Ecobank Posts $90m PBT In Q1 2020, Records Improved Customer Digital Adoption

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Ecobank’s first quarter 2020, financial performance was not a surprise considering the volume and value transactions on the bank’s digital channels.

The lender posted a profit before tax, PBT of $90m, down 12 per cent on a reported basis, but up 27 per cent in constant currency, driven by positive operating leverag.

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Operating income (net revenue) of $393 million up 1 per cent on a reported basis and 14 per cent in constant currency.

Operating expenses of $259 million up 1 per cent on a reported basis and 6 per cent in constant currency.

Also Pre-impairment profit of $133 million, up 2 per cent on a reported basis and 34 per cent in constant currency, on positive operating leverage.

The Customer deposits of $16,103 million up 6 per cent  on a reported basis and 11 per cent in constant currency, Loans and advances to customers (net) of $8,788 million, up 2 per cent on a reported basis and 7 per cent in constant currency.

Commenting, Group CEO, Ade Ayeyemi, said: “Quarter 1, 2020 was the beginning of an unprecedented, uncharted and disturbing period for businesses, governments and individuals globally, owing to the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

” For us, as a bank, our focus is on making sure that we can meet the needs of our customers despite the pandemic, while also ensuring their wellbeing and safety as well as those of our employees.

” All our countries have successfully activated our business continuity plan in line with the needs of each local environment. Through our investment in technology over the years, working from home has been seamless and indeed a pretext to a possible new normal post COVID-19.”

“As the leading pan-African bank, Ecobank embraced the call to duty with a sense of urgency. With our knowledge of Africa and its intricacies in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, we have contributed about $3 million in the form of cash, healthcare equipment and supplies, in addition to mounting sustained and robust awareness campaigns, while we are also using our digital banking platforms to provide money to some of the most vulnerable members in our communities.”

Moreover, Ecobank’s customers have expectedly in their numbers adopted the digital/online channels to meet up with demands in the COVID-19 induced lockdowns, which also impacted positively on the bank’s 2020, first quarter financial report.

For instance the number and value of transactions grew by 8 per cent and 15 per cent to 4 million and $6.1billion, respectively, on Ecobank Omni+, Corporate and Investment Bank’s Corporate clients’ online banking platform in the first quarter of 2020.

Also OmniLite, Commercial Bank’s online banking platform designed specifically to meet the unique financial needs of SMEs increased number of transactions by 40,000 to 126,000, which amounted to $435 million.

According to the bank, Ecobank Pay,  payments platform grew by 61 per cent increase in merchant acquisition numbers to 195,000 merchants.

Similarly transaction numbers and value on Ecobank Mobile increased 72 per cent and 32 per cent to 9 million and $613 million,  respectively.

The Bank’s Africa RapidTransfer App, which facilitates low-cost money transfer across 33 African countries, transactions also increased as registered customers increased by 3,000 to 9,000 year on year.

In the same vein the number of XpressPoints, the bank’s physical agency network, grew by approximately 4,000 agents to 43,700, with the value of transactions reaching $445 million.