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Stanbic Bank posts 210% jump in annual profit

Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe (Stanbic) says profit after tax grew 210 percent to ZW$744 billion for the year ended December 2023 sustained by increased demand for funding from customers.

Stanbic Bank Chief Executive, Solomon Nyanhongo said inflation adjusted net interest income closed the period at ZW$ 429 billion, exceeding prior period income of ZW$ 299 billion by 44 percent.

“This growth was largely spurred by the increased demand for both foreign currency and local currency funding by our customers. This in turn saw new lending assets in both foreign and local currency being written during the period,” said Nyanhongo.

He said during the year under review, demand for foreign currency loans was elevated, supported by the continued migration of business operations from local to foreign currency.

Fees and commission income improved by 171 percent to ZW$ 471 billion up from ZW$ 174 billion.

Nyanhongo attributed the growth in the bank’s inflation adjusted fee and commission income to the uplift in its foreign currency denominated commission.

He said increased volumes of foreign currency denominated transactions were processed on the bank’s various service channels during the year 2023 as business operations had shifted significantly from local to foreign currency owing to the depreciation of the ZWL currency against the USD.

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“In addition, new customers were acquired during the period supported by an improvement in customer transactability as the usage of foreign currency in the market increased. A net release of ZW$50 billion was recorded in expected credit loss allowances during the year, improving from a net raise of ZW$ 55 billion in the previous period,” said Nyanhongo.

He said the release in expected credit loss allowances was largely driven by the improvement in the quality of Stanbic’s lending book following the February 2023 interest rate reduction from 200 percent to 150 percent.

This saw some customers settling the previously reported loan arrears thereby contributing to a reduction in the value of stage 2 facilities on which lifetime impairments are recognized.

Nyanhongo said the Bank’s customer deposit base grew by 90 percent in real terms from ZW$1.7 trillion in 2022 to ZW$3.3 trillion largely boosted by growth in both foreign currency and local currency deposits as new customers were acquired combined with an increase in wallet share on existing customers.

“The Bank continues to drive value chain support including funding of out-growers in the agriculture sector particularly in tobacco, dairy production, and horticulture to improve both food security and foreign currency generation in the country,” said Nyanhongo. He acknowledged the support of the bank’s clients.

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“My sincere gratitude goes to our esteemed customers for their relentless support and commitment which has contributed immensely to the success of the Bank,” said Nyanhongo.

The bank ended the year with a qualifying core capital of ZW$ 912.8 billion up from ZW$ 83.5 billion in 2022, which is equivalent to US$ 149.5 million against the regulatory minimum in the local currency equivalent of US$ 30 million.

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