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Afreximbank grew net interest income to $393.4m in Q1

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has released its consolidated financial statements and those of its subsidiaries for the three months ended 31 March 2024 which…

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has released its consolidated financial statements and those of its subsidiaries for the three months ended 31 March 2024 which saw Net Interest Income for Q1 grow by 31.73% to US$393.4 million, compared to US$298.6 million for the prior comparative period (Q1 2023).

The group’s results for the period demonstrate great resilience in the face of challenging geopolitical and macroeconomic conditions.

The results show year-on-year growth and an increase in shareholder value.

The increase was largely driven by a 40.07% increase in interest income to US$721.8 million, on the back of the growth in the bank’s portfolio of loans and advances.

Net Interest Margin improved to 4.82% compared to 4.40% in the corresponding period due to a combination of higher benchmark rates and effective management of borrowing costs.

The group demonstrated an improvement in operating efficiency with a lower cost-to-income ratio of 14.50% in Q1’2024, compared to 16.82% in Q1’2023.

This was achieved despite a 10.63% increase in operating expenses to US$61.4 million (Q1 2023: US$55.5 million).

Staff costs rose by 28.55% year-on-year following an increase in staff headcount to support the growth of group business and other initiatives, in line with the bank’s sixth strategic plan, constituting 52.93% of the group’s expenses.

Group Total assets closed 1Q’2024 at US$ 32.8 billion compared to US$33.5 billion as at 31 December 2023 (FY’2023).

Cash and cash equivalents closed the period at US$4.9 billion (FY 2023: US$5.6 billion) with the Liquidity ratio remaining strong at 14.9%.

The group’s Shareholders’ Funds rose by 2.89% to US$6.3 billion as of 31 March 2024 (FY 2023: US$6.1 billion) on the back of growth in Group Net income of US$178.7 million. Callable capital, a significant proportion of which was credit enhanced as part of the bank’s Capital Management Strategy, was maintained at US$3.7 billion as of 31 March 2024 (FY 2023: US$3.7 billion).

Mr. Denys Denya, Afreximbank’s Senior Executive Vice President, in his comment on the result said, ‘“During the first quarter of the financial year 2024, Afreximbank Group delivered a strong performance even as we expanded our subsidiary companies’ operations and our activities in the Caribbean.

“Looking ahead, we will continue to prioritise revenue and quality assets growth and operational efficiency, while ensuring capital adequacy and adequate liquidity levels are maintained. Focusing on these key areas will enhance the group’s ability to execute its strategy and initiatives as outlined in its sixth strategic plan.”

 

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