Covid 19 Posed as the Ultimate Test of Resilience to Banks – NDIC
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) Managing Director, Mr. Hassan Bello has stated that Covid 19 posed the ultimate test of resilience to the financial system so far.
Speaking at the 2022 stakeholders’ retreat of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Institutions with the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, Hassan explained that a resilient financial system is capable of coping with a variety of shocks. COVID-19 has caused a macroeconomic shock and stress that has never been seen before. It has long been seen as the ultimate test of financial system resiliency.
“As evidenced by the financial soundness indicators, Nigerian banks have remained resilient, by being safe, stable and sound in spite of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This success was due largely to the proactive policies and support of the regulatory authorities,” he said.
The NDIC’s contribution to financial stability and resilience, he added, could be assessed by its actions in the areas of deposit guarantee, bank supervision, crisis resolution, and bank liquidation.
He went on to say that the organization advocated sensible risk management procedures in insured institutions since risk management remained critical to a safe and sound financial sector.
The migration to the Differential Premium Assessment System from the flat-rate method of assessing and collecting premiums, he said, was one measure taken to strengthen the deposit insurance system in Nigeria, with the goal of aligning deposit insurance pricing with the risk profile of individual banks and collaboration with the CBN.
It’s also worth noting that the NDIC is actively involved in ensuring that banks follow corporate governance guidelines.
He added that the target ratio was created to maintain operational preparedness in the deposit insurance guarantee, and that deposit insurance cover has been adjusted upward over time in response to changing deposit distributions in banks.
Also, the NDIC’s chairman, Ronke Sokefun, said that deposit insurance is a government-mandated scheme that protects depositors against the loss of insured savings if the bank fails to meet its commitments to depositors.
AfDB Decries Inadequate Funding For Female Entrepreneurs With $42b Financing Gap in Africa
Across Africa, female entrepreneurs have been faced with an average of $42 billion financing gap which has hindered the growth of their businesses, says African Development Bank Group (AfDB).
This is as the African bank called for improved funding to boost women businesses and bridge the financing gap.
The AfDB President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina made the call during Access Bank’s International Women’s Day Conference held in Lagos, Investors King reports.
Adesina enjoined banks to create more ideas and come up with initiatives channeled towards alleviating and meeting the needs of women in business.
He noted that the number of women in business across Africa is on the increase, harping on the need to support them for improved results which would reflect in the economy and provide more employment opportunities.
Dr Adesina assured that the AfDB is set to work on the issue and provide support for female entrepreneurs.
AfDB President added that most women who have benefitted from loan schemes have been faithful in repayment hence the need to support them more.
His words, “In fact, nine out of 10 women pay back their loans, a truly extraordinary number and this shows that women are bankable.
“It is, however, bewildering that women in Africa continue to face a $42b financing gap in Africa.
“All financial institutions in Africa and indeed globally should have well-designed programmes and instruments for lending to women.”
In her remarks, the Group Head, W Initiative, Access Bank, Abiodun Olubitan, said that the W’ initiative is aimed at assisting female entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
She disclosed that the initiative gave out N40.5 billion loans last year to women and is planning to increase it to N100 billion this year.
Demola Sogunle Increases Stake in Stanbic IBTC
Dr. Demola Sogunle, the Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc has expanded his stake in the bank by 1,521,117 shares.
This was made known in a statement signed by Chidi Okezie, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC and made available to investing public.
The bank chief acquired the shares between 21 March and 24 March 2023 at N37.05 a unit. Meaning, he paid a total sum of N56.357 million for the acquisition.
Sogunle held 3.41 million indirect shares before acquiring more shares in Stanbic IBTC as of December 31, 2022. In 2021, he held 2.41 million indirect shares, which he increased to 3.41 million last year.
Sogunle remained the second-largest shareholder in Stanbic IBTC after Ifeoma Esiri, who holds 40.38 million direct shares and 3.11 million indirect shares valued at N1.63 billion as of December 2022.
During the financial period of 2022, Stanbic IBTC reported a gross turnover of N287.53 million, surpassing the N206.64 million generated in the previous year. The financial institution also recorded growth in its net interest income, which increased to N113.11 billion in 2022 from N75.37 billion in 2021.
In addition, Stanbic IBTC closed the year with N80.81 billion in net profit, an improvement on the N56.96 billion profit after tax earned in the corresponding period of 2021.
Stanbic IBTC Holdings’ Gross Earnings Reach a Decade High in 2022 With 131% Growth in Trading Revenue
Stanbic IBTC Holdings reported its highest gross earnings in a decade, aided by a 131% growth in trading revenue in 2022, according to data released by the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX).
Gross earnings grew by 39.15% to N287.54 billion in 2022 compared to N206.64 billion in 2021, while trading revenue for the period surged to N34.69 billion in 2022 from N13.29 billion in 2021.
The growth in interest income was driven by an increase in the volume of risk assets and growth in average yield due to a higher interest rate environment, analysts at CSL Stockbrokers Limited said in a note.
The bank declared earnings per share of N603 per share in 2022 from N420 per share in 2021, and proposed a final dividend of N2.00 per ordinary share.
Further checks by Investors King showed that the bank’s interest expense rose by 34.62 percent to N39.55 billion in 2022 compared to N29.38 billion in 2021. This was driven by a significant increase of 124 percent in interest generated from savings accounts and a 62.36 percent increase in interest from borrowed funds.
The bank’s fees and commission revenue also grew by 8.77 percent to N96.07 billion in 2022, up from N88.32 billion in 2021. However, its fees and commission expenses decreased by 8.05 percent from N5.44 billion in 2021 to N5.01 billion in 2022.
Despite the profit growth, the bank’s activities are not generating cash as net cash flow from operating activities amounted to N-84.23 billion in 2022.
The bank’s return on equity for the full year period of 2022 increased by 470 basis points to 19.82 percent compared to 15.12 percent in 2021.
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