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Sterling Bank Posts N79.6b Gross Earnings

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Sterling Bank Posts N79.6b Gross Earnings

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Sterling Bank Plc has posted gross earnings of N79.66 billion for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

The bank, in a statement on Saturday, said the figure was lower than N81.81 billion achieved in the corresponding period of 2015.

It stated that the bank’s profit before tax stood at N6.07 billion against N8.30 billion recorded in the comparative period of 2015.

The bank’s Net Interest Margin, which measures the profitability of the core lending business, improved to 8.5 percent in third quarter of 2016 as against 7.9 percent in the preceding period of 2015.

Its non-performing loans improved significantly from 4.8 percent in December 2015 to 2.5 percent in third quarter of 2016.

The bank’s cost of funds rose to 5.3 percent against 6.2 percent in the corresponding period of 2015.

The bank’s net interest income rose by 37.6 percent to N41.5 billion from N30.2 billion recorded in third quarter 2015.

Non-Interest Income, however, reduced by 47.6 percent to N10.8 billion as against N20.5 billion, mainly because of 34.2 percent decline in fees and commission.

Total assets, excluding contingent liabilities, increased by 11.4 percent to N890.3 billion as against N799.5 billion recorded at the beginning of the year.

Commenting on the result, the Managing Director of Sterling Bank, Mr Yemi Adeola, attributed the improvements to the company’s commitment in building a sustainable business anchored on effective risk management and a robust retail business.

He said, “Sterling Bank has grown its active customer base by over 40 per cent year-to-date with improved penetration across all digital channels.”

“The non-interest banking business has also witnessed significant growth in deposits and profitability by 87 percent and 415 per cent respectively.

“This gives fillip to our resolve to diversify our business significantly over the coming years.”

He said that the bank would continue to prioritise operating efficiency and aggressively drive retail funding.

Mr Adeola said that the tough operating environment characterised by foreign exchange supply shortages, rising inflation, negative economic growth and recessionary environment had sustained downward pressure on core earnings in the industry.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Wema Bank Educates Students on Personal Finance

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

As part of activities to mark 2023 Global Financial Literacy Day, Wema Bank Plc this week organised a financial literacy programme for students across all states it operates.

The innovative financial institution said the financial literacy sessions for secondary school students aligned with its commitment to championing financial literacy for the next generation.

The Deputy Managing Director of Wema Bank, Mr Wole Akinleye, who led the financial literacy session at Yola Model School, Adamawa State, encouraged the students on the importance of developing financial literacy as a life skill.

Speaking on the significance of Financial Literacy Week, Mr Akinleye emphasized Wema Bank’s commitment to empowering young minds with the skills and knowledge necessary to make informed financial decisions.

“Our hope is that through these initiatives, we can empower more individuals to take control of their finances and achieve financial stability,” he noted.

It was gathered that students were trained on personal finance topics such as budgeting, emergency funds, saving for goal actualization, investment, and donating for positive societal impact, amongst others.

The idea, according to a statement from the lender, is to instil an early understanding of the significance of building a solid financial foundation and achieving financial stability and success from a young age.

The 2023 Global Financial Literacy Day was themed Plan your Money, Plant your Future.

Financial literacy is vital for the achievement of financial stability, and it is essential to ensure that everyone has the necessary tools to manage their finances effectively and achieve their financial goals.

Wema Bank Plc reaffirmed its commitment to providing educational resources and opportunities for children through the Royal Kiddies Account and a range of other savings products, supporting financial empowerment for the next generation.

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Access Bank Gets Regulatory Nod to Merge Zambian Subsidiaries

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Banking regulators have approved the merger between Access Bank Zambia Limited and African Banking Corporation Zambia Limited.

Access Bank Plc announced on October 25, 2021, that it had executed a binding agreement with Altas Maras Limited on a proposed merger between African Banking Corporation Limited (Atlas Mara Zambia) and the bank’s subsidiary in Zambia, Access Bank Zambia.

This was contained in a notice filed by the company by Mr Oyelola Oyeleye, the group’s company secretariat and Mr Sunday Ekwoche, its company secretary, on the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange, where it trades its securities on Friday.

“We are pleased to announce that Access Zambia has received final regulatory approval from the Central Bark of Zambia for the acquisition and merger of Atas Mara Zambia into its existing operations (the Transaction),” the statement read.

It was disclosed that The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Competition Commission had earlier granted their “no objection” to the transaction in 2022.

Following this new development, Access Zambia said it would move towards integrating and merging Atlas Mara Zambia into its operations, which is expected to create one of the top five banks in Zambia.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year.

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Reps Call for Urgent Overhaul of Electronic Banking Platforms

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The House of Representatives has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to direct commercial banks to urgently overhaul their online and electronic banking platforms.

At Thursday’s plenary, the green chamber said this would ease the electronic banking operations that the banks were implementing in line with the cashless/Naira redesign policy of the apex bank and reduce the pains of Nigerians.

The resolution came off a motion on notice moved by a lawmaker from Edo State, Mr Sergius Ose-Ogun, in the lower house.

“The House notes that Section 88 (1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) empowers the National Assembly to conduct investigations into the activities of any authority executing or administering laws made by the National Assembly (like the Central Bank of Nigeria);

“Aware that the Central Bank of Nigeria is established under Section 1 of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, Cap. C4, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to issue legal tender currencies in Nigeria;

“Also aware that Section 2 of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act saddles the Central Bank of Nigeria with the duty of promoting a sound financial system in Nigeria;

“Acknowledges that in the wake of the recent naira redesign and cash withdrawal limit policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria, there has been an increase in the use of online and electronic banking services to carry out monetary transactions across the country;

“Also acknowledges that the use of online or internet banking services by Nigerians in the past three months or thereabout has been characterized by varying degrees of hitches ranging from unsuccessful electronic bank transfers, point of sale (POS) service failure and a host of others;

“Disturbed that the ineffectiveness or difficulty in using internet banking services across the online banking platforms of most commercial banks in Nigeria has brought untold hardship, suffering and difficulties on Nigerians in the past three months.

“Worried that if nothing is done by the Central Bank of Nigeria and the commercial banks to address these difficulties or ineffectiveness, Nigerians will continue to suffer untold hardships and loss of monies to unsuccessful electronic bank transactions.

“Resolves to urge the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to direct all commercial banks in the country to immediately overhaul their existing online/electronic banking platforms for efficiency and ease of conducting electronic banking operations,” the motion read.

The House Committee on Banking and Currency was mandated to monitor and ensure compliance with the resolution within four weeks.

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