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Afreximbank delivers strong first quarter 2024 results, surpassing prior year’s performance and in line with expectations

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African Export-Import Bank (“Afreximbank” or the “Group”) (www.Afreximbank.com) 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%

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Afreximbank.

Media Contact:
Vincent Musumba
Manager, Media Relations
Email: press@afreximbank.com
Tel: +20 2 24564100 /1/2/3

About Afreximbank:
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution mandated to finance and promote intra-and extra-African trade. For 30 years, the Bank has been deploying innovative structures to deliver financing solutions that support the transformation of the structure of Africa’s trade, accelerating industrialization and intra-regional trade, thereby boosting economic expansion in Africa. A stalwart supporter of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), Afreximbank has launched a Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS) that was adopted by the African Union (AU) as the payment and settlement platform to underpin the implementation of the AfCFTA. Working with the AfCFTA Secretariat and the AU, the Bank is setting up a US$10 billion Adjustment Fund to support countries effectively participating in the AfCFTA. At the end of December 2023, Afreximbank’s total assets and guarantees stood at over US$37.3 billion, and its shareholder funds amounted to US$6.1 billion. The Bank disbursed more than US$104 billion between 2016 and 2023. Afreximbank has investment grade ratings assigned by GCR (international scale) (A), Moody’s (Baa1), Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCR) (A-) and Fitch (BBB). Afreximbank has evolved into a group entity comprising the Bank, its impact fund subsidiary called the Fund for Export Development Africa (FEDA), and its insurance management subsidiary, AfrexInsure (together, “the Group”). The Bank is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt.

For more information, visit: www.Afreximbank.com

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