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Afreximbank Reports Strong Q1 2024, Outperforms 2023

African Export-Import Bank (“Afreximbank” or the “Group”) has released the consolidated financial statements of the Bank and its subsidiaries for the three months ended 31 March 2024.

The Group’s results for the period demonstrates yet again great resilience in the face of challenging geopolitical and macro-economic conditions. The results show year-on-year growth and an increase in shareholder value.

Net Interest Income for Q1 2024 grew by 31.73% to US$393.4 million, compared to US$298.6 million for the prior year’s comparative period (Q1 2023). 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 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, commented:

“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, 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.”

He added, “The implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) strongly supported by a robust payments and settlement system like PAPSS, is poised to strengthen the continent’s economic resilience by providing a shield against volatility on the international scene. Consequently, Africa is projected to sustain its resilience in 2024 and attain a growth rate of approximately 4 percent. We look forward to the rest of the year with confidence.”

Highlights of the results for the Group are shown below:

Financial Performance Metrics
 
Q1-2024
 
Q1-2023
 
Gross Income (US$ billion)
 
753.80
 
547.92
 
Operating Income (US$ billion)
 
423.52
 
329.91
 
Net Income (US$ million)
 
178.65
 
171.13
 
Return on average equity (ROAE)
 
11.51%
 
12.89%
 
Return on average assets (ROAA)
 
2.19%
 
2.54%
 
Net interest margin
 
4.82%
 
4.40%
 
Cost-to-income ratio
 
14.50%
 
16.82%
 
   
Financial Position Metrics
 
Q1-2024
 
FY2023
 
Total Assets (US$ billion)
 
32.82
 
33.47
 
Total Liabilities (US$ billion)
 
26.52
 
27.35
 
Shareholders’ Funds (US$ billion)
 
6.30
 
6.12
 
Net asset value per share (Bank)
 
US$ 65,495
 
US$63,858
 
Non-performing loans ratio (NPL)
 
2.72%
 
2.47%
 
Cash/Total assets
 
14.89%
 
16.80%
 
Capital Adequacy ratio (Basel II)
 
22.94%
 
23.77%
 
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