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Access Holdings Grows PBT By 335% To N729bn In 2023

 

Access Holdings Plc has announced its audited Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2023. In the year under review, the Group recorded a robust growth in its Profits Before Tax, posting a healthy N729 billion, representing 335per cent year-on-year (YoY) increase from 2022.

Access Holdings’ Gross Earnings also surged by 87 per cent YoY to N2.59 trillion, up from N1.38 trillion in 2022. This remarkable growth was primarily driven by a 100 per cent increase in interest income and a 67.9 per cent growth in non-interest income.

The Group’s Net Interest Income also demonstrated strong performance, soaring by 93.5 per cent YoY to N695.4 billion, compared to N359.6 billion in the previous year. The yield on earning assets also rose remarkably from 9.2% in 2022 to 12.8 per cent.

Access Holdings’ Loans & Advances expanded by 60.5 per cent YoY to N8.9 trillion, accompanied by an improvement in the Non-Performing Loan Ratio, which decreased to 2.8 per cent from 3.2 per cent in 2022. The Group closed the year with N2.18 trillion in Shareholders’ Funds, marking a significant 77.5 per cent growth from N1.23 trillion in FY 2022.

Commenting on the performance, Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Access Holdings, Bolaji Agbede said: “The Group’s strong performance in 2023 reflects our commitment to delivering value to our shareholders and stakeholders amidst challenging operating environments. The significant growth in our earnings is a testament to the resilience, strategic focus, and efficiency of our team, and reflects the diversity of our offering across banking, pension, insurance, and payments driven by robust risk management, best-in-class corporate governance, and cutting-edge technology. As we look ahead, we remain committed to driving sustainable growth, consolidating our footprint, and accelerating the attainment of our 2027 strategic objectives.”

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Access Holdings’ regulatory ratios strengthened in 2023 as Capital Adequacy Ratios for the Group, and its flagship subsidiary, Access Bank, stood at 19.01per cent and 21.09 per cent, respectively. The Liquidity Ratio remained robust at 51.8 per cent, well above the regulatory threshold.

The Managing /CEO, Access Bank, Roosevelt Ogbonna remarked on the Bank’s accomplishments, saying: “As we reflect on the results of 2023, characterised by robust growth, strategic acquisitions, and expansion into key trade hubs, I am excited about the prospects for Access Bank. Our relentless focus on customer-centricity, digital innovation, and operational excellence has positioned us strongly to capitalise on emerging opportunities. As we enter the consolidation and efficiency phase of our Africa and international expansion strategy, we remain committed to driving sustainable growth, enhancing shareholder value, and delivering exceptional banking experiences to our customers across Africa and beyond.”

Access Holdings’ other subsidiaries also posted strong results, as Access Pensions Limited recorded a 75% growth in gross revenues, amounting to N12.3 billion, while Hydrogen Payment services posted an operating income of N2.1 billion and a PBT of N161 million.

Access Holdings Plc acquired Megatech Insurance Brokers Ltd. (now known as Access Insurance Brokers Ltd.) and successfully completed a US$300million capital injection into Access Banking Group, which acquired several entities including Finibanco Angola S.A., and select Standard Chartered Bank operations in Africa.

Access Bank’s UK subsidiary also opened a branch in Paris and received regulatory approval to commence operations in Hong Kong.

The Group has proposed a final dividend of N1.80 kobo per share for the 2023 financial year, bringing the total dividend payment to N2.10 kobo per share with a total value of N74.6 billion.

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Reiterating his confidence in the organisation’s resilience, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Chairman, Access Holdings, said: “As we navigate this transformative period, we remain confident in the leadership of the Group to continue this upward trend and set the standard for financial service groups in the continent. Access Holdings has a rich history of excellence, and we will continue to deliver unparalleled value to our stakeholders.”

Commencing in the second half of 2024, the Group’s Africa and international expansion strategy will enter the consolidation and efficiency phase, aligning with the institution’s five-year plan to accelerate the attainment of its 2027 strategic objectives.

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