Ecobank Transnational Inc. returns higher profit

Ade Ayeyemi

Ade Ayeyemi: Ecobank Group posts better performance in 2020 than in 2019

Ade Ayeyemi: Ecobank Group posts better performance in 2020 than in 2019
Ade Ayeyemi: Ecobank Group posts better performance in 2020 than in 2019

By Donald Ugwu/Abuja

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc (ETI) posted $201 million profit in 2020 compared with $184 million recorded in 2019.

Consolidated group net revenues also increased by four per cent to $1.68 billion (N693.82 billion).

Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank Group, Ade Ayeyemi, gave the report in a statement by the Group Head, Corporate Communications, Adenike Laoye, at the end of its AGM held in Lome, Togo on Thursday.

The statement was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday indicating that the bank adopted a virtual strategy for the Extraordinary AGM.

Ayeyemi said that the bank had invested and focused significantly in ‘Building Back Better’ to be positioned for long-term growth and sustainability.

“We will be driving our execution momentum agenda towards utilising these investments to deliver revenue expansion and the generation of long-term growth and return of capital for the company and its shareholders

“Shareholders lauded the Group’s progress in 2020 and how it rose to the challenging environment.

“Profit for the year at ETI, the holding company, was $201 million compared with $184 million in 2019.

“For the consolidated Group, net revenues increased four per cent to $1,680 million.

“The gradual shift from physical to digital channels among consumers accelerated with the pandemic, which has changed the way of working in so many ways.

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“With our technology investments over the years, we were prepared and ensured that we steadfastly provided our customers with 24/7 access to their financial services’ needs,” he said.

He said that all the resolutions presented at the AGM, were approved including the renewal of the mandates of Messrs Alain Nkontchou, Brian Kennedy and David O’Sullivan as directors for another three years.

According to him, shareholders also ratified the co-option of Mr Herve Assah, as Director for a term of three years ending on the third anniversary of his co-option as Director.

He said that the mandates of the Joint Auditors, Deloitte Nigeria, and Grant Thornton, Côte d’Ivoire for a term of six years were renewed, subject to the amendment of the Articles of Association of the Company.

The AGM was followed by an Extraordinary General Meeting at which Shareholders voted to amend the relevant section in the Company’s Articles of Association to only reflect the appointment of auditors by the Company in General Meeting.

Ecobank Group Chairman Nkontchou said that the bank was able to record the feat in spite of challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.

“We offered our support in numerous ways to customers, employees, communities, health authorities and governments.

“Through our multiple distribution channels and the substantial investments in technology, we were able to offer a seamless continuity of service.

“We are intent on growing our business and will remain at the forefront of trade, payments, remittances and financial inclusion by continually leveraging on technology and appropriate partnerships,” he said.

*The exchange rate used is at N412.99 to a dollar