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Shareholders commend Wema Bank’s extraordinary performance and profitability at Wema Bank AGM 2023

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L-R: Company Secretary, Wema Bank, Johnson Lebile; Deputy Managing Director, Wema Bank, Wole Akinleye; Chairman, Board of Directors, Wema Bank, Dr (Mrs.) Oluwayemisi Olorunshola; MD/CEO, Wema Bank, Moruf Oseni and Chairman of the Statutory Audit Committee, Joe Anosike, at the Wema Bank 2023 Annual General Meeting held in Lagos, today.
  • Wema Bank shareholders approve N0.50 dividend, new directors at stellar 2023 AGM
  • Bank records 196% increase in Profit Before Tax, 220.4% rise in Profit After Tax in FY 2023
  • Wema Bank making progress towards CBN’s N200bn recapitalization target with N40bn Rights Issue

Wema Bank, Nigeria’s foremost innovative bank and pioneer of Africa’s first fully digital bank, ALAT, has placed its shareholders in celebration mode, receiving commendation for a profitable 2023 financial performance, at its just concluded 2023 Annual General Meeting, which held on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

The Wema Bank AGM is a yearly gathering convening shareholders and other stakeholders of Wema Bank to assess the Bank’s financial performance over the previous year, its strategies, as well as to determine resolutions on relevant aspects of the Bank’s operations to promote accountability, democratic utilisation of investors’ funds and strategic allocation of the Bank’s resources towards the sustainable success of the business. According to shareholder testimonials, not only was the 2023 Wema Bank AGM allegedly the best AGM in the Bank’s history, the financial performance as captured in Wema Bank’s FY 2023 Annual Report, is also allegedly the Bank’s best so far.

Exercising their voting rights, the Bank’s shareholders unanimously approved a N0.50 dividend for the year ended December 31st, 2023, as well as the appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors of the Bank—Yewande Zaccheaus and Yusuf Kazaure, and the new Executive Director, Segun Opeke, as new additions to the Wema Bank Board of Directors. Shareholders further commended the Bank on an exceptional 2023 financial performance as its financial report revealed a 196% increase in Profit Before Tax (PBT) from N14.75bn to N43.59bn, 220.4% increase in Profit After Tax (PAT) from N11.21bn to N33.66bn, 70.63% increase in Gross Earnings from N132.30bn to N225.75, 53.64% increase in Loans disbursed from N521.43bn to N801.10bn and a remarkable 220.53% increase in Earnings per share from N87.2 to N279.5, among other successful upturns.

Shareholders commend Wema Bank’s extraordinary performance and profitability at Wema Bank AGM 2023

L-R: Company Secretary, Wema Bank, Johnson Lebile; Deputy Managing Director, Wema Bank, Wole Akinleye; Chairman, Board of Directors, Wema Bank, Dr (Mrs.) Oluwayemisi Olorunshola; MD/CEO, Wema Bank, Moruf Oseni and Chairman of the Statutory Audit Committee, Joe Anosike, at the Wema Bank 2023 Annual General Meeting held in Lagos, today.

Expressing gratitude to the Bank’s stakeholders for their contributions to the tremendous results achieved, Moruf Oseni, Wema Bank’s MD/CEO, disclosed the Bank’s progress towards realising the recapitalisation minimum target of N200bn, set by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). “As a Bank, we feel privileged and lucky to have enjoyed the support of our Shareholders and Stakeholders, especially in the past year. The Bank’s performance has been stellar throughout the year and the figures testify to that. None of it could have been possible without the support of the Board, my colleagues in Executive Management, and our customers who are extremely loyal and committed to helping us improve, but I think the most important ingredient of all is the followership of the 5000+ employees that I lead as the MD/CEO of Wema Bank. We have given them a purpose which has resonated with them, and they are working day and night to ensure that your Bank gets to the top. That is the reason you see the results you have seen”.

“To the owners of the Bank, our Shareholders, we are grateful. You have been relentless in your support of this administration and have constantly challenged to achieve greater and supported us. As always, we will continue to rise to the occasion. The apex Bank has done its due diligence and approved our N40bn Rights Issue, which is currently undergoing SEC approval to be listed on the Nigerian Exchange. Our Capital Base now stands not at the current N15bn but with the Rights Issue, at N55bn—significant headway towards N200bn. Following the shareholders’ and Board’s approval, we are set to raise the N200bn within the 24-month timeline through public placements and a public offer, which we are confident that we will achieve before the timeline expires. We have shared our plans with the CBN, and we will work assiduously to meet balance our Capital Base in the nearest future. At a minimum, Wema Bank will remain a National Bank, we will keep working tenaciously to become a Systematically Important Bank, reattain Tier-1 status, and continue providing optimum value for every shareholder and stakeholder of Wema Bank”, Oseni concluded.

Commending the exceptional results, Mr. Badmus Tunde, a Shareholder of the Bank added, “I welcome the new Chairman on board and our MD/CEO as well, it is evident that they are very capable of steering the ship. I want to congratulate the Bank for coming this far, 79 years is not child’s play and I pray God grants us long life. Since 1945, Wema Bank has seen the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, and through thick and thin, it has gotten to where it is today. The results are overwhelming, and profitability has been maintained. Kudos to the Board and Management”.

Upon Shareholder approvals, Wema Bank is set to disburse the N0.50 dividend for FY 2023 to its shareholders by May 29, 2024. In view of the Bank’s financial progress over the past 5 years, it is predicted that Wema Bank’s 2024 financial performance will outdo its past accomplishments, including that of the year ended December 31, 2023. Following SEC approval, the Bank’s N40bn Rights Issue is set to be listed on the Nigerian Exchange in the nearest future.

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ZENITH BANK EMERGES BEST COMMERCIAL BANK IN NIGERIA AND BEST CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, NIGERIA AT WORLD FINANCE 2024 AWARDS

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ZENITH BANK EMERGES BEST COMMERCIAL BANK IN NIGERIA AND BEST CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, NIGERIA AT WORLD FINANCE 2024 AWARDS

Zenith Bank Plc has emerged as the Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria in the World Finance Banking Awards 2024, retaining the award for a fourth consecutive year. The bank was also named as Best Corporate Governance, Nigeria for the third year running in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards 2024. The awards, which were published in the Summer 2024 Issue of the World Finance Magazine, are in recognition of the bank’s robust financial performance, superior customer service, sustainability initiatives and corporate governance practices.

Commenting on the dual honours, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive of Zenith Bank Plc, Dame (Dr.) Adaora Umeoji, OON, remarked: “These awards highlight our steadfast dedication to excellence, adherence to global best practices, and our persistent effort to deliver superior value to all stakeholders through innovative products and services. Receiving these awards consecutively for multiple years signifies the commitment of our staff, the loyalty of our customers, and the support of our shareholders. We remain devoted to setting industry benchmarks and driving excellence across all aspects of our operations.”

Dr. Umeoji expressed her delight at the recognition and dedicated the awards to the Founder and Chairman, Dr. Jim Ovia, CFR, for his impactful leadership in establishing a robust and flourishing institution. She also expressed gratitude to the board for their vision and insight, the staff for their unwavering dedication, and the bank’s customers for choosing Zenith as their preferred bank.

World Finance is a leading international magazine providing comprehensive coverage and analysis of the financial industry, international business and the global economy. The editorial combines award-winning reportage, covering a broad range of topics from banking and insurance to wealth management and infrastructure investment, with contributions from some of the world’s most well-respected economists and theorists as well as consultants in government think tanks and the World Economic Forum.

Zenith Bank’s track record of excellent performance has continued to earn the brand numerous awards, with these latest accolades coming on the heels of several recognitions including being recognised as the Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital for the 14th consecutive year in the 2023 Top 1000 World Banks Ranking, published by The Banker Magazine. We were also awarded the Bank of the Year (Nigeria) in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards for 2020 and 2022; and Most Sustainable Bank, Nigeria in the International Banker 2024 Banking Awards

Further recognitions include Best Bank in Nigeria for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022 in the Global Finance World’s Best Banks Awards and Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria for three consecutive years from 2021 to 2023 in the World Finance Banking Awards. Additionally, Zenith Bank has been acknowledged as the Best Corporate Governance Bank, Nigeria, in the World Finance Corporate Governance Awards for 2022 and 2023, and ‘Best in Corporate Governance’ Financial Services’ Africa for four consecutive years from 2020 to 2023 by the Ethical Boardroom.

The bank’s commitment to excellence saw it being named the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria in the Banker Magazine Top 500 Banking Brands for 2020 and 2021 and Retail Bank of the Year for three consecutive years from 2020 to 2022 at the BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards. The bank also received the accolade of Most Sustainable Bank, Nigeria, in the International Banker 2023 Banking Awards and Best Commercial Bank, Nigeria and Best Innovation in Retail Banking, Nigeria, in the International Banker 2022 Banking Awards. Zenith Bank was named Bank of the Decade (People’s Choice) at the ThisDay Awards 2020, Bank of the Year 2021 by Champion Newspaper, Bank of the Year 2022 by New Telegraph Newspaper, and Most Responsible Organisation in Africa 2021 by SERAS Awards

 

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Wema Bank Commemorates International Day of Cooperatives in Collaboration with Lagos State Government

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Wema Bank, Nigeria’s foremost innovative bank and pioneer of Africa’s first fully digital bank ALAT, has reiterated its commitment to empowering cooperative societies for optimal productivity through its digital solution for cooperatives, CoopHub, at the Lagos State Government Ministry of Commerce, Cooperatives, Trade and Investment International Day of Cooperatives 2024 Event held on Saturday, 6th July 2024.

…Reiterates Commitment to Empowering Cooperative Societies for Optimal Productivity through CoopHub.

Wema Bank, Nigeria’s foremost innovative bank and pioneer of Africa’s first fully digital bank ALAT, has reiterated its commitment to empowering cooperative societies for optimal productivity through its digital solution for cooperatives, CoopHub, at the Lagos State Government Ministry of Commerce, Cooperatives, Trade and Investment International Day of Cooperatives 2024 Event held on Saturday, 6th July 2024.

International Day of Cooperatives is a global celebration commemorated annually on the first Saturday of July, to recognise the significant impact of cooperative societies in promoting sustainable economic growth and their role in building a more sustainable future. Themed “Cooperatives: Building a Better Future For All”, the 2024 International Day of Cooperatives commemorated by the Lagos State Government in collaboration with Wema Bank, convened key players in the cooperative ecosystem towards proffering solutions to prevalent challenges faced by cooperatives in Nigeria and creating a more sustainable future for all, through the cooperative industry. CoopHub, Wema Bank’s digital solution for cooperative societies stood out as a key solution to not only overcoming the challenges impeding the growth of cooperative societies but also boosting economic growth and creating a better future for all.

CoopHub is a digital solution launched by Wema Bank to empower cooperative societies with the resources, opportunities and support they need to operate seamlessly, achieve maximum productivity and meet the needs of members in the most efficient way. Simultaneously eradicating the struggles of manual recordkeeping, poor access to loans, inefficient communication and planning, tedious processes and insecurity of funds and data, CoopHub refines the cooperative experience by facilitating secure financial transactions, 100% transparency within cooperative societies, easily accessible and trackable records for both members and leaders, efficient member management for leaders and real-time reporting for informed decision making, all from the comfort of their phones and gadgets, ensuring that cooperative societies can achieve their goals easily and remain productive. This revolutionary solution has proven itself a gamechanger for the Nigerian Cooperative Industry and potentially, will serve as the launchpad of the industry on the global scale.

Recapitulating the role of cooperative societies as an essential avenue for economic growth, Wema Bank’s Divisional Head of Retail and SME, Ayodele Olojede, emphasised the need for intentional, impactful and sustainable efforts towards the advancement of the Nigerian Cooperative Industry. “Cooperative Societies represent a very significant platform for socio-economic development and for us at Wema Bank, we stand proudly as the cooperative-centric bank that is committed to providing the resources and tailored solutions that these cooperatives need to thrive and remain successful. CoopHub is the perfect embodiment of this commitment, and we are thrilled that more cooperatives are discovering this solution and coming on board to optimise their operations and maximise the opportunities provided for their growth. The achievement of a sustainable and ideal future for cooperative societies not only requires that we adapt to the increasingly digital world we exist in, but also drive more inclusivity for the youth to also key in. CoopHub succinctly unites both pillars in one and as the digital solution pioneered by Nigeria’s most resilient and innovative bank, you can trust that the future we are enabling for cooperative societies is one that is built to last”.

“As the Bank that is committed to creating and promoting viable opportunities for women, in celebration of International Day of Cooperatives, we are supporting every woman present here at the Lagos State Government Ministry of Commerce, Cooperatives, Trade and Investment International Day of Cooperatives 2024 Event, with a free healthcare plan through our women-focused proposition, SARA by Wema. We remain unwavering in our lifelong mission of empowering lives through innovation and are committed to proliferating our positive impact across every key vertical that is instrumental to the success of the people and the growth of the Nigerian economy. We take this unique celebration as an opportunity to further reiterate our commitment to empowering cooperative societies for optimal productivity through CoopHub. She concluded.

Since its launch in May 2024, CoopHub, the first of its kind in the Nigerian financial services industry, has onboarded over 1,000 cooperative societies, helping them optimise their operations and secure the resources and support they need to thrive with maximum efficiency. With its unique, simplified and tailored configuration, CoopHub stands as the future of Nigerian cooperative societies.

Cooperative Societies that are interested in getting started on CoopHub, are encouraged to visit https://coophub.alat.ng and get onboarded in minutes.

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