Shareholders are are engrossed in appreciation after Access Holdings Plc 2022 financial results showed a strong growth across revenue lines.
The extraordinary performance is coming despite the strong macroeconomic headwinds locally and internationally.
The Group registered a record revenue of ₦ 1.4 trillion a 43 per cent year on year growth over 2021 ₦971.9 revenue as the group begin to see the dividends of organic and inorganic activities across the ecosystem.
Access Holdings Plc recorded a Profit Before Tax of ₦167.7 billion, 5 per cent y/y decline when compared to 202121 figure of ₦ 176.6bn following huge write downs from the Ghana sovereign debt crisis.
Overall, Interest Income grew 37% y/y to ₦827billion, driven by a strong loan book growth despite the high inflationary environment. Net loans & advances to customers grew by 25% across the Banking group, with a deliberate focus on credit disbursement to critical segments and growth sectors of the economy. We also saw good growth across the Subsidiaries, in particular the UK (up 36% to N1.1trillion in 2022).
Access Holdings Plc ended the year with over 58 million customers across the extensive network of subsidiaries and business verticals.
The company’s asset base grew to ₦15.0 trillion and customer deposits to ₦9.25 trillion, with CASA mix up by 5%, to 63% as a result of leveraging innovation, digital technology and financial inclusion to mobilise sustainable low-cost deposits. In the second half of 2022, Access Holdings Plc completed the divestment from Pensions Custodian business and acquired significant shareholding in First Guarantee Pensions Ltd & Sigma Pensions Ltd to form Access Pensions Ltd.
This combination resulted in the creation of the 4th largest PFA in Nigeria, with Asset under Management of ₦0.9trilion, putting us clearly in the league of strategic players in the Pensions industry.
The Group Payment business went live with the Switching business in Q3 2022, while the other areas of the business will become fully operational from Q2 2023. The overall business outlook for 2023 remains stream.