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FBN HOLDINGS PLC. REPORTS GROSS

FBN Holdings Plc. (“FBNH” or “FBNHoldings” or the “Group”) today announces its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2018.

Income Statement
• Gross earnings of N293.3 billion, up 1.6% year-on-year (y-o-y) (Jun 2017: N288.8 billion)
• Net-interest income of N149.6 billion, down 8.8% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N164.1 billion)
• Non-interest income of N61.3 billion, up 21.4% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N50.5 billion)
• Operating income of N210.9 billion, down 1.6% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N214.4 billion)
• Impairment charge for credit losses of N52.8 billion, down 15.4% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N62.4 billion)
• Operating expenses of N119.3 billion, up 2.3% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N116.6 billion)
• Profit before tax of N38.9 billion, up 9.1% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N35.6 billion)
• Profit after tax N33.5 billion, up 13.7% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N29.5 billion)

Statement of Financial Position
• Total assets of N5.3 trillion, up 1.3% year-to-date (y-t-d) (Dec 2017: N5.2 trillion)
• Customer deposits of N3.3 trillion, up 4.1% y-t-d (Dec 2017: N3.1 trillion)
• Customer loans and advances (net) of N1.9 trillion, down 7.1% y-t-d (Dec 2017: N2.0 trillion)

Key Ratios
• Post-tax return on average equity of 10.0% (Jun 2017: 9.9%) ,
• Post-tax return on average assets of 1.3% (Jun 2017: 1.2%)
• Net-interest margin of 7.1% (Jun 2017: 8.5%)
• Cost to income ratio of 56.5% (Jun 2017: 54.4%)
• NPL ratio of 20.8% (Jun 2017: 22.0%)
• 55.0% liquidity ratio (FirstBank (Nigeria)) (Jun 2017: 50.4%; Dec 2017: 51.1%)
• 18.1% Basel 2 capital adequacy ratio (FirstBank (Nigeria)) (Jun 2017: 17.6%, Dec 2017: 17.7%)
• 12.6% Basel 2 CAR (FBNQuest Merchant Bank) (Jun 2017: 26.7%, Dec 2017: 15.7%)

Notable Developments
• FirstBank indicated its intention to call the 8.25% US$300million FBN Finance Company B.V. Subordinated callable note due in 2020
• FirstBank opened a digital laboratory as part of its strategy to drive innovation in the digital banking space
• FirstBank commissions a strong initiative to implement enterprise-wide Customer Relationship Management solution to drive service excellence and improve customer experience

 

Selected Financial Summary
Income statement
(Nbillion) H1
2018 H1
2017 ∆% Key Ratios % H1
2018 H1
2017
Gross earnings 293.3 288.8 1.6 Post-tax return on average equity 10.0 9.9
Interest income 225.4 232.4 -3.0 Post-tax return on average assets 1.3 1.2
Net-interest income 149.6 164.1 -8.8 Earnings yield 10.7 12.1
Non-interest income 61.3 50.5 21.4 Net-interest margin 7.1 8.5
Operating Income 210.9 214.4 -1.6 Cost of funds 3.5 3.5
Impairment charge for credit losses 52.8 62.4 -15.4 Cost to income 56.5 54.4
Operating expenses 119.3 116.6 2.3 Gross loans to deposits 67.0 74.5
Profit before tax 38.9 35.6 9.1 Liquidity (FirstBank(Nigeria)) 55.0 50.4
Profit after tax 33.5 29.5 13.7 Capital adequacy (FirstBank (Nigeria)) 18.1 17.6
Basic EPS (kobo) 187 164 13.7 Capital adequacy
(FBN Merchant Bank)11 12.6 26.7
Statement of Financial Position NPL/Gross Loans 20.8 22.0
(Nbillion) H1
2018 FY
2017 ∆% NPL coverage 82.3 52.7
Total assets 5,306.5 5,236.5 1.3 PPOP /impairment charge (times) 1.7 1.6
Customer loans & advances (Net) 1,858.2 2,001.2 -7.1 Cost of risk 4.7 5.4
Customer deposits 3,270.7 3,143.3 4.1 Leverage (times) 8.1 8.0
Non-performing loans 455.8 520.0 -12.4 BVPS 18.4 17.0
Shareholders’ funds 660.2 678.2 -2.7

Commenting on the results, UK Eke, the Group Managing Director said:

“FBNHoldings continues to make steady progress towards delivering on its strategic targets. This has been demonstrated with a 13.7% y-o-y increase in profit after tax, 21.4% y-o-y growth in non-interest and 15.4% y-o-y decline in impairment charge. Clearly, the Group is on its way to delivering its promises on asset quality, enhancing revenue generating capacity through non-interest income and driving further efficiencies.”

As we ramp up initiatives to grow interest income, we remain focused on the implementation of key initiatives across our subsidiaries and further strengthen our businesses towards delivering sustainable performance as well as optimising returns to our shareholders.”

Business Groups :

Commercial Banking
• Gross earnings of N264.7 billion, up 1.4% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N261.0 billion)
• Net interest income of N140.8 billion, down 9.8% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N156.0 billion)
• Non-interest income of N49.6 billion, up 28.5% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N38.6 billion)
• Operating expenses of N105.3 billion, up 0.9% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N104.4 billion)
• Profit before tax of N32.3 billion, up 16.2% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N27.8 billion)
• Profit after tax of N28.3 billion, up 22.7% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N23.0 billion)
• Total assets of N5.1 trillion, up 0.9% y-t-d (Dec 2017: N5.0 trillion)
• Customers’ loans and advances (net) of N1.9 trillion, down 7.2% y-t-d (Dec 2017: N2.0 trillion)
• Customers’ deposits of N3.2 trillion, up 3.5% y-t-d (Dec 2017: N3.1 trillion)

The Commercial Banking business contributed 90.2% (Jun 2017: 90.3%) to the Group’s gross earnings and 84.0% (Jun 2017: 78.3%) to the Group’s profit before tax.

Commenting on the results Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, the MD/CEO of FirstBank and its Subsidiaries said:

“The Commercial Banking Group reported a relatively strong set of results and I am pleased to report consistent improvement towards our strategic objectives. This is reflected in a strong 28.5% y-o-y increase in non-interest income, 15.5% y-o-y reduction in the impairment charge and a marginal increase of 0.9% y-o-y in operating expenses, despite the high inflationary environment. It is clear that our efforts to enhance our revenue generating capabilities, strengthen the risk management and control environment as well as to optimise efficiencies within our business are paying off.”

“We remain focused on maximizing the potential of our business, innovating to expand access to new markets and increasing the contribution of our international subsidiaries, using technology as a key enabler. We expect further improvements in the coming periods, from growth in the quality and yields of the loan book to enhanced remediation efforts, service delivery excellence and the risk and control environment. I am confident in the capacity of our business to deliver the expected results.”

Merchant Banking & Asset Management (MBAM) / FBNQuest
• Gross earnings of N18.5 billion, down 2.8% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N19.0 billion)
• Profit before tax of N3.7 billion, down 38.1% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N6.0 billion)
• Total assets of N220.8 billion, up 1.8% y-t-d (Dec 2017: N216.9 billion)

The Merchant Banking and Asset Management business contributed 6.3% (Jun 2017: 6.6%) to the Group’s gross earnings and 11.1% (Jun 2017: 17.5%) to the Group’s profit before tax.

Insurance
• Gross earnings of N10.1 billion, up 24.6% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N8.1 billion)
• Profit before tax of N3.4 billion, up 43.6% y-o-y (Jun 2017: N2.4 billion)
• Total assets of N63.8 billion, up 25.0% y-t-d (Dec 2017: N51.1 billion)

The insurance business contributed 3.2% (Jun 2017: 2.8%) to gross earnings of the Group and 7.4% (Jun 2017: 6.5%) to profit before tax.

– ENDS –
Conference call
FBNHoldings will host a question and answer teleconference call with analysts and investors on the unaudited results for the six months 30 June 2018 on Monday 30 July 2018 at 3:00pm UK / 3:00pm Lagos / 10:00am New York / 4:00pm Johannesburg & Cape Town.
The teleconference call facility can be accessed by dialing:

+234 1 277 2430 (Nigeria); 0800 358 6377 or +44 (0)330 336 9128 (United Kingdom); +1 888 599 8686 or +1 323 994 2093 (United States); and 0800 998 654 or +27 11 844 6054 (South Africa).
and then entering the following confirmation code: 8528539#
Participants are advised to register for the call at least five minutes before the start of the call. For those who are unable to listen to the live call, a recording will be posted on the Company’s website. Replay facilities are also available for a week after the call by dialing:
0808 101 1153 or +44 20 7660 0134 (United Kingdom); +1 719 457 0820 or +1 888 203 1112 (United States); 0800 980 995 or +27 11 062 3065 (South Africa)
and then entering the following code: 8528539#
An investor presentation will be available ahead of the call on the FBNHoldings website.
Click here to access the presentation.
The document below is also available on our website https://www.fbnholdings.com/investor-relations/
• H1 2018 financial statements (unaudited) Click here

For further information please contact:
Tolulope Oluwole (Head, Investor Relations) +234 1 905 2720
Tolulope.o.oluwole@fbnholdings.com

 

 

 

 

 

FBN Holdings Plc.

FBN Holdings Plc.

FBN Holdings Plc.

– Notes to Editors –
FBN Holdings Plc. (ISIN: NGFBNH000009) is the most diversified financial services group in Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc. was incorporated in Nigeria on 14 October 2010, following the business reorganisation of the FirstBank Group into a holding company structure. The Company was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the ‘Other Financial services’ sector on 26 November 2012 and now has in issue and fully paid-up share capital of 35,895,292,792 ordinary shares of 50 kobo each (N17,947,646,396). More information can be found on our website www.fbnholdings.com.

The subsidiaries of FBNHoldings offer a broad range of products and services across commercial banking in 10 countries (Lagos, Nigeria; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Beijing, China; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Accra, Ghana; Banjul, Gambia, Conakry, Guinea, Freetown, Sierra Leone and Dakar, Senegal), merchant banking and asset management as well as insurance. The Group, with about 8,679 staff, has 889 business locations (615 local branches, 143 QSPs and agencies for FirstBank (Nigeria) and 131 (local and international) subsidiary locations). FBN Holdings Plc. is structured essentially under three business groups, namely: Commercial Banking, Merchant Banking and Asset Management as well as Insurance.

Commercial Banking comprises First Bank of Nigeria Limited, FBNBank (UK), FBNBank DRC , bank subsidiaries in West Africa , a representative office in Beijing, a branch office in Paris as well as First Pension Fund Custodian. This group provides both individual and corporate clients/ customers with financial intermediation services. This business segment includes the group’s local, international and representative offices with operations in 10 countries offering commercial banking services.

Merchant Banking & Asset Management comprises FBNQuest Merchant Bank group and FBNQuest Capital group. Both FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited and FBNQuest Capital Limited are wholly owned by the holding company. The FBN Merchant Bank group comprises FBN Merchant Bank and its subsidiaries FBN Securities Limited and FBN Capital Asset Management Limited. The FBN Capital group comprises FBN Capital Limited and its subsidiaries FBN Trustees Limited, FBN Funds Limited and FBN Capital Partners Limited. The group creates value by providing advice, finance, trading, investing and securing services to large institutions (corporations and government agencies) and individuals.

Insurance comprises FBN Insurance Limited and FBN General Insurance Limited (both owned by FBNHoldings 65% and Sanlam 35%) as well as FBN Insurance Brokers (100% owned subsidiary). The business group offers Life and General insurance services as well as insurance brokerage services.

Cautionary note regarding forward looking statements
This release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management’s expectations regarding the Group’s future growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities. Wherever possible, words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expects”, “intend”, “estimate”, “project”, “target”, “risks”, “goals” and similar terms and phrases have been used to identify the forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to the Group’s management. Certain material factors or assumptions have been applied in drawing the conclusions contained in the forward-looking statements. These factors or assumptions are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally. Forward-looking statements therefore speak only as of the date they are made.

FBNHoldings cautions readers that a number of factors could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results discussed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors should be considered carefully and undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements. For additional information with respect to certain risks or factors, reference should be made to the Group’s continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The Group disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

 

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UBA Hinges Future Performance on Cost Efficiency, Improved Asset Quality

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Pan African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has assured its local and international investors that it’s prudent focus on improved asset quality as well as the continuous adoption of strict cost efficient measures will help the bank achieve its objectives and priorities for the 2019 financial year and beyond.

This the bank has said will culminate into an institution with even stronger indices laced  with the capacity to churn out strong double-digit growth in annuity-based trade services, enhanced offerings and improved customer service.

Already, the bank has instituted a number of enhanced risk management and control framework which have in no small measure contributed to its financial performances and overall balance sheet growth over the years.

The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, who noted this in a submission while presenting the bank’s 2018 full year results during an international investor/ analysts conference call on Thursday, explained that UBA’s well diversified asset book supported by stable funding structure, placed it in a premium position to perform remarkably despite the falling economic indices in its operating environment.

He said, “In spite of slow recovery in economic activities in Nigeria (our single largest market), the Group’s total assets has grown by 19.7%, driven largely by a strong deposit growth of 23%, as the drive for retail deposits continue to yield desired results. Leveraging on enhanced customer service, the Group grew retail deposits by 48%, thus strengthening the funding base and providing the foundation for lower cost of funds in 2019.

“Notably, the growth in balance sheet also partly reflects the impact of exchange rate difference between the reporting dates (2017: N331/USD vs. 2018: N359/USD), as 37% of loans and 27% of overall balance sheet is FCY-denominated. The Group maintained its appetite for a well-diversified balance sheet, with over 60% in liquid, low risk instruments.”

Uzoka explained to the investors that the bank recorded impressive growths achieved across major financial lines, recording a 48 percent year-on-year growth in retail deposits and improved CASA ratio to 77 percent.

In its results for the year end December 2018, UBA gross earnings grew by 7.0 percent to N494.0 billion, compared to N461.6 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2017. The Bank’s total assets also grew significantly by 19.7 percent to an unprecedented N4.9 trillion for the year under review

Throwing more light on the financials, he stated that gross earnings grew by 7% year-on-year, despite regulation and market conditions undermined the non-interest income line. Interest income, which contributed 73% of gross earnings, grew by 11%, driven by strong interest income on treasuries, reflecting the low-risk appetite and treasury-led strategy adopted during the year. He noted that the lower non-interest income was occasioned by market condition and regulatory impact on FX trading income, adding that growing volume on FX trading is compensating for lower margin on this business, thus reinforcing our positive growth expectation on this income line in 2019.

While speaking on the strength of the financial institution in the coming years, especially on the back of it’s African and non-African subsidiaries, Uzoka said the bank’s recent foray into key markets and economies remain a milestone that will catapult the institution in the coming years.

He said, “UBA is a unique pan-African franchise with diversified risk and earnings across fast growing African economies with sound governance, risk management and compliance culture which can be seen from our adherence to international best practice. Our robust digital banking platform through which we are leveraging technology to serve over 15 million customers in a cost efficient approach that has helped to deepen African banking penetration.

“We have the strong financial capacity backed by high capitalization (BASEL II capital ratio well above requirement) and strong liquidity, and we have worked hard towards connecting Africa and the world through our presence in key African markets and major global financial centres such as New York, London and Paris.”

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Shareholders laud Transcorp Hotels Plc for Impressive performance, approve 15k per share as dividend

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The Shareholders of Africa’s leading hospitality brand, Transcorp Hotels Plc, have extolled the Company for its impressive financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018. The congratulatory remarks were made at the Company’s 5th Annual General Meeting, which took place at the Congress Hall of the iconic Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Following the company’s 26% increase in turnover, the Shareholders have unanimously endorsed a final dividend of ₦1.14bn for the 2018 financial year.  The final dividend translated to 15kobo per ordinary share, which is a 20% improvement over the 12kobo per ordinary share for 2017.

Speaking on the Company’s growth milestones, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Emmanuel N. Nnorom said “Transcorp Hotels Plc has exceeded the bar with an impressive turnover of ₦17.4billion from ₦13.8billion recorded in 2017, representing an improvement of 26%. This is an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Company. It is a further demonstration of our ability to adapt quickly to a changing business environment while keeping pace with global best standards in hospitality.”  The Chairman also thanked the Shareholders for their continued support and faith in the Board and Management of the Company.

Commending the company for its overall performance, Patrick Ajudua, President, New Dimension Shareholders Association said that Transcorp Hotels Plc is an embodiment of what privatisation in Nigeria should be. He further stated that good Corporate Governance and the presence of a focused Management team who are concerned with giving returns to shareholders are some underlying factors behind the company’s continued success.

The Managing Director/CEO, Mrs. Owen Omogiafo reiterated the company’s commitment to quality and global standard customer experience, drawing on the varied international awards conferred on the Company. She said “We are redefining the hospitality landscape in Africa and positioning our continent as a preferred destination for local and international tourists. Our numerous awards and recognition are proof of this.”

On the prospects for 2019, Mrs. Omogiafo noted that “Transcorp Hotels will continue to leverage on its unique value proposition and proven strategies to exceed 2018 performance.”  She further said that growth and efficiency underpinned by a strong culture of service excellence and cost optimization will drive the company.

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r-l: Chairman, Transcorp Hotels Plc, Mr. Emanuel Nnorom; Managing Director/CEO, Mrs Owen Omogiafo; and Executive Director, Ms Okaima Ohizua; at the 5th Annual General Meeting of the company held at Transcorp Hilton Hotels Abuja on Friday

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R-L: Executive Director, Transcorp Hotels Plc, Ms Okaima Ohizua; Managing Director/CEO, Mrs Owen Omogiafo; Chairman, Mr. Emanuel Nnorom; Company Secretary, Ms Helen Iwuchukwu; and Director/President of Transcorp Plc, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, at the 5th Annual General Meeting of the company held at Transcorp Hilton Hotels Abuja on Friday

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r-l: Chairman, Transcorp Hotels Plc, Mr. Emanuel Nnorom; Managing Director/CEO, Mrs Owen Omogiafo; and Executive Director, Ms Okaima Ohizua; at the 5th Annual General Meeting of the company held at Transcorp Hilton Hotels Abuja on Friday

 

 

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FIRSTBANK MARCHES ON, BRINGS THE WORLD TO A STANDSTILL

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Nigeria’s Premier financial institution and iconic banking Brand, First Bank of Nigeria Limited had the world stand still on Friday, 1 March 2019, as it held its symbolic flag hoisting ceremony across Nigeria and other countries where it does business. The celebratory flag hoisting officially flags off the bank’s commemoration of attaining the milestone year of 125.

The event was also to reinforce the Bank’s continuous march to greatness; a march that exemplifies tenacity, doggedness, viability, socio-economic impact and commitment across the length and breadth of Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy.

The flag hoisting ceremony was held in honour of the Bank’s illustrious journey that started 125 years ago, a journey that encompasses more than half a dozen nations across Africa, Europe and Asia; notably Ghana, DR Congo, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, China, UK and France.

The distinctively designed anniversary flag comprised the Bank’s iconic logo – the elephant head in the yellow gold dynamic shape; the figure 125 written in The Dreamer Font with the number “5” chipped out of an elephant tusk; the weaving needle; the embroidered fabrics from different cultures – Yoruba Adire, Tiv Lishi, Ghana Kente, the Scottish kilt to illustrate the diversity of a brand that transcends beyond borders and across Continents.

In the course of the event, the symbolic flag was presented to the Oba of Lagos, his Royal Highness, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, in recognition of his traditional leadership of Lagos, the State where the journey began 125 years ago; the Chief of Naval Staff, represented by Rear Admiral Adebari, in recognition of the movement across the waters by the Bank’s founders from the United Kingdom; the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Mr Adebisi Shonubi represented by Director of Banking Operations, Dipo Fatokun as the event is not just about FirstBank but to pride the industry as one that has impacted the Nation through a century and a quarter years and lastly, the Chief Executive Officer, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar N. Onyema, signifying the Bank as the oldest listed company.

In the welcome address delivered by the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, he noted that the flag symbolises the identity, impact, permanence and reverence of a long-standing institution which predates Nigeria as a unified entity and added that FirstBank is entrenched in the nation’s development; woven into the very fabric of society, with the Bank’s involvement in every stage of national growth and development.

Reinforcing the Bank’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, whilst forging ahead into the future, across its business location, Adeduntan said “Supporting our host communities to promote sustainable development and of course, putting You First, in all our business activities are some of the many secrets of our long existence. We are now building for the next 125 years and beyond; purposefully blazing the trail in our industry and ensuring that we maintain our leadership position.

Expressing his goodwill message to the Bank, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Oscar N. Onyema OON buttressed the Bank’s impact on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He said “FirstBank is one of the very first companies to be listed on the Exchange and they have become a bellwether for us when you look at the Banking industry.

In addition Onyema identified the leadership role by the Bank in the NSE stating that “They have also produced a number of Presidents of the Council of the Exchange; from Oba Otudeko to Asabia and other captains of industry that FirstBank has offered to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Also speaking, Mr Adebisi Shonubi, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, represented by Director of banking operations, Dipo Fatokun lauded the bank for its achievement in the development of the financial sector and Nigeria as a whole.

Shonubi said that the history of the Central Bank of Nigeria cannot be written without the name of the Bank, FirstBank, lettered in gold, as the Bank has impacted the nation at large.

Other eminent personalities and dignitaries at the event include the former Managing Director of FirstBank and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Joseph Sanusi; immediate past Managing Director of the Bank, Mr. Bisi Onasanya; Former Nigerian Minister of Industry and former President of the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Nike Akande and former Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology, Dr Omobola Johnson.

Horse guards parade by the Nigeria Police were at the venue to add to the glitz and glamour of the event as well the military band who were on ground to provide music throughout the event, thereby instilling the Bank’s resolve to foster its support to customers, Nigeria and other locations across Continents where the Bank operates.

The anniversary flag and flag of countries where the Bank does business were hoisted at the Bank’s headquarters to represent the nations, peoples and the diversity the Bank represents.

The 125 anniversary celebration will continue all through the month of March and through the year with other activities which include the Bell Ringing at the Nigerian Stock Exchange; a religious thanks-giving to be held in churches and mosques across Continents and locations of its business activities; the Anniversary Lecture; the Anniversary Gala Dinner & Command drama Performance by the famed Bola Austen Peters group among others. Staff and customers of the bank will also have the opportunity to participate in the milestone ceremony with donations and volunteering efforts as part of the bank’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability initiative, SPARK (Spreading Acts of Random Kindness)

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