Access Bank Reports Net Loss of Over N23 billion In Six Months

Access Bank lost its net profit margin from 19.3 percent at half year in 2021 to 15 percent in the same period in 2022. Unlike last year when the bank generated 55 percent of full year profit in the second half, the second half isn’t that promising on profit this year on account of rising costs.

Some remedy came from net gains on financial instruments, which increased from a net loss of over N23 billion in the same period last year to over N64 billion at half year. Also, net gains on hedging turned around from a net loss of over N4 billion to over N11 billion over the same period.

The bank is paying an interim cash dividend of 20 kobo per share with a qualification date of 28th September and a payment date of 12th October 2022.

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The bank’s audited earnings report for half year ended June 2022 shows revenue standing even across the two quarters at roughly N296 billion per quarter and a strong year-on-year growth record of 31.3 percent.

It closed the half year operations with gross earnings of almost N592 billion, more than 62 percent of the closing revenue figure in 2021. With a stronger revenue expectation in the second half as per the bank’s earnings pattern, Access Bank shows good prospects for registering gross income in the region of N1.2 trillion at the end of 2022.

The bank took over the status of Nigeria’s largest revenue-generating commercial banking institution in 2019 and is presently steering the strongest growth in the top line since 2016.

The strength the bank is garnering in revenue growth is however missing on the profit front. After tax profit trimmed from N57.4 billion in the first quarter to N31.3 billion in the second, adding up to N88.7 billion at half year.

The inability to convert growing revenue into profit is explained by rising costs, which shrank margins. Leading cost increases are interest expenses, which rose close to three times ahead of interest earnings at half year.

At about N175 billion at the end of June, interest expenses grew by 46 percent year-on-year compared to 16 percent increase in interest income — which closed at N372 billion for the period. This is a slowdown both in interest expenses and income from 73 percent and 21 percent respectively in the first quarter.

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