Afreximbank delivers exceptional financial results in 2023 amidst a challenging operating environment, results well ahead of expectations.

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Afreximbank delivers exceptional financial results in 2023 amidst a challenging operating environment, results well ahead of expectations.

Cairo, 05 April 2024: – African Export-Import Bank (“Afreximbank” or the “Group”) has released the consolidated financial statements of the Bank and its subsidiaries for the year ended 31 December 2023.

Largely propelled by the Bank’s and its subsidiaries’ growth, the Group’s results for the financial year ended 31 December 2023 demonstrate a strong and resilient performance, surpassing prior year results and well ahead of expectations. The Bank remained steadfast in implementing its 6th Strategic Plan and delivering value to stakeholders, and this resulted in the Group ending the year, once again, achieving a solid performance and attaining an exceptional financial position.

It is noteworthy that this performance has been enhanced by the Group’s ability to successfully execute its four strategic pillars focused on “Promoting Intra-African Trade,” “Facilitating Industrialization and Export Development,” “Strengthening Trade Finance Leadership” and “Improving Financial Performance and Soundness”.

Net interest income reached US$1.4 billion at the end of the 2023 financial year, compared to US$910.3 million in 2022. The 58.67% increase was driven by the growth in interest income, which in turn was driven primarily by the growth in the Bank’s portfolio of loans and advances. Net Interest Margin grew to 4.96% compared to the prior year’s level of 3.83%.

Due to global inflationary pressures and investment in human capital to support increased business activities, the Group’s total operating expenses were US$304.5 million, 34.93% higher than in 2022. The capacity expansion and rise in expenditures were envisaged in the five-year Sixth Strategic Plan, which is currently under implementation until December 2026.

The Group’s Total assets grew by 20.12% to US$33.5 billion (FY2022: US$27.9 billion), largely on account of increases in net loans and advances to customers and cash and cash equivalents.

The Group Shareholders’ funds, which largely mirrored the Bank’s Shareholders’ funds, recorded a solid growth of 17.55% to reach US$6.1 billion as of December 31, 2023, compared to the FY’2022 position of US$5.2 billion. Accounting for this growth were the US$546.8 million retained income (which is net of appropriated 2022 dividends) and the US$349.8 million fresh equity raised during the year as shareholders supported the GCI II programme, which aims to raise US$2.6 billion paid-in-capital (US$3.9 billion callable capital) by 2026.

Mr. Denys Denya, Afreximbank’s Senior Executive Vice President, commented:

“During the 2023 financial year, the Afreximbank Group exceeded the budget and significantly surpassed its 2022 performance. This outcome was mainly driven by the Bank’s and its subsidiaries’ achievements. Our focus is steadfast on fueling industrial growth, boosting trade within Africa, and promoting exports with added value, which are crucial for the continent’s prosperity. We will continue to maintain a cautious balance between profitability, liquidity, and safety to ensure a decent net interest margin and deliver profitable and sustainable growth and quality assets. We are delighted to report results well above forecasts for the financial year ended 31 December 2023, and look forward to delivering stronger financial outcomes in 2024.”

In 2023, the Bank was ranked number one in all three categories in the Bloomberg Capital Markets League Tables Report for African Capital Markets – number one Mandated Lead Arranger, Bookrunner and Administrative Agent for Sub-Saharan Borrower Loans. This is a testament to the Bank’s leadership role in facilitating capital from within and outside the continent.

 Additionally, its subsidiary, the Fund for Export Development in Africa (FEDA), received multilateral support from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Congo, Chad, Gabon, Sierra Leone, and São Tomé and Príncipe, who officially signed the FEDA Establishment Agreement. This collective support is pivotal in the Bank’s mission to provide lasting financial support to African economies.

The Bank also celebrated a key milestone — its 30th anniversary, marking three decades of financing and supporting trade in Africa and highlighting the need for Africa to enhance intra-African trade and integration amidst the challenges stemming from the global shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the adverse economic ramifications of the Ukraine crisis, and other global conflicts.

Moreover, the Bank inaugurated its Afreximbank Caribbean Office, a pivotal step in supporting the implementation of the Partnership Agreement between Afreximbank and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. This expansion solidifies Afreximbank’s commitment to promote and develop trade between Africa and the Caribbean, aligning with its Diaspora Strategy and the African Union’s designation of the African Diaspora as Africa’s sixth region.

Despite Africa’s economic challenges and constraints, Afreximbank’s management and team demonstrated a focus on supporting member countries by offering customized programmes and facilities designed to address the continent’s distinctive needs. These efforts and interventions assisted member countries in meeting trade finance commitments, assessing crucial imports, boosting food security and commodity production, alleviating supply chain bottlenecks, and adjusting to challenges arising from climate change.

Highlights of the results for the Group and Bank are shown below:

Financial MetricsFY-2022FY-2023
Gross Income (US$ billion)1.502.62
Operating Income (US$ billion)1.031.60
Net Income (US$ billion)  455.3  756.1
Total Assets (US$ billion)  27.86  33.47
Total Liabilities (US$ billion)  22.66  27.35
Shareholders’ Funds (US$ billion)  5.21  6.12
Net asset value per shareUS$58,500US$63,683
Profitability Return on average assets (ROAA) Return on average equity (ROAE)  1.87%     9.91%  2.56%     13.31%
Operating Efficiency Net interest margin Cost-to-income ratio  3.83% 21.88%  4.96% 19.09%
Asset Quality Non-performing loans ratio (NPL)  3.40%      2.47%
Liquidity and capital adequacy Cash/Total assets Capital Adequacy ratio (Basel II)    14.71%   27.62%    16.80%   23.77%


About Afreximbank

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution mandated to finance and promote intra-and extra-African trade. For 30 years, the Bank has been deploying innovative structures to deliver financing solutions that support the transformation of the structure of Africa’s trade, accelerating industrialization and intra-regional trade, thereby boosting economic expansion in Africa. A stalwart supporter of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), Afreximbank has launched a Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS) that was adopted by the African Union (AU) as the payment and settlement platform to underpin the implementation of the AfCFTA. Working with the AfCFTA Secretariat and the AU, the Bank is setting up a US$10 billion Adjustment Fund to support countries effectively participating in the AfCFTA. At the end of December 2023, Afreximbank’s total assets and guarantees stood at over US$37.3 billion, and its shareholder funds amounted to US$6.1 billion. The Bank disbursed more than US$104 billion between 2016 and 2023. Afreximbank has investment grade ratings assigned by GCR (international scale) (A), Moody’s (Baa1), Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCR) (A-) and Fitch (BBB). Afreximbank has evolved into a group entity comprising the Bank, its impact fund subsidiary called the Fund for Export Development Africa (FEDA), and its insurance management subsidiary, AfrexInsure (together, “the Group”). The Bank is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt.

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