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Access Bank crosses risky limit as Capital Adequacy Ratio hits 21 per cent

With liquidity ratio at 43 per cent after the implementation of risk management framework, Access Bank Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) currently stands at 21 per cent.

The CAR for banks in Nigeria stands at 10 percent and 15 percent for national or regional banks with international banking licence respectively. According to the stress test conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), three big banks have fallen below regulatory capital requirements.

Details of the bank’s result for the financial year ended December 31, 2016 showed stable assets quality with non-performing loans and cost of risk ratios at 2.1 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively.

Observers say low ratio demonstrates the effectiveness of the bank’s risk management culture and prudent approach to lending. Besides, the group delivered resilient performance in the year under review with overall results reflecting growth.

Access Bank had recorded total revenue of 381.3 billion and profit before tax of N90 billion, an increase of 13 per cent and 20 per cent respectively. Supporting this growth was a 32 per cent year on year increase in net interest income of N13. 1 billion, compared to N105. 4 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2015, demonstrating the sustainability of its core business.

The bank’s reported a non- interest growth of three per cent to N133 billion in 2016 financial year, compared to N129billion recorded in the same period of 2015, which was driven by strong increase in fees and commissions.

Making remarks on the results, the Managing Director of the bank, Herbert Wigwe, explained that the revenue rose across all operating sections with significant support from the retail business, posting N12billion in profit before tax and contributing 11 per cent to the group result.

The banking wizkid averred that the retail business also contributed 66 per cent growth in fees and commissions income ensuing from the increased adoption and utilization of e-channels and digital offerings.

“We grew deposits by 36 per cent year on year despite increasingly deposit market. Total deposits at year end of 2016 were N2.09 trillion, reflecting our resilient efforts at growing market share.