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Access Bank UK’s Announces 36% Growth In Balance Sheet



The Access Bank United Kingdom (UK) has announced a 36 percent growth in its balance sheet for the year ended December 2018, reflecting another year of outstanding international business growth, this was declared at its annual Access Bank Polo Day at Guards Polo Club Windsor.

The bank in a statement said, 2018 was the year it joined the three key UK clearing systems, and collected the best African Trade Finance Bank awards from both International Finance and CFI.

All four strategic business units returned double digit growth and in only its second year of operations the importance of its investment in Dubai was demonstrated by a 200 per cent increase in income.

For the eleventh year running it was able to report having no ‘non performing loans’, with corporate responsibility and exemplary corporate governance playing a key role in the growth of the bank.

The Polo day is the culmination of a yearlong programme, part of its fund raising in partnership with UNICEF for education projects in northern Nigeria in particular.

A total of N350 million ($970,000) were pledged during the day to build and equip 70 new classrooms, for children’s education in Northern Nigeria.

Since the UNICEF/Access Bank initiative was started in 2005 it has built schools in Kaduna and, kept more than 8000 students in continuous education.

At the same time new school blocks and a computer literacy building all in a more secure and friendly school environment have been developed.

The communities surrounding the schools are being supported with bore-holes for water, and sewing and grinding machines to secure employment and stimulate economic and social development.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai is committed to match the building programme which will see another 70 class rooms built in the coming year and another 2500 children in education.

The annual event is the climax to the high-profile Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament, and celebrates reaching out to and highlighting the plight of vulnerable children and orphans and internally displaced persons.

In partnership with 5th Chukker and based in Kaduna, Nigeria, the tournament is the biggest charity polo tournament in Africa and generates funds and stimulates support for the work of the UNICEF/Access Bank initiative across Africa.

According to the Managing Director, Access Bank UK, Jamie Simmonds, “We are a bank where our growth has been fuelled by the strength of customer relationships.

It enables us to develop innovative products and financial solutions with rather than just for our customers.

“Becoming a UK clearer is a major landmark for us and differentiates us from many of our competitors in the market place.

We also manage our retail deposit offering in-house for greater control with both initiatives forming part of our strategy to future proof the bank”

“ We have offices here in the heart of the City of London, Dubai and Lagos and are building our presence in China through a representative office there.” “We invest significantly in attracting, retaining and developing professional staff in order to ensure customers always deal with an expert who is familiar with their business and personal financial needs.

Herbert Wigwe, Chairman of The Access Bank UK Ltd, says “The successes in completing the first decade of trading for ACCESS Bank UK has been a major milestone.” “Growth has been sustained at the same time as earning a reputation for innovation and flexibility.


Bidvest Bank trading profit rises 3.5% to R6.7bn




The Commercial bank in the Republic of South Africa trading, distribution and services group Bidvest said recently its trading profit for the year ended June 30 rose 3.5 percent to R6.7 billion despite flat revenue.

Headline earnings per share were up 9.8 percent to 1,352.1 cents and the company said exceptional cost and capital discipline as well as improved margins were highlights against a volatile trading backdrop.

The CEO Bidvest Bank Lindsay Ralphs said, “There has been a strong focus on our clients, on solutions, innovation, wholesaling the right product at the appropriate price point as well as bolt-on acquisitions in the services and office & print divisions, which has culminated in acceptable growth.”

The group declared a final cash dividend of 318 cents per share, bringing the total dividend for the year to 600 cents, up 7.9 percent from last year.

Strong profitability gains were achieved at Adcock Ingram while Comair recognised the successful claim awarded against South African Airways, which increased Bidvest’s share of profits from these associated companies.

Bidvest said its diverse portfolio of businesses and extensive reach allowed it to weather challenging times.

“Our basic-need services and everyday essential product ranges enable us to support and add value to all our stakeholders. Innovation to disrupt ourselves, and the industries in which we operate, remains a core focus alongside disciplined asset management and cost control,” Ralphs added.


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Guinness Nigeria Declares N5.5bn Profit, N3.3bn Dividend




A leading beverage alcohol firm in Nigeria Guinness Nigeria, recently announced a profit after tax (PAT) of N5.483 billion for the year ended June 30, 2019, compared with N6.718 billion. The profit was actualized from a revenue of N131.498 billion as against N142.975 billion in 2018.

Net financing income fell from N3.443 billion to N1.862 billion, while profit before tax (PBT) was N7.103 billion, down from N9.943 billion in 2018. The board of directors has recommended a dividend of N3.329 billion.

Commenting on the result, the Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Baker Magunda, stated that the company would continue to work on all operating indices while expecting that the micro and macroeconomic parameters improve.

Magunda mentioned that: “Revenue for the year declined 8% compared to same period last year on the backdrop of an extremely challenging macroeconomic and competitive environment. The cost of the increase in excise duty at a time of stagnant consumer disposable income had to be absorbed by industry players. Despite the tough competitive landscape, we continue to see good growth performance from Guinness, Spirits and the malt drinks.”

According to him, a combination of factors, inflation plus prior year royalties and accruals not approved by NOTAP, led to a 17 per cent decline in gross profit for the organisation.

Magunda explained that “Marketing spend reduction by 16 per cent and distribution costs initiatives partly mitigated the gross profit decline, thus leading to a fall in operating profit by N4.4 billion. Profit before tax decreased by N2.8 billion as a 46 per cent reduction in net finance costs further helped to cushion the decline in operating profit,”

Also speaking on the performance, Chairman of the company, Mr. Babatunde Savage, said: “As a board, we are confident that our strategy is sound, and that we are making the right investments in the company to ensure our long-term competitiveness. The Board will continue to support the management in its efforts to build a business that aims to consistently deliver growth for stakeholders.”

The company noted that despite the challenges, it continues to fulfill its commitment to stakeholders particularly as it drives its renewable energy and water recovery project for sustainable environment.

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Zenith Bank grows profit to N111.7bn, in H1’19




Nigeria’s leading financial service Zenith Bank Plc has announced profit before tax (PBT) of N111.7billion and proposed interim dividend of 30 kobo per share for the half-year ended June 2019 (H1’19).

This was disclosed by the bank in its audited financial results for H1’19 released recently which showed improved performance in key financial indicators.

In a statement announcing the results, the bank said: “Gross earnings grew by three percent from ¦ 322.2 billion to ¦ 331.6 billion driven by a significant growth of 24 percent (YoY) in non-interest income from ¦ 88.6 billion in H1 2018 to ¦ 109.7 billion in H1 2019.”

It further said: “In particular, fees from electronic products increased by ¦ 17 billion (168 percent) from ¦ 10 billion in H1 2018 to ¦ 27 billion in H1 2019, demonstrating significant progress in our retail banking initiatives.”

“This top-line growth filtered through to the bottom-line as Profit Before Tax (PBT) increased to¦ 111.7 billion reflecting a four percent growth over ¦ 107.4 billion reported in H1 2018 with earnings per share (EPS) increasing by nine percent to ¦ 2.83 in H1 2019 from ¦ 2.60 compared to the prior period.” It added.



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