Agusto & Co Confirms Stable Financial Outlook For Wema Bank

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Agusto and Co has confirmed the Stable Financial Outlook for Wema Bank, following its strong 2023 financial performance,

Wema Bank is the pioneer of Africa’s first fully digital bank, ALAT, while Agusto & Co is a Pan-African credit rating agency and provider of industry research and knowledge in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The bank received an upgraded rating from Agusto and Co, validating the bank as Bbb+ rated with an ESG Score of 2 and confirming a stable outlook for the Bank.

By upgrading Wema Bank’s rating from BBB to BBB+, Agusto has confirmed that Wema Bank is of stable financial standing and more equipped than ever to keep fulfilling its duties as a commercial bank with National authorisation.

This development is unsurprising as Wema Bank’s financial strength is reflected in the Bank’s FY 2023 Audited Financial Report. Among the outstanding results achieved by Wema Bank was a 196 per cent increase in Profit Before Tax (PBT) from N14.75bn to N43.59bn translating to higher pre-tax return on average equity (ROE) and pre-tax return on average assets (ROA) from 21.5 per cent to 43.9 per cent and 1 per cent to 2.1 per cent respectively.

The Bank also recorded a 220.4 per cent increase in Profit After Tax (PAT) from N11.21bn to N33.66bn, 70.63 per cent increase in Gross Earnings from N132.30bn to N225.75, 53.64 per cent increase in Loans disbursed from N521.43bn to N801.10bn, a reduction in cost-to-income ratio (CIR) from 80.1 per cent to 64.4 per cent due to significant earnings growth despite economic fluctuations and 220.53 per cent increase in Earnings per share from N87.2 to N279.5, among other indices.

According to Agusto and Co, “The upgrade of Wema Bank’s rating to Bbb+ is underpinned by improved profitability despite macroeconomic headwinds, lower impaired loan ratio, better deposit mix, strong shareholders’ support as reflected in the successful rights issue exercise and perpetual bond issuance.

We have also attached an ESG score of ‘2’, reflecting our view that environmental, social, and governance issues have a minimal impact on Wema Bank’s rating”.

Affirming the bank’s commitment to providing stakeholders with optimum returns, Wema Bank’s MD/CEO, Moruf Oseni expressed the bank’s gratitude to Agusto & Co for acknowledging the strong progress made by the bank.

“Wema Bank is on a journey to the top and we are driven by a commitment to delivering exceptional value, exceeding expectations, and providing optimum returns to every stakeholder—shareholders, customers, employees, and partners alike. It is this commitment that has reflected positively in our numbers and will propel our growth over the next decade,” he pointed out.

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