises among others; not less than 80 per cent of Nigerians now enjoy one form of digital or cashless transaction or another, powered by investments by Nigerian banks,” a part of the statement said.

ACAMB, which reaffirmed its full support for the cashless policy of the CBN, said, “Nigerian banks are currently working with the CBN to ensure that customers have access to cash through ATMs and other channels as well as Over-The-Counter (OTC) in the banking halls.”

“ACAMB affirms without any equivocation that banks are not in any way hoarding or holding back naira notes or engaging in any act inimical to our avowed commitment to exciting customer experience.

“ATMs are being loaded every day, and cash is being paid as provided by the CBN, as regularly being checked by CBN Inspectors and other regulators including anti-graft agencies,” it added.

The group emphasised that, “In the past few hours, banks have taken additional measures to quicken the flow of naira notes. These measures, among others, include the deployment of extra technical supports for online payments, additional security at ATMs to ensure all-clock usage, technological back-up to reduce online downtime to the barest minimum, additional staff deployment to counters to attend to cash transactions, and timely interbank and inter-branch networking to bridge any gap.”

“We are confident that these measures, in addition to efforts by the regulatory CBN, will result in greater ease of access and cash liquidity,” the organisation assured, promising to “continue to engage all stakeholders and stimulate effective communications to foster greater understanding and forbearance.”

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Stanbic IBTC Bank Unveil Special Valentine Package for SMEs

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Customers of Stanbic IBTC Bank have been provided with juicy options to enjoy access to cash flow to scale their business in preparation for the upcoming season of love celebrations.

The Head of Enterprise Direct, Business and Commercial Client at Stanbic IBTC Bank, Ms Olajumoke Bello, disclosed in a statement that customers would get funds through its digital loan solutions to stock up for Valentine’s Day.

She added that this would also enable them to purchase necessary gift items for their loved ones, pay salaries and meet other financial obligations before, during and after the period.

“Individuals need to show love and be loved in return. Gifting remains one of the best ways to express love, and limited cash should not hinder achieving this.

“As for businesses, none deserves to be cash trapped. They must seek easy and seamless opportunities to cash flow to keep the business running at all times,” Ms Bello.

She explained that the Bank has an SME EZ Cash short-term loan offering to business owners that fulfil specific qualifying requirements.

It gives access to up to N5 million at a monthly interest rate of 3% and up to twelve months repayment period. Eligibility for EZ cash includes having an account for at least six months with no illegal overdrafts or returned cheques.

Women in business can gain better and simpler access to business funding through Stanbic IBTC’s Blue Blossom. A product for women to bridge the financial gap in their careers and enterprises and boost their economic empowerment.

A Blue Blossom account holder enjoys benefits including a zero current account maintenance (CAM) cost, access to business clinic sessions, a 0.50 per cent reduction on loan management costs, and access to lending facilities at exceptionally competitive rates with a minimum account initial balance of N20,000.

Merchants can receive payments over USSD using the C’Gate Payment. The system can accept payments through POS terminals and the online web payment platform.

Stanbic IBTC Point of Sale (POS) is accessible for quick payment receipts from debits, payment of bills, and airtime purchases.

“PrimePay, a payment solution that enables retailers to accept payments from their consumers with one link, using various payment methods, is also available. It connects to a merchant’s current website, and clients may complete purchases using any supported online payment methods.

“We also offer Payment Gateway Service for businesses to receive card payments directly from their websites and NQR Payment Solution to allow merchants to receive payments via a secure QR code-based platform.

“With Stanbic IBTC digital products, customers can do more from the comfort of their homes. We offer ease and convenience while they carry out transactions of any kind.

“I urge existing and prospective customers to take advantage of our propositions, and I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s celebration,” Ms Bello added.

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ICPC Arrests Bank Manager for Failure to Properly Load Cash into ATMs

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The Operation Manager of a branch of a commercial bank in Osogbo, Osun State, has been arrested by operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

A statement issued by ICPC on Friday disclosed that the bank manager was apprehended by its compliance team and taken in for questioning.

It was alleged that the banker loaded the bank’s Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) with cash with their wrappers un-removed, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed to customers, who have formed long queues amid a scarcity of the Naira in the country.

According to the statement, when it discovered this anomaly, the team directed that the wrappers are removed, and the cash be loaded properly.

“However, when a follow-up visit was undertaken the following day to ascertain the level of compliance, the team discovered that one of the ATMs was still loaded with the wrappers un-removed,” the statement said, prompting his arrest.

In a related development, an official of another commercial bank in Abuja has been apprehended by the commission. The bank official was accused of deliberately refusing to load cash into the branch’s ATMs even when the cash was available and people were queuing at the ATM terminals.

According to the ICPC, when its monitoring team arrived at the bank at about 1:30 pm to ensure compliance and demanded an explanation as to why all the ATMs were not dispensing cash, it was informed by the branch’s Head of Operations that the bank just got delivery of the cash.

But the agency claimed that available facts indicated that the branch took delivery of the cash around 11:58 am and either wilfully or maliciously refused to feed the ATMs with the cash.

Against this backdrop, the ICPC team compelled the bank to load the ATMs with the redesigned Naira notes and ensured that they were all dispensing before arresting the culprit.

“Investigations are still ongoing, and the commission will take appropriate actions as soon they are concluded,” a statement from the ICPC said.

The organisation explained that it embarked on the monitoring “in continuation of its clampdown at elements frustrating efforts in making the redesigned Naira notes available to members of the public.”

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