ECONOMIC TEAM

Whilst we seek opportunities for growth, we remain focused on sustaining the quality of our balance sheet. We grew the loan book by a modest N13 billion or USD65 million in the quarter and maintained our decent asset quality metrics – 1.7% NPL ratio and 0.4% cost of risk. As we look forward to the 2016 budget implementation in Nigeria (being our single largest market), we expect improved economic activities and business opportunities in the quarters ahead. We remain committed to creating superior and sustainable value for our shareholders, as we leverage our unique Pan-African platform in gaining a fair share of our target markets.”..

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“Our performance in the first three months of the year reflects the efficiency gains from operations and sales. We effectively balanced our growth appetite with profitability, thus creating value as we serve our esteemed customers. Year-to-date, we achieved a 40bps improvement in net interest margin (NIM), as we recorded a notable 50bps moderation in funding cost to 3.5%. It is my pleasure to report that low cost savings and current accounts now represent 80% of our deposit funding. Even as Nigeria’s headline inflation rose to 12.8% in the period, we diligently focused on our cost efficiency initiatives to achieve a 1.2% YoY decline in operating expenses. Overall, we finished the quarter with a 64% cost-to-income ratio, which is broadly in line with our sub-65% target for the year. .

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