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ZENITH BANK DELIGHTS SHAREHOLDERS, PAYS MILESTONE N100.47 BILLION DIVIDEND

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ZENITH BANK DELIGHTS SHAREHOLDERS, PAYS MILESTONE N100.47 BILLION DIVIDEND

Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Dr. Jim Ovia, CFR, flanked by the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive of Zenith Bank, Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu (left) and the Company Secretary, Mr. Michael Otu (right), during the bank’s 32nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), held virtually from the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, yesterday.

At the 32nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Zenith Bank Plc, held virtually from the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, shareholders of the bank unanimously approved the proposed final dividend payment of NGN2.90 per share. This brings the total dividend for the 2022 financial year to NGN3.20 per share, with a total value of NGN100.47 billion.

In his opening statement at the AGM, Jim Ovia, CFR, Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, expressed his gratitude to the shareholders for their unwavering loyalty, commitment, and support, which have been instrumental in the bank’s outstanding performance since its inception.

Group Managing Director/Chief Executive, Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, extolled the Founder and Chairman, Jim Ovia, CFR, for establishing the legacy and providing the template for the bank’s continued superior performance. He also highlighted the board’s and management’s determination to maintain the bank’s growth trajectory in the coming years, with an emphasis on digital and retail banking.

Speaking at the AGM, Dr. Faruk Umar, President of the Association of the Rights of Nigerian Shareholders (AARNS), commended the Board and Management of Zenith Bank for consistently delivering value to shareholders despite the challenging economic environment. He also praised the bank’s staff for their loyalty and dedication.

Chief Timothy Adesiyan, President, Shareholders Solidarity Association of Nigeria, expressed delight at the dividend payout and thanked the Board and Management for the outstanding performance that led to approving both an interim and final dividend during the year.

Also speaking, Mrs. Adenike David, National Coordinator of the Esteemed Shareholders Association of Nigeria, congratulated the bank and chairman on their exceptional performance, as evidenced by the numerous awards received during the 2022 financial year. She also praised the bank for paying an interim dividend of 30 kobo and a final dividend of 2.90 kobo.

Despite challenging macroeconomic conditions, Zenith Bank Group achieved a 24% growth in gross earnings, from NGN765.6 billion in the previous year to NGN945.5 billion in 2022. This was driven by a 26% YoY growth in interest income and a 23% YoY growth in non-interest income. Customer deposits grew by 39%, reflecting the bank’s market leadership and customers’ trust. Net interest margin (NIM) increased from 6.7% to 7.2%, positively impacted by the elevated yield environment. Operating expenses grew by 17% YoY, though still below the inflation rate. Total assets rose by 30%, primarily due to growth in customer deposits.

In 2023, Zenith Bank Group plans to expand its reach and reorganize into a holding company structure, adding new verticals to its businesses and pursuing growth in all chosen markets, locally and internationally.

Zenith Bank’s track record of excellent performances has continued to earn the brand numerous awards, including being recognized as the Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital, for the 13th consecutive year, in the 2022 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking published by The Banker Magazine; Bank of the Year (Nigeria) in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2020 and 2022; and Best Bank in Nigeria, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, in the Global Finance World’s Best Banks Awards; Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria 2021 and 2022 in the World Finance Banking Awards; Best Corporate Governance Bank, Nigeria in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards 2022; Best in Corporate Governance, Financial Services, Africa, for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022, by the Ethical Boardroom; Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria; and Best Innovation in Retail Banking, Nigeria in the International Banker 2022 Banking Awards. Also, the bank emerged as the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria in the Banker Magazine Top 500 Banking Brands 2020 and 2021 and Retail Bank of the Year for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022 at the BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards. Similarly, Zenith Bank was named Bank of the Decade (People’s Choice) at the ThisDay Awards 2020, Most Innovative Bank of the Year 2019 by Tribune Newspaper, Bank of the Year 2020 by Independent Newspaper, Bank of the Year 2021 by Champion Newspaper, Bank of the Year 2022 by New Telegraph Newspaper, and Most Responsible Organization in Africa 2021 by SERAS Awards.

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First Bank Partners With Proparco On Climate Performance

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First Bank Partners With Proparco On Climate Performance

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, in partnership with Proparco, a Development Finance Institution is mainstreaming climate initiatives into its business operations and strategy.

This is aimed at achieving a holistic integration of climate action on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction through an articulated strategic pathway to position the Bank as an African Climate Bank.

The 130-year-old financial institution is currently implementing a mechanism to calculate its operational emissions across all its branches and offices.

This includes calculating data on electricity use, diesel use, water consumption, waste management approach, fuel consumption, business travels, etcetera to determine the Bank’s emission baseline and innovative opportunities for operational emissions reduction.

First Bank Partners With Proparco On Climate Performance
FirstBank is developing the required capabilities and competencies by investing in its employees and the right infrastructure for integrating climate action in the Bank.

In a two-day partnership strategy workshop sessions with IPC and Valoris, consultants from Austria engaged by Proparco in the climate mainstreaming project, FirstBank’s climate journey across all areas of implementation was reviewed to determine progress and empower strategic departments across the Bank’s operations, including: the Credit Risk teams; Human Capital Management & Development (HCMD); FirstAcademy, the Bank’s learning institute; Corporate Banking; Personal Banking; SME Banking; Procurement; Branch Operations and General Services teams to deepen the understanding of climate risks in their processes.

The six workstreams for the implementation include: Identification of financed and avoided emissions to support reporting; supporting the measurement and analysis of operating emissions; integration of physical climate risk assessment; opportunity analysis; climate strategy and policy development; capacity building amongst staff to support strategy implementation.

Dr Martin Steindl, Managing Director, Valoris, Austria, said, “Amongst our various engagements with financial institutions on climate mainstreaming, FirstBank is the only organization that has been able to provide data both on the assets’ location of their portfolio and head offices of their clients. I am impressed with the progress we have collectively achieved.”

Reinforcing the Bank’s commitment to mainstreaming climate initiatives, the Ag. Chief Risk Officer, FirstBank, Patrick Akhidenor said ‘’FirstBank is intentional about redefining its climate footprint. We are identifying opportunities in climate finance to improve our portfolio and reduce the carbon emissions associated with our processes and operations. The Bank is executing a financed emissions calculation mechanism as well as creating climate finance opportunities, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency products for our customers.”

Nigeria has committed to reducing its GHG emissions to 20 percent by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2060. While this is ambitious, it sets the tone for businesses in Nigeria to at least support their GHG emissions reduction strategy with national plans and target. FirstBank is committed to achieving this goal and this is evident as the bank is a signatory to the Africa Business Leaders’ Climate Statement released in 2022 at COP 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt by the Africa Business Leaders Coalition (ABLC)..

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Ecobank’s pre-tax profit grows 249% to N202 billion in Q1 2024

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Ecobank’s pre-tax profit grows 249% to N202 billion in Q1 2024

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) posted a pre-tax profit of N201.5 billion during the quarter ending March 31, 2024. This marks a 249% year-on-year growth from the N57.7 billion posted during the corresponding quarter in 2023.

The banking group, which is listed on both the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) released its financial statements in Nigerian Naira (NGN) and the US Dollar (USD). In USD terms, the group’s pre-tax profit grew to $150 million in Q1 2024, marking a 20% YoY growth from the $125.1 million posted in Q1 2023.

In Q1 2024, ETI hit a whopping N904.2 billion in gross earnings, marking a 193% YoY growth from N308.1 billion gross earnings posted in Q1 2023. However, in USD terms, there was a marginal 1% YoY growth in gross earnings to $673.9 million from $668 million in Q1 2023.

Key Highlights Q1 2024 vs Q1 2023
Gross earnings: N904.2 billion, +193% YoY
Interest income: N608.3 billion, +194% YoY
Interest expense: N220 billion, +160% YoY
Net interest income: N388.4 billion, +217% YoY
Non-interest revenue: N277.1 billion, +191% YoY
Operating income: N665.4 billion, +205% YoY
Operating expenses: N358 billion, +181% YoY
Operating profit: N307.5 billion, +241% YoY
Impairment charges on financial assets: N106 billion, -226% YoY
Profit before tax: N201.5 billion, +249% YoY
Profit after tax: N140.9 billion, +249% YoY
Earnings per share: 374.740 kobo, +218% YoY
Total assets: N34.6 trillion, +33% YtD
Loans and advances to customers: N12.7 trillion, +27% YTD
Loans and advances to banks: N3.10 trillion, +45.5% YTD
Commentary
The group’s gross earnings during the quarter were majorly driven by the 194.3% YoY growth in interest income to N608.3 billion, from N207.2 billion as of Q1 2023. In USD terms, the group’s interest income hit $453.4 million during the quarter, marking a 1% growth from the $449.3 million posted in Q1 2023.

Despite growing by 33% in NGN terms during the quarter to N34.7 trillion, the group’s total assets declined by 3% to $26.5 billion from $27.2 billion at the start of the year. This massive distortion was caused by the 27% devaluation in the Naira from N952/$ as of January 1, 2024, to N1304/$ as of March 31, 2024.

Ecobank Nigeria’s Q1 2024 performance
During the quarter, Nigeria was the least contributing geographical segment of the business. Ecobank Nigeria generated a net interest income of N30.7 billion in Q1 2024, compared with N147.3 billion generated in Anglophone West Africa (Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia, and Guinea). Ecobank generated N133.7 billion in net interest income from the UEMOA region, and N118 billion from the Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa (CESA) region.

Ecobank Nigeria is also the least contributor to the total assets of the group. It currently contributes a total asset of N4.8 trillion, representing 14% of the group’s total assets. In contrast, Ecobank UEMOA contributes 39% of the group’s total assets with N13.5 trillion. While Ecobank AWA contributes 19% of group’s total assets with N6.6 trillion.

The bank in Nigeria generated a pre-tax profit of N5 billion in Q1 2023, marking a 51% YoY growth from the N3.3 billion posted in Q1 2023.

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WEMA BANK 5 FOR 5 PROMO SEASON 3 GRAND FINALE SET TO HOLD IN LAGOS

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WEMA BANK 5 FOR 5 PROMO SEASON 3 GRAND FINALE SET TO HOLD IN LAGOS

…N10,000,000 cash prize up for grabs in final draw of the season!

Wema Bank, Nigeria’s foremost innovative bank and pioneer of Africa’s first fully digital bank, ALAT, is set to wrap up the season 3 edition of its remarkable reward initiative, the 5 for 5 Promo, in a grand finale slated for Friday, May 31, 2024, in Lagos.

Wema Bank 5 for 5 Promo is a reward initiative introduced by the Bank in 2019 with the goal of rewarding its customers for their active loyalty to the brand and its products. Through the 5 for 5 Promo, customers of the Bank have enjoyed financial support for their personal, business and professional life. Executed via thoroughly regulated monthly draws per season, the Wema Bank 5 for 5 Promo through a raffle draw selects winners from the Bank’s pool of active and transacting customers, based on the minimum requirements and modalities of the season.

A total of 1,177 customers have received cash rewards of up to N63.3 million in the first 2 seasons of the Promo; 23 of whom emerged millionaires in season 1 and 2. The 5 for 5 Promo has since become a beacon of hope to millions of Nigerians and businesses across the country.

Season 3 of the 5 for 5 Promo kickstarted in July 2023, raising the bar impressively with a N90,000,000 cash prize that surpassed both preceding seasons, creating room for more Nigerians to become winners. With each month in the 10-month spread, the 5 for 5 Promo Season 3 train has toured different locations across Nigeria, surprising customers with cash prizes ranging from N25,000 to N1,000,000 each. The 5 for 5 Promo stands out for its inclusivity, diversity and impact, touching the lives of hundreds of Nigerians of different ages, statuses, interests and inclinations. As the final draw of the season approaches, both past and aspiring 5 for 5 Promo winners eagerly anticipate the lucky 120 winners to be made this May.

Referencing the Bank’s intention for the 5 for 5 Promo, the Head, Brands & Marketing Communications at Wema Bank, Mabel Adeteye, expressed gratitude to customers of the Bank for their continued support throughout Wema Bank’s 79-year journey.

“At Wema Bank, our world revolves around our people and customers. Their support is what has got us this far so it’s only natural that we seize every opportunity to give back to them and fulfil our goal of providing optimum value for every stakeholder. The 5 for 5 Promo was birthed from a place of gratitude and commitment to empowering our customers and with each season, we have simplified the requirements and amplified the rewards to ensure that everyone can benefit from the Promo.

Season 3 has been nothing short of remarkable and as we close out our 79th anniversary celebration with one more 5 for 5 Promo Season 3 draw, we are honoured to be the bank of choice for our diverse customer base. To the 1,000+ customers that have won over the past 9 months and the 120 that will win in the grand finale, I say a huge congratulations. Thank you for choosing Wema Bank”.

Encouraging Nigerians to take advantage of the last draw of the 5 for 5 Promo Season 3, Mabel Adeteye, elucidated the minimum requirements for qualification. “The requirements are simple, fund your account with at least N5,000 and make up to 5 transactions using the ALAT App, *945# or your ALAT/Wema Card, maintaining a N5,000 minimum average account balance. It doesn’t matter where you are, what you do or when you started banking with us, you can be a winner. NYSC members have won, business owners, undergraduate students, working class professionals, everyone from Gen Z to the baby boomers—there’s room for all in the Wema Bank family and the 5 for 5 Promo. A simple download of the ALAT App could be the first step for potential winners. I look forward to May 31st, as we put the final bow on this exceptional journey that has made the 5 for 5 Promo Season 3 a success”.

The 5 for 5 Promo has transformed the lives and experiences of thousands of Nigerians across the world, with cash prizes for transactions on both Naira and Domiciliary accounts. With a total of N80,000,000 already disbursed in the first 9 draws of Season 3, the grand finale is set to reward 120 more Nigerians with a N10,000,000 cash prize.

To qualify to win in the grand finale of the Wema Bank 5 for 5 Promo Season 3, Wema Bank account holders are to fund their Wema/ALAT accounts and make up to 5 transactions before the month ends.

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