Banc ABC poised for growth amid tough operating environment.

  • Non-interest revenue increased from P42m in the previous period to P75m in the current period
  • Retail Banking deposits increased by 15% compared to the previous period
  • Cost of funding was managed downwards within the commercial banking segment
  • Treasury and Global Markets performance doubled from the previous period
  • Total expenses decreased from P201m in the previous period to P193m in the current period
  • The bank maintained a capital adequacy ratio of 22%

BancABC Botswana, the BSE-listed bank today announced its half year results for the six months ended 30 June 2021, against a subdued economic backdrop, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns.

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BancABC has remained resilient in the current operating environment as business activity increased in the first half of 2021, with Real GDP up by 0.7% in the first quarter compared to a contraction of 4.6% in the previous quarter.

Commenting on the results, Managing Director Kgotso Bannalotlhe said, “Currently, economic activity is relatively stable. While COVID-19 placed significant pressure on the economy and our overall business, BancABC Botswana has shown remarkable resilience amid a tough operating environment. While the bank operates in an environment that is seeing a rise in COVID-19 infections, it is encouraging that the business has maintained a healthy capital adequacy ratio as well as being successful in improving total expenses with focus on cost containment across the board.”

The retail segment saw an increase in customer deposits this year, signalling an improvement from the previous period and strengthening the current funding mix.

This segment has built great momentum and continues to advance its digital strategy, through various products such as the mobile banking app, SARUMoney, as well as enhanced product offerings such as the introduction of fash cash.

The Bank has invested in its digital capabilities to ensure a seamless and hassle-free banking experience for all its customers.

The commercial segment was successful in reducing the cost of funding. In addition, Treasury and Global Markets performed well.

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