UBA Unveils Strategy to Improve Performance in FY 2019

March 25, 2019
Kennedy Uzoka UBA Shareholders

By Dipo Olowookere

The management of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has already rolled up its sleeves to ensure its 2019 financial year is better than 2018 fiscal year.

The results released by the pan African financial institution recently were not too impressive, but the lender is determined to make amends.

Addressing an investor call last Thursday, Group Managing Director of UBA Plc, Mr Kennedy Uzoka, assured that the bank’s prudent focus on improved asset quality as well as the continuous adoption of strict cost efficient measures will help it achieve its objectives and priorities for the 2019 financial year and beyond.

According to him, this will culminate into an institution with even stronger indices laced  with the capacity to churn out strong double-digit growth in annuity-based trade services, enhanced offerings and improved customer service.

Mr Uzoka said UBA has already instituted a number of enhanced risk management and control framework which have in no small measure contributed to its financial performances and overall balance sheet growth over the years.

He explained that UBA’s well diversified asset book supported by stable funding structure placed it in a premium position to perform remarkably despite the falling economic indices in its operating environment.

“In spite of slow recovery in economic activities in Nigeria (our single largest market), the Group’s total assets has grown by 19.7 percent, driven largely by a strong deposit growth of 23 percent, as the drive for retail deposits continue to yield desired results.

“Leveraging on enhanced customer service, the Group grew retail deposits by 48 percent, thus strengthening the funding base and providing the foundation for lower cost of funds in 2019.

“Notably, the growth in balance sheet also partly reflects the impact of exchange rate difference between the reporting dates (2017: N331/$ versus 2018: N359/$), as 37 percent of loans and 27 percent of overall balance sheet is FCY-denominated.

“The Group maintained its appetite for a well-diversified balance sheet, with over 60 percent in liquid, low risk instruments.”

Mr Uzoka explained to the investors that the bank recorded impressive growths achieved across major financial lines, recording a 48 percent year-on-year growth in retail deposits and improved CASA ratio to 77 percent.

While speaking on the strength of the financial institution in the coming years, especially on the back of its African and non-African subsidiaries, Mr Uzoka said the bank’s recent foray into key markets and economies remain a milestone that will catapult the institution in the coming years.

“UBA is a unique pan-African franchise with diversified risk and earnings across fast growing African economies with sound governance, risk management and compliance culture which can be seen from our adherence to international best practice.

“Our robust digital banking platform through which we are leveraging technology to serve over 15 million customers in a cost efficient approach that has helped to deepen African banking penetration.

“We have the strong financial capacity backed by high capitalization (BASEL II capital ratio well above requirement) and strong liquidity, and we have worked hard towards connecting Africa and the world through our presence in key African markets and major global financial centres such as New York, London and Paris.”

Dipo Olowookere

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 [email protected]

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